Do you want to get off Neurontin? Searching for a Neurontin taper that really works?
Here are just a few of the many Neurontin withdrawal success stories from people who have used Point of Return's Neurontin withdrawal program to taper off Neurontin.
First of all, I want to say there is hope for all of you who are going through a trial you feel will never end!
I was addicted to a sleeping pill for 4 years that turned on me and stopped working. My doc told me to go cold turkey off of it which in turn sent me into the worst hell of my life…withdrawal!! I thought I was going to die…from panic attacks to tremors to wondering if I would ever be normal again. After multiple doctors, more drugs and NO answers, I then found Point of Return (POR)!
Alesandra was my angel on the other end of that phone call walking me through how to conquer this! She was the most sensitive, loving person who gave me so much hope to push forward. She could relate to me because of all that she had gone through. Her book made me feel like I had known her forever.
I never thought I would sleep again, but Alesandra kept telling me to hold on and be patient. The POR program works. Every piece of advice she gave me was proven true. I am now sleeping GREAT and the support/sleep and relax has helped me with that!! It really, truly works!
I give the glory to God for directing my path to Alesandra and the team!
Debbie H. , (California) - Temazepam, Paxil, Neurontin
About 14 years ago, I started on my journey with an introduction to antidepressants. I had been in a fairly good marriage for almost 20 years. We had 3 sons (my former husband had maintained that the most important part of life was family). But in 1990 he left us and finally 6 years later remarried. That's when I "fell apart," and my family doctor started me on Zoloft. Two years later I stopped the med because I had gained 40 lbs (was not overweight at all before), and began to have severe hot flashes. Fortunately, they were relieved with natural hormone creams. I did in time remarry a very nice widower with 2 grown daughters, and we have a lovely granddaughter who is 5-1/2.
Then in 2000, stress at work skyrocketed, so I began Effexor 75mg. I had lost some weight before this, but gradually it came back and with it a feeling of complacency, and something new-- a desire to spend money - not gamble, but I wanted more clothes, shoes, etc.Fluctuating weight didn't help. I tried for 3+ years to stop Effexor, with my doctor's help, but couldn't. The brain zaps and imbalance were too much. So I continued on. Then in 2005, with added work stress, and work related injuries due to increased computer use, carrying a laptop (I worked as a case Manager in Community health care) my dose was increased to 112.5 mg. In the meantime I had various meds for neuropathic pain-pinched nerve in my neck that caused pain right down to my hands - Gabapentin,Tylenol #2, then Tylenol #3. I was also on Nexium for acid reflux. By the fall of 2007, I decided to retire, and start to look after my health. I started my taper from Effexor in late Oct 2007 with the help of a Naturopath, then retired Dec 31/07, and in January reached 37.5 mg with no difficulties. But I suddenly was stuck. The brain zaps, imbalance issues began when I tried to omit a day. My own doctor suggested omitting a dose every other day.
That's when I "accidentally" came across POR with my own brand new laptop! I had been praying for a solution, and God was listening! I called through with a little apprehension as I wasn't sure about finding groups, etc on the Internet, but then I spoke to the most wonderful person ever-Alesandra. I sensed her caring immediately! She listened carefully, discussed how I could safely taper the Effexor by compounding, explained the POR programme, and suggested I think about it. I did, but not for long. The next day I ordered the supplements, Alesandra's book too. Like so many, I read her book, and could not put it down. I cried and cried. This was the beginning of a successful but very gradual taper which I completed Aug 22/08.I took longer because I had a fear of those horrible brain zaps. I followed the programme carefully until mid Sept.08 when I thought I would be ok, and stopped it. This was a major mistake on my part.
Our family went through two deaths (older members) that Sept, and in early Oct I noticed a ringing in my ears. By Dec it was horrible, made worse with an ear/sinus infection, and suddenly lack of sleep and panic attacks began. On Dec 23, my family doctor started me on Clonazepam.5mg BID. It helped for a time with sleep and decreasing the volume of the ringing, but little did I realize the path I was now on. I did get down to .5mg at bedtime by mid March, and was stuck. Finally I reconnected with Alesandra - she was so kind as usual, and oh so understanding. Then by late June, I decided I had to start to get off this horrible med, and a younger family doctor was helping me and started guiding me on the tapering. This time I was making NO mistakes. I started back on the POR supplements and have followed the programme very carefully. Occasionally I have made the odd small error with food, and I must admit, it shocks me when I realize even a very small change in diet can effect me.
I can't begin to thank Alesandra enough - she is always right here, answering my emails, phone calls, telling me I will make it. And of course Terry and Andrea are just incredible too - making sure my orders get through, especially when I order last minute--forgive me - will try not to keep doing that!
