I have been very busy doing searches for anything related to magnesium as I have had my eyes and mind opened to the miracle of magnesium.
I have been gabapentin free for 52 days now and with very little withdrawal and some days with none.
I have tried servral different magnesium supplements some better than others.
Ionic fizz magnesium plus: it has helped but a lot of acid which can't be good for my teeth.
Magnesium oxide: not much help and lots of diarea.
Cal-Mag Supreme: It works fairly well but again it has acid.
Jigsaw Magnesium w/SRT: (sustained release technology) this one does not cause diarea but may not be recomended for withdrawal because some of the ingrediant's may be activating. Currently this is my primary choice it releases the magnesium over a period of 8 hours and right now I take 2 in the morning and 1 at bedtime, each tablet is 125 mg. dimagnesium malate and malic acid (as dimagnesium Malate), B6 (pyridoxal-5-phosphate) Folate (Quatrefolic 5-MTHF) There is Acid in the tablet which I swallow whole so acid does not effect my teeth. I currently have no side effects from this product.
Remag: A new product which just came out a couple of months ago and has 100% absorption. I thought I was going to get this product sometime next week but it has been back ordered and will now ship on Dec. 6, 2012 this product holds great promise as there is no diarea and has 100% absorption. ReMag
I must admit that I have not been able to try ReMag yet but it comes by good authority. As this is a new kind of magnesium supplement and you can read more about it and it's author at Dr. Carolyn Dean Md. Nd.
I know that I was skeptical about magnesium when I read the forum posts suggesting a magnesium supplement to help reduce my withdrawal but I was just desperate enough to try it. As there didn't seem to be any end in sight to my withdrawal which went on for more than a month and the longer I was in withdrawal the worse it got, to the point that I wasn't eating so I had to reinstate to the 1200 mg. dosage of gabapentin. Then I could eat and no withdrawal but that wasn't good enough for me I simply wanted to stop taking gabapentin and without a magnesium supplement I doubt I would have been able to stop taking gabapentin.
My thinking and understanding about why magnesium is so effective in treating the withdrawal symptoms of gabapentin and many other durgs which cause withdrawal is explained below.
I can only epeculate about this aspect of phamaceutical durgs but could it be that it is the magnesium which is flooding the blood stream that is the most benificial aspect of the drug and posibly a trade secret as to why theses drugs are marketed in the first place. Is it possable that the big pharma knows that it is the magnesium that is the biggest cintributing factor in the success of a drug and why so many of these drugs fail after awile (because all of the magnesium has been deplete from our bodies.
The following quote is from carolyndean web sight.
"I used to recommend angstrom magnesium however, ReMag Pico-Ionic is a much higher potency at 50,000 ppm compared to 3,000 ppm in the angstrom form. ReMag comes in 8oz. bottles at an average daily dosage of 250 mg per 4 mls (1 tsp = 5 ml). The smaller bottles make it much more convenient and easier to pack when traveling.
5. In my book, The Magnesium Miracle I talked about Dr. Mildred Seelig’s original research with the pharmaceutical industry. She found that most drugs, when taken, cause magnesium to flood the blood stream. Presumably to help detoxify the drug. HOWEVER, the surge of magnesium can greatly benefit the individual who assumes that the drug is causing the benefit. Then after “the honeymoon is over” and all the magnesium stores are depleted, you really begin to notice the drug side effect. The drug companies have not bothered to convey this information to the public."
May you all be well.