Paxil withdrawal brain zaps

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I get brain zaps too and the only info I can find is ssri withdrawal. Mine started while I was on venlafaxine, continued when I tapered off under advisement of my GP, due to horrendous side effects, still getting them 3-4 weeks into mirtazapine, constant all day, whether I lay, sit, stand, eyes open or shut. My GP doesn't know what thy are or how to help me.
Wow so relieved to see others having issues with brain zaps. It's scary and sometimes I feel like my eyes have pressure and want to pop out, but its not a pain, just a constant numb sort of annoyance. My fingers and toes are cold most of the time as well.
I won't go back on antidepressants - but am wondering what to call this - maybe brain zaps work. Equally, I am wondering how long THIS is going to happen.
Omg finally someone else who gets brain zaps from oxy withdrawal. I hate it, it is the worst part of oxy withdrawal for me! I got the same thing when I quit my antidepressants awhile back and now that I'm trying to get off the pain killers the same thing happens as soon as they start to wear off.
I'm suffering with the brain zaps after coming off of Lexapro. I tapered off the Lexapro, incrementally and very, very slow. The withdrawal symptoms didn't start right away with my last dose which fooled me into thinking I would miss that part. But, alas not to be. Anyway, it's been 28 days with the zaps, shakiness, and irritablility. I started taking Primrose Oil and doubling up on my fish oil (2000mgs) around 10 days ago. Don't know if it is a coincidence but they are milder.
I was on 100mgs a day with Pristiq for a year and when it came time to switch meds, I honestly thought I was going to die. The withdrawl and brain zaps were much stronger than I had ever felt before. It took 6 full weeks for them to go away and I tapered slow too. I would rather chew on tin foil than go thru that again.
I've heard the 'brain zaps' reference several times when it came to Effexor withdrawal and I'm not sure if this is or isn't what I'm experiencing. The sensations seem random, but usually related to intense movement. Sitting for extended periods of times doesn't really cause it. I've primarily noticed it shortly after getting up, and moving around. And it's usually more prominent in the evening time than during the day.
It does this alot off and on, I am on month two, all my other complaints are gone except I am still having head zaps, after thinking I was dying of a brain tumour and going to the er to be tested and finding nothing, I came on the internet and boom found other ppl with the same thing and all had just stopped using paxil either cold turkey or with tapering, I have counted the ppl I have met with it, I am up to 148 ppl right now, out of about 170 ppl I have asked thats a pretty large percentage,
What I would do is try taking a healthy dose of fish oil every day and see if it helps -- many people have reported this helps with the brain zaps. If the withdrawal eases, you're home free. If it gets worse or particularly if it turns emotional, I'd go back on the Paxil and taper off more slowly. But if it's just brain zaps and nothing else, I'd give it a couple days and try the fish oil.
Just wondering if it's paxil withdrawal or is it from me not getting enough sleep at night? I'm not having ANY ANXIETY at all. Which is AWESOME! And my appetite has been awesome too!!! And the eyes/head rush feeling doesn't freak me out and it doesn't hurt , but it gets kind of annoying sometimes. It feels like a jolt of something... not like a brain zap like some people talk about.. b/c it doesnt feel like electricity or anything... but just strange.. but kinda fierce..
They also make a liquid for people who need to really taper slowly. Try taking a hefty dose of fish oil every day -- it's said to help with the brain zaps. But Paxil and Effexor are the two hardest to go off of, so just take it easy, relax, think of it as being sick, and go as slowly as you need to. Some people find in very difficult cases that going on Prozac and tapering off that makes it easier, but I don't know.
Do a search for 'Paxil brain zaps' on Yahoo or Google. It's become pretty well documented recently but some doctors don't seem to be aware of it for some reason... http://****.org ...has a fairly standard description. Just keep in mind people overwhelmingly share negative information on antidepressants on the internet than positive experiences (people like to share negative experiences more it seems).
Just to add, omega 3 is highly recommended to help with antidepressant withdrawal symptoms; especially brain zaps. **** It has been found that 4 out of 5 people in the US (or 80%) are deficient in magnesium. If you are experiencing 2 or 3 of the following symptoms, you probably are one of them.
What are your symptoms now? Usually withdrawal canl include nausea, anxiety, headaches, brain zaps,trouble sleeping and other possible symptoms.
http://theblondepharmacist.wordpress.com/2007/11/17/brain-shivers-brain-zaps-brain-shocks/ The more I think about it, the more I think (and hope) that it might be the Prozac finally leaving my system. I'm trying not to get anxious about it, but I can be a bit of a hypochondriac sometimes. So any input will be very much appreciated!
