Anyone Gone Through Gabapentin Withdrawal without a Permanent Increase in Tinnitus?

Discussion in 'Support' started by pleasejuststop, Jul 10, 2020.

    1. pleasejuststop

      pleasejuststop Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud noise
      How long were you on Gabapentin, the dosage?

      I just started it and I want to make sure it's worth it, because nothing really helps this anxiety and I've been having nightmares as a side effect, but I'll stay on it if it's worth it to try.

      I'm worried because I keep reading about how people experienced their tinnitus getting much worse after trying to taper off and being stuck on it.

      If I want to stop and my tinnitus gets worse, and I'm stuck on it with the vivid disturbing nightmares, I think I'll lose my mind.
    2. lymebite
      Vegged out

      lymebite Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      United States
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      I tried gabapentin for about three months. Ramped up to a dosage of 2400 mg per day. After it seemed clear it was not having any effect at 2400 mg, I tapered off of it pretty quickly over a two week period (that taper schedule as suggested by my doctor). There was no effect on my tinnitus, positive or negative.

      There is at least one study from a reputable tinnitus researcher, Dr. Carol Bauer of Southern Illinois University, that concludes gabapentin can be helpful for tinnitus. A few years ago I had the opportunity to hear Dr. Bauer speak at an ATA tinnitus support group meeting. She shared that she personally suffers from intrusive tinnitus.
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    3. Orions Pain

      Orions Pain Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      A series of unfortunate events
      Hi @pleasejuststop. Are you still taking the Gabapentin? How are things going?

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