During the late 1990s, I managed to develop heartburn/acid reflux issues, and went through a series of meds - Zantac, Losec, and finally Nexium.The latter I took for almost 6 years until Alesandra spoke to me about its many negative side effects last May. I was aware of the potential for osteoporosis, and because I already have osteoarthritis, agreed to stop it. I managed fairly well with minimal heartburn problems until about 6 weeks ago. I've been so careful with my diet due to the tapering, and also tinnitus, but something set things off, and after a week of abdominal pains, nausea, poor appetite, severe heartburn, my family doctor convinced me to trial Nexium once again. I had an endoscopy last Nov which showed oesophagitis, so of course the fear of cancer in the future reared it's ugly head. Three days into the Nexium, and my tinnitus was almost unbearable (and it had been getting much better-weaker), plus I started to get very anxious. Suddenly I was on the phone to Alesandra, crying a"basket case." This loving angel had me calmed down in no time, reassuring me I would be ok, and not to feel badly that I had started back this PPI. As we talked, Alesandra checked --sure enough-- tinnitus is a side effect, and so is anxiety. But Alesandra did not stop there - she looked into options and came up with Active Manuka Honey. I stopped the Nexium immediately, and fortunately found the honey locally the next day. It continues to give me relief, and I can also take our Canadian Gaviscon as it does not have aluminum. Of course I watch my diet too. Both the tinnitus and anxiety calmed down within a day!
I should also mention my pain issues that were severe when I was working,have improved immensely, mostly due to the POR supplements,and a little from retiring-not lugging a laptop everywhere,etc.I rarely take anything now,and if so only a regular Advil.
I successfully completed the Clonazepam taper Dec 20/09, the day before my birthday, and it was such a neat present. I did think I would just sail through after, but have experienced a few glitches (not serious), but each day gets better and better. And I am so grateful for this most wonderful programme, for my prayers being answered, for Alesandra, Terry, and Andrea. They are a blessing to all, and such a unique trio. Where would any of us be without them? And then meeting so many super nice people on the Forum, for the sharing of our various struggles and triumphs, and I must not forget, for both Wendy and Rachel--2 special angels who offer their love and support to all of us. And as I continue my journey of healing, my goal is to reach out to others to help them get off such terrible meds by directing them to this phenomenal programme! I will be forever indebted to POR.
Kathy R. (CANADA) Clonazepam, Gabapentin (Neurontin)
After giving birth to my beautiful daughter at the age of 41, I experienced extreme anxiety which led to many sleepless nights. Having been trained in nutritional therapy I tried every natural remedy possible before asking my M.D. for help. By this time I'd been having post partum depression issues for a few months and taking sleeping pills and anti-anxiety medications seemed like the last resort. I reluctantly went down that path thinking that I needed them for a short time to pull myself out of a crisis. I was assured it would only be short term. I was prescribed Zopiclone then temazepam and ativan when it did not help. I had no idea what would happen next.
Within the few months of trying to unsuccessfully withdraw from the meds myself, I'd worked my way up to a stronger prescription to get a decent night's sleep. Days were plagued with an anxiety I'd never experienced before and nights were terrifying as I'd wake up with my heart beating uncontrollably. Some days I was shaking so badly I could barely walk. Still I persisted in trying to withdraw myself. When I'd visit my doctor describing my symptoms, he prescribed additional drugs like Lyrica, Gabapentin and Seroquel--which did not help. As much as I hated to take any more drugs, I relented when he said I should be on the anti-depressant Prisiq.
Every ounce of my being wanted to be off these drugs as soon as possible so I could get back the health I'd so proudly built over the years but it seemed I was losing the battle. I was scared, no, terrified of where my life was heading. I have to remind myself that during this battle I was also expected to give 110% of myself to my growing daughter.--thank God I have a loving and supportive husband and family. My days were long and nights were longer. I know I needed to get help.
Enter Point of Return. From the moment I discovered your life-saving program, I felt understood and really cared for. Andrea's compassion was unparalleled as she listened and made adjustments to my program. When I hit a bump, she was there to walk me through it. I remember thinking as I went through my day, "what would Andrea say" then I'd be comforted and empowered. After 10 months of faithfully following the program, I am now free of all the medication. When I began the progam I thought that I could never go that slowly in withdrawing but I was wrong. I used that time to rebuild my health--body and mind. Most days I would meditate at least once--I became reaquainted with peace. Hope returned, I felt empowered to go the distance. And here I am, at the other side. I've returned to my life but it's better than it was before because I have such gratitude and appreciation for all that I have. Many thanks to Andrea, specifically, and the team, in general.
You walked with me through the darkest cave of my life.
Suzy L. (Nanaimo, BC) - Pristiq, Temazepam