Effexor withdrawal brain zaps

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Avatar m tn 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.
704329 tn?1518526698 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.
Avatar f tn When they list side effects of drugs, they do not list withdrawal symptoms. The brain zaps do not occur except when withdrawing. If you are getting them now, perhaps the anti-depressant you are on is not the right one for you. I took Prozac for a month, and the side effects I had were terriuble, and I had to be taken off it. Different people react to drugs differently. I had to try a few, before I found the right one for me.
Avatar n tn Prolonged symptoms can occur, from abrupt discontinuation from psych meds. Brain zaps is a common withdrawal symptom. I tapered off Klonopin, and have had prolonged tinnitus for nealy 1.5 years. Doctors have no answers. Unfortunately there's not much a person can do, to relieve withdrawal symptoms, but wait patiently for it to subside on it's own. Hope your husband gets well soon.
1140035 tn?1276355698 Effexor causes brain zaps with stopped abruptly. I dont think the doctors know what havoc this plays on our systems. Probably not there fault, they only know what the drug company tells them. The one time I felt something similiar was when I tried ct, except my zaps where through my whole body, Stranges feeling ever!
Avatar f tn 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.
Avatar n tn i recently stopped taking EFFEXOR XR, and am having severe, flu-like symptoms, and "brain shocks". i am dizzy, and hearing weird noises, especially when i move my head. i have been reading up on this, and find these symptoms are quite common. does anybody know exactly what is the cause in the brain of the "shock" sensations? and are there any long-term effects of taking this drug? what can be taken to help alleviate the symptoms? i am having a hard time functioning......
Avatar m tn I have Bipolar and have been recently taking Lithium Carbonate, Effexor XR, Geodon, and Klonopin. My psychatrist has been lowering my Effexor dose over the last few months. And I have been having issues with some dizziness with each decrease in dose. A little over two weeks ago, I took my last Effexor dose. Since then I've been having problems with severe vertigo, nausea, and "brain zaps.
Avatar m tn I'll amitt it can be brutal if not under a doctor's care. I quit cold turkey one time and I do not recommend this...horrible experience. One time the doctor added Prozac and the effects were eliminated. I have heard that ideally, if you do not plan to take an AD, best to taper over a period of weeks to months.
Avatar m tn I am sure most of you reading this have heard of the brain zaps, and the awkward dizziness which accompany the withdrawal of this medication. I have treid dramamine which actually really helps, but was wondering if anyone has any alternative solutins for these symptons.
611559 tn?1233780045 I agree that getting off Effexor is rough! I had the brain zaps and lack of energy. I got married before I was ever on antidepressants, but I was coping with depression and anxiety. I was extremely short-tempered during that time. What controls my anxiety, hyperventilation and difficulty coping is a 10-mg amitriptyline. Nortriptyline might be an even better choice, but I'm not familiar with how low the doses are. These meds are great for pain relief and are cheap.
20290546 tn?1494340570 I'd like to talk more about my Effexor withdrawal. It's been over a month and the physical withdrawal is gone, however the feeling that I thought I had for just a few days is gone as well. I feel horrible. I feel worse than I did before I went on Effexor almost 5 years ago. I have been reading and searching for anything that will make how I'm feeling mentally go away. Bad news is that even people who were at 37.5 to over 300mg which is where I was, go through the same thing.
768617 tn?1475035656 brain zaps, hot and cold sweats, zombie-head, serious flu symptoms--without the flu, and more. This was done in the days when the manufacturer and many psychiatrists claimed that going cold turkey produced no side effects. It makes me wonder whether those psychiatrists ever bothered listening to their patients, or even took the time to snoop around various message boards to learn what agonies their patients were experiencing.
Avatar f tn 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.
Avatar m tn Until recently I had never used any A/D's in my life, but I decided to try them during my tx. I took lexapro and it didn't do anything so I tried effexor instead. Effexor didn't seem to do a whole lot either. But when I came off of it after I stopped tx, it was hellish. And I tapered and tapered and tapered my dose down to almost nothing over a long period of time, and I still had a bad time of it. I even took the 37.
Avatar n tn The worse withdrawl was the tiredness and zaps and snaps in my head. I could even feel the zaps in my arms and hands. I went off effexor because it raised my blood pressure and my cholresterol. I was on the medication for 1 year and 5 months and had always been a very healthy person, it wasn't until I took effexor and had a dr.s appointment a couple weeks ago that I found out all these results of my blood tests and my declining health. I'm too young to have bad health!!!
