I got brain zaps from Wellbutrin withdrawal, given for smoking cessation, too. I took this dose for a week or so and started going every other day with 15mg. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. “Brain zaps” are sometimes described as jolts of electricity, flashes of white light, or a crackling sound in your head. I … By using our Services or clicking I agree, you agree to our use of cookies. All antidepressants have the potential to cause withdrawal symptoms. keep at it my friend and talk to the doctor if the zaps are too much. Day 14. Wow i couldnt believe it when i came across your post, i thought i was the only one getting these brain zaps! Continuous brain zaps - any experience out there? chuck1957 Never use this subreddit as your first and final source of information regarding your question. February 3, 2015 February 11, 2015 ~ jessrowe26 ~ Leave a comment. A zappy brain feeling day is where I have the sensation of ALMOST having a brain zap all day - that is as though my brain is on the edge of one occurring, but it does not fully occur. There was a problem adding your email This subreddit is for informal second opinions and casual information. What Worsens the Brain Zaps? I would like to know as well. No. Im not saying im glad YOU get them, but its so reasuring to know someone else gets them too. It was wonderful to be able to sleep well, and I took great advantage of that. I get brain zaps in the morning waking up especially when I move my eyes and especially after waking up from a dream. Do not copy or redistribute in any form! “Brain zaps” are sometimes described as jolts of electricity, flashes of white light, or a crackling sound in your head. I never heard of getting brain zaps from caffeine withdrawal, but, considering it affects noradrenergic and dopaminergic systems, it's a possibility. Cookies help us deliver our Services. Some times it feels like my brain is being zapped and at other times my vision reminds me of when you tried to adjust the horizontal and vertical on the old black and white tv's where the screen would just flip. Join the conversation! Maybe it's a common thing with paxil because I got them too while taking it and worse when I quit taking it. Age/sex: 26F Height:5”9 Weight:115 Race:white Primary Complaint: In the morning time (rarely any other time of day) I get these brain zaps when I move around. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and can last for weeks, or longer. Others … Brain zaps not related to SSRI withdrawal. However, they can be bothersome, disorienting, and disruptive to sleep. While they are disconcerting, brain zaps are not considered harmful in the long term. The mod team does their best to remove bad information, but we do not catch all of it. As mentioned earlier, brain zaps are commonly withdrawal symptoms. No. I call them head shocks but i only get them when im coming off my meds. The term “brain zaps” refers to a withdrawal symptom common for individuals who cease taking certain medication for depression and anxiety. They withdrawal symptoms were still a little much when I dropped from 30mg to 15mg. Brain Zaps, among other side effects, are commonly reported as withdrawal symptoms by those attempting to discontinue their use of Cymbalta. But the common belief is that these types of medications affect how the brain functions, including the brain’s neurons, which are nerve cells that have an electrochemical makeup (a combination of electricity and chemistry). All flaired medical professionals on this subreddit are verified by the mods. They tend to fade away as the morning progresses. Do you know what i mean? I can even feel it in my teeth. Lexapro Withdrawal Brain Zaps Lexapro Withdrawal. Stay healthy through tips curated by our health experts. 3 Unfortunately, there is no way … Brain zaps, also known as "brain shocks," "brain shivers" or "head shocks" are a fairly common withdrawal symptom experienced during discontinuation (or reduction of dose) of SSRI and SNRI antidepressant drugs. While the research is not clear on brain zaps causes, scientists believe that they are part of discontinuation syndrome, a phenomenon that occurs as a result of decreasing the dosage or outright ceasing antidepressants. I know you are not my doctor and I will ask him as soon as I can but I'm wondering if anyone here has experienced "brain zaps" while on antidepressants that are not withdrawal related. Brain zaps on Cymbalta are a common but not fully explained phenomenon. I think you're right -- our brain chemistry is pretty complicated, and throwing paxil (or another antidepressant) into the … Like you, I found I really needed a ton of sleep during my withdrawal, and for months after. Ask a doctor or medical professional on Reddit! “Brain zaps” are sometimes called brain shakes, brain shocks or brain flips. As mentioned earlier, brain zaps are commonly withdrawal symptoms. Brain Zaps Are Reported As Symptoms In Cases Of: Thank you for any ideas/brainstorming you can provide. People often describe them as feeling electrical current uncontrollably zapping their brains, which can be extremely frightening and uncomfortable. Effexor is a difficult one to discontinue because of the withdrawal effects. Since brain zaps are a symptom of SSRI/SNRI or tramadol withdrawal, you can probably minimize your brain zaps with a slower taper rate. Methods: We examined 595 unsolicited posts made by individuals frequenting a popular lay mental health website. Antidepressant withdrawal: During withdrawal from antidepressant medications, “brain zaps” are considered common symptoms to experience. My doctor didn't understand when I tried to describe the weird feeling in my head. I never called it zapping but that is a perfect word to describe it! News... but not as you know it News Sport Trending It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. I am a bot, and this action was performed automatically. The brain zaps and withdrawal symptoms are too much to just quit. Oh my God I have to go back to work today. Objective: To describe the characteristics of the electrical phenomena of antidepressant discontinuation syndrome known as brain zaps and their effect on quality of life. A study into Cymbalta, an antidepressant, found the most common withdrawal symptoms included electric-shock sensations in the brain (sometimes called "brain zaps"), dizziness, headache, nausea, and paresthesia. The sensation can be triggered by moving your eyes and is often accompanied by disorientation, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), vertigo, and/or lightheadedness. Sometimes the sensations extend to other parts of the body. 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