I'm working with a new psychiatrist who has me tapering off the Diazepam (per my wishes) by using and increasing a new drug, Gabapentin (Neurontin). I was taking 9 mg of Diazepam per day. He has had me reduce that dose by 1 mg every 5 days, and increasing Gaba by a corresponding 100 mg, from a starting dose of 500 mg to 800 mg so far.
This past weekend, I had a serious depressive episode. Not sure if it was related.
For further background, I was on Klonopin for almost 12 months, when my old psych switched me from 2 mg Klonopin to 18 mg Valium. I then reduced from 18 mg of Valium at 2 mg per week. When I hit 12 mg, I had a bad depressive and panic episode. I then slowed the taper significantly to 9 mg over the next 3 months.
I did feel better when the Gaba was introduced. But I'm wondering now about my taper speed of the Valium.
My first question for anyone who has tried this substitution (or any expert opinions on this) is: what do you think about this pace of taper/substitution?
My second question is: has anyone had luck switching from Valium to Gabapentin (Neurontin) for anxiety?
For full disclosure, it should also be noted that I take 60 mg of Cymbalta and 200 mg of Wellbutrin per day, which has remained at this level for several months.