I had Paxil withdrawal as well. I was on 70 mg or so (I'm having a brain-fart and cant remember the exact dosage, sorry) for about 8 months. I had the head zaps too. It lasted 3-4 weeks for me.
I am on day 2 of having zero Pexeva and I have had lightheadness, vivid dreams, my equilibrium is constantly off (as if everything around me is moving or spinning), nausea, brain zaps, and many other symptoms. Are these withdrawal symptoms going to completely go away or am I going to live with them for the rest of my life? Thank you.
Please understand that you will most likely experience severe withdrawals from Paxil. The post below explains further... PAXIL WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS MIMIC HEROIN WITHDRAWAL Tell your Doctors, and perhaps they will make the connection! How hard has it been for you to wean yourself from Paxil? It's as agonizing as coming off of heroin..and shares most of the same symptoms and long term effects!
Now they all have names (i.e., brain zaps etc.). I have tried to get off Paxil with a doctor, the brain zaps I get, they only way I can explain them is they are like your computer, when it blinks for just a second, it's like my brain and CNS zap, and it happens anywhere from every 30 seconds to every couple of minutes. I have to lay down and close my eyes. I don't know what to do. I had one doctor tell me I may just have to be on it for life. What if they stop making it then?
Lately, I have been getting this brain zaps. Feels like a brushing on a snare drum, not a horrific jolt but annoying none the less. I asked my doctor if perhaps the Celexa was losing affect, and he suggested to go up to 30 mg. But I have read that folks over 65 should not take more than 20 mg, I did take 30 though last night and within and hour no more zaps. Not sure what to do?
I was on Paxil CR for about 8 months before switching over to regular Paxil when SGK goofed up. I have gained weight with Paxil, gotten skin rashes, and brain fog. Two months ago, I weaned from 20mg to 10mg, and the past 3 weeks down to 5mg. Cutting to 5 has been hell. Aren't these debilitating symptoms supposed to decrease??
Along with being on all of these different medications I have had to go through the process of going off all of the medications which means tapering and side effects, including BRAIN ZAPS. I'm thinking that a lot of people know what I'm talking about, but just as a brief description, brain zaps for me feel like someone is sticking a wire hanger into the center of my brain and running an electric current through it. It lasts for maybe a second, sometimes a little longer.
Please read the following information... PAXIL WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS MIMIC HEROIN WITHDRAWAL! posted by Shawn Allen on September 06, 1999 at 04:24:49: : Tell your Doctors, and perhaps they will make the connection! How hard has it been for you to wean yourself from Paxil? It's as agonizing as coming off of heroin..and shares most of the same symptoms and long term effects!
why is withdrawal from paxil so intense.i'm on 20mg. a day, i,ve tried cutting back to 10mg was on that for a month, then i tried to take 10mg every other day,the second day istarted having withdrawals,tremers,heart racing,weak,ihave never felt so bad in my life.so i always goback to taking the 20mg aday.
I am 66, how long will paxil withdrawal last for me? I have been taking it dor 12 years.
I'm trying to fully understand how paxil works in/with the brain. Once this drug is taken, I need to know from start to finsh what happens to correct the imbalances involving neurotransmitters. I know it has something to do with an abnormal amount od dopamine or an imblance between dopmaine and serotonin, but how does the drug work after it is taken?
Who would guess that taking only 10mg paxil could cause such disruption in one's life when trying to discontinue taking it. I am trying to wean off and started a week ago going every other day, then every third day etc. The dizziness headaches flu like symptons etc have been awful. Is there any help out there to deal with this? I have been taking paxil for seven years and gained 40 lbs.
Connie, there is definitly signs of withdrawal from paxil.. I'm on it for 1 year.. I don't take it everyday, sometimes not for a week. dizzy, nervous, light headed lose balance, and then some.. the longest i've gone witout taking it was two weeks.. It got kinda spooky. i went back on and for three days i felt worse, my body had to re adjust.
I have read about the "textbook" side-effects of Paxil withdrawal, as well as the comments offered by users of this forum. Of these, Amanda's experience most closely matches my own. When I stopped taking Paxil, the only noticeable side-effect was that I would experience an intense (yet brief) moment of dizziness / disorientation whenever I moved my eyes or closed them quickly. This lasted for about a week, and was very difficult to cope with.
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