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Lexapro Withdrawal Brain Zaps
2 weeks: Can take a couple of weeks. Get back to me if you need more info, so we can talk more. ...Read more
I weaned of lexapro (escitalopram) over a month. Since I've been completely off I've had brain zaps and fog and trouble retrieving words. How long does this last?
Not much longer: The symptoms you describe are classic for SSRI withdrawal. The good news therefore is that the cause seems clear. I view the experience you describe as what it feels like to have the body readjust its gene expression and nervous system function. It will eventually go away. Though I have it take a couple months sometimes. ...Read more
It can be: Many antidepressants such as Lexapro (escitalopram) can lead to a variety of withdrawal symptoms if they are stopped too quickly. This is very common and is often referred to as antidepressant discontinuation syndrome. Speak with your doc about your symptoms to see if this is what is happening so you can develop a plan for managing these symptoms. ...Read more
Stopped Lexapro (escitalopram) completely 14 days ago after weaning from 10mgs. I'm still having brain zaps, especially when moving my eyes. When will this go away?
Muscle Spasm: Most likely it will go away soon. If you still have problems after a week or two, please see your psychiatrist, an ophthalmologist or neurologist who can treat the muscle spasms of the eye with medications (eye drops or oral) your symptoms are due to an abnormal reaction to ssris, with ddd and other meds, and you should be aware when the next trial of anti anxiety and antidepressants will come. ...Read more
Disturbing brain zaps after gradual paroxetine withdrawal from 20mg. I'm on 3rd day, they are still frequent. Is this harmful? What should I expect?
I believe you are experiencing the symptoms associated with discontinuing a ssri. Symptoms include dizziness, electric shock-like sensations, sweating, nausea, insomnia, tremor, confusion, nightmares, and vertigo.
You may want to consider a switch to a long half-life medication such as fluoxetine for several days at a relatively low dose and then stop taking any ssri altogether. Good luck. ...Read more
Can brain zaps (like the withdrawal from effexor) be from too little serotinin? No longer take it but still get them. Odd?
Ask Dr: Stopping an SSRI can be very challenging for some and it is very important to have close monitoring by a doctor of any symptoms that develop or stay. It needs to be done slowly and each person's characteristics can make a difference. It's worth doing but it must be done carefully. Don't try to handle it alone - you want the doctor to be responsible for these decisions. Glad you're better now! ...Read more
Was on effexor (venlafaxine) for 10 years. Helped with dizziness. Stopped 3 yrs ago and still get frequent brain zaps (withdrawal symptoms). Why would I still get?
What can cause brain zaps (similar to withdrawal from effexor) when moving one's eyes. I haven't been on Effexor (venlafaxine) for years yet still experience these zaps.
Seizure? Eye problem?: Very unusual, see a eye dr and neurologist for tests, get labs, including tsh for thyroid since I see your history shows weight loss? Don't think effexor (venlafaxine) caused or residual effect. May need brain mdi, for ruing out pituitary tumor or multiple sclerosis. ...Read more
Took cymbalta / duloxetine 30mg daily for 1 month then stopped. No withdrawals for a week but now brain zaps, light headed, nausea, hot flushes?
Unclear: It is unclear what might be causing this no would recommend seeing a doctor or having an online consult. ...Read more
Can a single dose of Saphris (asenapine) cause ssri withdrawal syndrome? I have brain zaps anxiety dry tongue. Maybe bc Saphris (asenapine) raises serotonin levels then gone.
Not lukely: Perhaps yo just do not tolerate the medication. Speak to your doctor for another option ...Read more
My dr took me off Pristiq and put me on Prozac to help taper down, however, I've still had awful withdrawals- increased anxiety, paranoia, "brain zaps", amplified negative feelings, etc. Is there a point I should be "concerned" enough to seek medical care
Talk to doctor: In my practice, with my patients, I have never taken a patient off Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) cold turkey. I always recommend tapering down gently, to avoid the withdrawal symptoms you describe. Talk to your treating physician about restarting the Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) and tapering. ...Read more
Slow taper: Assuming that SSRI withdrawal is causing your brain zaps, then the best way to minimize them is by slowing tapering off of them under your doctor's supervision. Not only should you let your doctor know that you're having withdrawal symptoms but you should also inform him/her if symptoms of depression start to recur. Hope this info helps. ...Read more
I'm Lexapro (escitalopram) 10mg qd. I would like to know what is the best way to wean off of it to get the least or no side effects/ withdrawals?
I stopped taking Wellbutrin (bupropion) abruptly a few weeks ago, could I present withdrawal symptoms now? Should I start again? I also take Lexapro 5 mg/day.
Antidepressants: It is dangerous to abruptly stop medications. You need to speak to your physician as you can significant side effects. ...Read more
My dr. Is dropping me from 20 to 10 mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) for a week before starting Zoloft 50.........will I have bad withdrawals going from 20 to 10........
I was on Lexapro (escitalopram) for a little over 2 months. I stopped taking it (don't need it, not depressed) it'sbeen 4 days. Do I need to worry about withdrawal?
I'm having a lot of nausea withdrawaling from Lexapro. I've been tapering for a yr 20 mg now at 6.5mg. Is that normal?
How many pills of Lexapro (escitalopram) 10 mg can someone miss without feeling withdrawal symptoms? Also, what type of symptoms can be felt?
Varies: 10 mg of escitalopram, if stopped suddenly, may be too low a dose for there to be symptoms of discontinuation (although depressive symptoms, and anxiety symtoms may emerge, if they were being managed by the escitalopram.) However, some people may experience some mild discontinuation symptoms -- in which case it can happen in just one missed dose, but it can require up to three or four missed dose. ...Read more