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My Hellish Withdrawal
Pregabalin
by Mrcraggles
Citation:   Mrcraggles. "My Hellish Withdrawal: An Experience with Pregabalin (exp103284)". Erowid.org. May 1, 2015. erowid.org/exp/103284

 
DOSE:
600 mg oral Pharms - Pregabalin (daily)

BODY WEIGHT: 101 kg


I have been taking 600mg of Pregabalin a day for about a year and a half for Generalised Anxiety Disorder. I have a history of anxiety and depression. I have experienced a complete change in my life, most of my anxiety and depression has now gone, and I have tried so many antidepressants and benzodiazepines but have not found them helpful. Pregabalin has given me such a quality of life that I never thought possible. I have also taken the drug at higher doses (1200mg) as that dose makes me feel wonderfully energetic and happy and extremely sociable.

I recently had to go over a week without Pregabalin and it was HELL. Below you can find a list of things I experienced during that week:

Severe anxiety and depression.
Suicidal ideation.
Inability to sleep.
Extreme difficulty eating.
Extreme thirst.
Nausea and vomiting.
Diarrhoea.
Difficulty swallowing.
Difficulties with my breathing.
Aggressive panic attacks, including fainting and a trip to the hospital.
Inability to socialise.
No energy.
Inability to concentrate.
Crying.
Brightening of colour.

It was quite literally hell and there was no escape. I couldn't even sleep to escape the experience. It all came to a climax when I had chest pains, a really bad panic attack and I fainted. An ambulance took me to the hospital where I was given diazepam which helped slightly but not much. I've now had some Pregabalin and all of my withdrawal symptoms evaporated.

DO NOT cold turkey from this medication.

Exp Year: 2012ExpID: 103284
Gender: Not Specified 
Age at time of experience: 27 
Published: May 1, 2015Views: 5,159
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Pharms - Pregabalin (418) : Addiction & Habituation (10), Medical Use (47), Not Applicable (38)

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