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How to taper off Gabapentin
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29 February 2016 - 8:29 pm
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Every other day is the same advice my vet gave me when I tried to wean Cora off Gabapentin. With Cora it didn’t work, but then Cora has some very special neurology. I was really glad that I tried to wean her off, instead of going cold turkey because it clearly wasn’t working for her and I think if it had been cold turkey she would have been really miserable.

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I’m really glad Pam gave me specific directions. I was kind of in the same boat the first day Susie started on Gabapentin. I was warned in a different Tripawds forum that I should start tapering her off before I put her on a one-a-day dose. (I’d given her two doses, eight hours apart, the first day, but she got too sleepy. Plus, she had diarrhea–and we were staying at a hotel since we were snowed in while taking her to get her stitches out! Talk about a dilemma!) I didn’t know how I could taper her off when she’d only had two doses and had only been on it for one day–without just giving her one dose the next day. They’re capsules, so I couldn’t give her 1 1/2.

So that’s what I did (just switched her to one a day), and she was fine. The one-a-day dose took care of the Phantom Limb Pain (that was always worse at night, anyway) and the side effects disappeared.

Anyway, we are tapering now with just two capsules left. So far, so good! Last night was the first night she didn’t have the Gabapentin, and she didn’t scream out even once. I’ll be so glad when she’s completely off it.


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Glad that cute Susie is doing so well. How ’bout a ppst somewhere with some cute pictures of Susie? She makes us smile!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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Awww…thanks, Sal! I will try to take some more soon. We took her little Thundershirt off her this past weekend, although she still has some scabbing. (I wonder how long it usually takes for all the scabs to fall off?) It’s funny–you know how paranoid you sometimes get even after a month, during the late recovery period—I started worrying that the veterinary student left some of her stitches in, because the scabs are black!

Anyway, I was noticing her doing her little front-leg-amp tripawd hopping thing in the backyard today, and thought she looked just like a little white baby lamb! Two of her remaining legs were shaved when they had trouble placing the IVs during surgery, so her legs look really skinny, just like a little sheep’s! It’s really kind of cute. (I love Shaun the Sheep.) I’ll have to take a video soon of my little baby lamb. big-grin

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