Avatar f tn I spoke with my doctor and tapered off the dosage of effexor and started on Prozac to help with the withdrawal symptoms. I took my last 1/4 pill of 37.5 effexor 1 week ago. I have been so sick, unable to eat, drink, crying, phobic, scared, nauseated and unable to function. I am really worried about my job as I have been emotional there and unable to do my job properly. Yesturday I felt that I just couldn't get through it, drove to work but don't know how I did it.
11318065 tn?1462988079 That way you will not get the withdrawal symptoms like brain zaps, nausea, dizziness, etc, which can be quite severe. If you feel you are getting low again, then the depression might be returning. As I said, in the past it was 6 months before I knew the depression had returned. This time I have been without medication for 16 months and doing well. Ups and downs, but manageable. Nothing like it was before I started on anti depressants.
Avatar n tn Has anyone experienced or have input on withdrawal symptons from stopping effexor cold turkey or tapering off slowly. BTW I got a call from a branch of my insurance co. back east today telling me they didn't have enough info for the approval of my next 24 weeks of tx. I told them to talk to my Doc as I thought it was all taken care of and they didn't even have the docs name right so I gave info to them. Called nurse and she said didn't know anything about it.
Avatar n tn I want to start off by saying how great it is to find people going through the same trauma (effexor withdrawal) though of course I wish NONE of us were in this boat! It's been 4 days since I've been off the effexor and the brain zaps are driving me insane. Also nausea, diarrhea, dreams that I'm dying, weepiness. I am a graduate student and had to cut my class tonight because I felt too horrible.
Avatar n tn Even when you want to stop the Effexor, you continue to take it to stop the brain zaps, the eye rolling, the nauseau, the diarreha, it is an awful evil drug. Why they say it's not addictive when it is so hard to get off of it is a mystery to me.
Avatar m tn I was in bed for 4 days, very very ill, with these bizarre brain zaps. Took about a month for me to start feeling healthy/good again. If it's working for you all that is great, everyone's body reacts differently.
Avatar n tn If it gets worse or persists maybe you should think about taking a trip to the doc or maybe go to the health food shop and see if they have something to help, fish oil and B -vitamins may help to ease the zaps. Have to warn ya though i went through 3 months of brain zaps after withrawal and got sick again and now cant get back on ANY anti-d as they cause severe side effects. Think it messed up my brain.
Avatar n tn i tapered very slowly and had horrible headaches and brain zaps that were very very scary. While tapering my doctor put me on 20 mg of prozac and I think that helped somewhat. but three months later im still having occasional brain zaps Are these symptoms going to be permanent? im afraid that the effexor has done damage to my brain.
Avatar m tn Hello. Welcome to the world of inadequately tested drugs. You can thank the FDA and the multi billion dollar pharmaceutical industry. The withdrawal syndrome and the recall of meds that have only been around a short time, are likely just the tip of the iceberg. As far as effexor, I ran out for a few days (had been on 150mg for a few years) and thought I was losing my mind. From what I've observed, a tapering schedule needs to be VERY gradual, more so than what many are instructed to use.
Avatar m tn From past experience of changing to other medications, I was aware of the 'brain zaps', or 'electric shock' type sensations synonymous with the drug when discontinuing, but I've not quite been able to believe the side effects I've encountered at stopping them totally.
Avatar m tn I really wish that you would tell us how long that the whole withdrawal lasted. I am on day 9 and still have those stupid "brain zaps" and just not feeling like myself, however, I really don't know what myself feels like since I have been on Effexor for 5 years and Paxil 3 years prior to that. Before that I was hooked on an illegal drug to deal with depression I didn't know that I even had. Wow...
Avatar f tn Is that the lowest you can go? I have heard of people suffering from brain zaps and I know i experience them when I forget to take my Effexor. I also just feel unwell and edgy. Hopefully you tapered down to that and maybe you won't experience anything else. Please let me know.
530150 tn?1284662480 Also it helps if you dont drink caffine while coming off effexor. It helped with releaving some of the Brain Zaps that I had and many others report when coming off of the drug. The withdrawls were so bad for me that my Dr gave me a small dose of vallium to make it through the first week of the withdrawls. I have posted about what some of them were and they were nasty... down right evil side effects and withdrawls for me.