Pristiq withdrawal brain zaps

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7650348 tn?1393010231 Any suggestions on how long the brain zaps and waves of panic stop? I have had a headache for over a month, off and on. These are easing up but I need to know the truth. Why when I told my Dr about the side effects from antidepressants he looks at me like im crazy! Why? He acts like the side effects are made up, yet I have been prescribed alprazolam for the anxiety ? When the anxiety was why I was seen by him! How long until I can safely lower my intake of alprazoloam?
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 f tn He seemed confident that paxil was not working so no need to wean off any slower. But I had an anxiety attack 2 days after stopping the paxil. I have brain zaps and stomach cramps. Have been crying for 5 days now and can't stop crying. Has anyone had an experience like me and will it get better with time. I feel scared all the time. I am a male 35 years of age. Would love to hear from anyone who can help me.
7650348 tn?1393010231 Tapering off can take a long time for many people because of the withdrawal effects, which you're suffering now (the brain zaps, for example). If it were me, I'd wait to come off the alprazoloam, also very difficult to stop taking, until all withdrawal from the Pristiq stops, and if you find the withdrawal too much for you, protocols call for going back on the last dose at which you felt fine and try it slower.
Avatar f tn Brain zaps Shaking Hot sweats Major anxiety Deep depression Vomiting To the point where I had to take time off work. I don't feel safe coming off this medication. Has anyone gone thru this that can help with successful tips?
Avatar m tn i stopped cold turkey and suffered severe nausea, brain 'zaps' as they call them (think it was brain zaps - felt like suddenly i got a shock to my head particularly moving it quickly) I suggest taking a few days off when you need to stop this medication (if you go cold turkey). i also think the longer you are taking pristiq or any antidepressant for that matter, the worse you should expect the discontinuation symptoms.
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 m tn Hi there.I can't believe I came across this site? I've been on pristiq for about 10mnths? When I read "brain zaps" I froze.Thats what I get from pristiq,and they are horrible.I didn't know how to explain them to people? I know they are worse if I miss a dose or forget? It's like your brain saying where is my next dose? It's seriously like a crunching electric jolt. Really really not nice.I do want together off them but,say I start to taper off,I get these Zaps!
Avatar f tn The type where I was witnessing gross murders and mutilations and many times committing them myself. Nausea, brain zaps, tremors, fatigue, cold sweats... you name it I had it. So they put me on Prozac. It took about another 2 weeks but finally the symptoms subsided and I was feeling great. Apparently I was very ill and had to be on medication to regulate those symptoms. They were certainly not discontinuation symptoms (or so they told me).
Avatar n tn 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 i always goback to taking the 20mg aday.
Avatar m tn Hi, i am 21 years old and was on a effexor for a about a year (75mg) and do to serious weight loss,(My hair was also getting thin) I had to stop taking effexor, i weaned my self off by taking 37,5 for two weeks...for the first 14 days i had brain zaps, after that i started having a serious issue with anxiety and had really bad nightmares.....its been a month, the worst is over but i still have blured vision, a bit of fatigue and a bit of dizziness....
3038261 tn?1340923009 ) because it has been making my mania symptoms worse. As part of the withdrawal, I've been experiencing something I've come to find is known as "brain shivers". I was wondering if anyone has experienced this before, and if so, has any advice on how to cope.
Avatar n tn Hey, I was taking effexor for around a month after tryin many other medicines but decided they dont work, so I weaned off effexor about a month ago, I am STILL having the brain zaps, like overwhelming rush of light headedness. I went to my doctor and told him that. He says its possibly because of it. HOW LONG will this last?? I've been off for a month like I said, even tried imitrex painkiller, it helped alittle but I don't want to rely on that anymore!
Avatar n tn I am 23 years old and since I was roughly 12, I have taken various SSRI medications, including Paxil, Zoloft, Cylexa, and most recently, Pristiq. In conjunction, I have taken Xanax or Ativan. Each time I would take a medicine for a few months, I would begin to notice that it no longer seemed to "help", resulting in multiple switches/changes recommended by Psychs. Most recently, I missed a few doses of Pristiq.
Avatar m tn you can probably guess, the brain zaps!!! He said he had not heard of this symptom before but, that he would research it. At her next appt. she got the news, yes it was one of the side effects. It has been FOUR long years and the side effects have ruined her life! To this day she suffers from these "brain shivers". There is no cure, if she had known about the side effects she NEVER would've agreed to take it.
