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Lexapro Withdrawal Brain Zaps
I weaned of lexapro 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Also called escitalopram, it is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, used for treatment of depression, anxiety disorders. It is the isomer of citalopram (celexa), originally introduced as a refined form of Celexa with fewer adverse effects. Daily doses range from 10 mg. To 40 mg. , average 20mg. Main side-effects involve ...Read more
Stopped Lexapro 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?
SSRI discontinuation: 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 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 for years yet still experience these zaps.
Can a single dose of Saphris cause ssri withdrawal syndrome? I have brain zaps anxiety dry tongue. Maybe bc Saphris 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 cold turkey. I always recommend tapering down gently, to avoid the withdrawal symptoms you describe. Talk to your treating physician about restarting the Pristiq and tapering. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
How long do withdrawal symptoms last from lexapro? I have taken 5 mg/day for 1.5 years and have been off for 2 wks. Withdrawal has been difficult.
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