1387847 tn?1291027722 Also when coming off Cymbalta the 1st time i couldnt do as the zaps and flashes in the brain and terrible twitches i would get that I had for years as part of an unusual seizure apparantly was so bad but when taking the powder regulary , couple times a week, and even got some liquid form that you mix 1/2 water and spray on your thighs or belly after shower, it gets into your system well, I was using it to try to lose weight from the cymbalta weight and didnt work but it made me have NO brain z
1442059 tn?1340244552 I had no side-effects. The withdrawal was kinda bad... At least 100 brain zaps a day, irritability etc... But I did quit cold turkey and only had to endure this for 1 month. Now that Lyme disease is affecting my life terribly with late stage symptoms I am thinking of getting back on Cymbalta since it's really the only AD that worked for me at giving me a kick to start my day. It is also a good analgesic for neuropathic pain and various other pains.
Avatar f tn The doctor recently gave me pain killers with codeine in them, but I hardly ever take them, as can be addictive, and as I withdrew from the anti depressant, did not want to get hooked on a drug again. I hope things work out for you, but your could get brain zaps and all sorts of other things whilst you are withdrawing from the Effexor. Let us know how you get on. Take care.
1348086 tn?1370786785 Pristiq is ''the new Effexor, if you had success with Effexor and Cymbalta in the past I think it's a good choice. It depends on what you are expecting from a drug. The tricyclic SNRIs are rather sedating while the SNRIs are stimulating. Do you want to take your medication at night or during the day? Do you suffer from insomnia or hypersomnia? Those are questions that needs to be answered for a better medication choice even tho everyone can react differently to drugs.
Avatar f tn Let me tell you....Comin off this med is He**!!!!!!!! I have like brain zaps, very untolerable queezieness. I cant hardly hold my head up. Then the headaches r pretty aweful!!!!
1452582 tn?1285096944 When I quit cold turkey I had withdrawal symptoms like brain zaps for 1 month or so. I think Cymbalta will help you as in my book it is one of the best antidepressant around (and it's not that I don't know any other antidepressants). One drug does not fit all but if you are a good responder to it it is excellent.
Avatar f tn Now I want off all meds and am really not looking forward to the dizziness, crying fits, emotional outbursts and brain zaps. Here's to a hopefully short withdrawl!
Avatar n tn I was taking 10 mg of Lexapro for about 10 months. It made me feel pretty good, it definitely evened out my mood. I was planning my wedding at the time, and felt that I needed something to curb the anxiety and craziness that I was feeling. A few months after my wedding, I quit cold turkey and had pretty bad withdrawal syndromes. No "brain zaps", but I experienced headaches, nausea, dizziness, and felt like my head was going to fly off every time I moved it quickly.
724811 tn?1291434386 I just wonder if I should take a break. My head is pounding and I have brain zaps, nausea, and dizziness as a result of cutting back on Pristiq. I remember going off Effexor and it was pure misery. I'm not looking forward to the next month or so, but I think i need to give this a try. I can always go back on meds if I feel horrible off them. Please share your experiences about this topic with me, as I could use the advice.
5050843 tn?1362873926 Did you have any of the "brain zaps" while transitioning over? im transitioning from zoloft to wellbutrin & feel like my eyes kinda skip a beat, like they stop when i turn my head & have to "restart"? Are those brain zaps??
Avatar n tn I am having BRAIN ZAPS which are like your eyes and your brain are shifting simultaneously in your head, you can hear this in your head, your eyes do not focus, you cannot handle light, any exhertion makes you sweat, and if you are among people, you feel like you have dementia. That started June 8th. It is now July 5th. My Dr. was of no help. To quote her "Oh gee, what it going on?" I had to tell her. Nevermind her. She has gotten an education from me.
Avatar f tn I had to withstand Serotonin Syndrome and withdrawel from Effexor for a month of brain zaps, eyes vision not working, nausea, perceptual problems, paranoia in public etc. She did not know what these symptoms were and told me to drink water. She is no longer my Dr.
Avatar f tn I have gotten my information from college courses and personal experience, and yes, I have had to stop taking Effexor in the past because it wasn't helping my anxiety issues. I've also tried almost every type of antidepressant out there recommended for anxiety: tricyclics, SSRI's, and Effexor (the only SNRI I've tried). Effexor was most definitely the hardest one to get off of due to serotonin discontinuation syndrome.