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What causes brain "zaps?"

What causes brain "zaps?"

Many: Are you on any medication? Many meds, especially those used having their main effects on the nervous system (ssri's, etc) can cause this. In addition, allergies, infections, tumors, and noxious agents can trigger them. I encourage you to see someone for an evaluation of this issue. ...Read more

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Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more


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I will try and ask again. What causes brain zaps? Been off antidepressants for a year?

I will try and ask again. What causes brain zaps? Been off antidepressants for a year?

Not sure: It is very difficult to know what you mean by a brain zap, since this is not an established medical term. Try describing the actual symptoms you are experiencing. The brain itself has no sensory nerve endings, so you actually aren't able to feel your brain. ...Read more

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What causes brain zaps? Are they dangerous or cause other problems like seizures? I've had them my whole life and usually get them when I'm tired

What causes brain zaps? Are they dangerous or cause other problems like seizures? I've had them my whole life and usually get them when I'm tired

????? "Brain Zaps": I am not sure what you mean by this term. It sounds like this is some type of neurologic symptom that you are having, and if you have not had a thorough review by a neurologist, that would be a good place to start. Some problems are not meant to be solved by typing the limited number of characters that is possible in this online forum. ...Read more

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What causes brain zaps? I'm on toprol (metoprolol) and synthroid. Getting an MRI wednesday?

What causes brain zaps? I'm on toprol (metoprolol) and synthroid. Getting an MRI wednesday?

Many drugs: Toprol (metoprolol) is one of many drugs associated with so-called brain zaps. You might try discussing with your physician getting switched to a different anti-hypertensive (like an ace inhibitor?) good luck. ...Read more

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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.

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

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Ive always gotten brain zaps. What causes this and are they bad?

Ive always gotten brain zaps. What causes this and are they bad?

Brain Zap: Unclear as to what these "zaps" are;proved more information or try Health Tap Concierge or a local physician ...Read more

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After stopping the use of an ssri there can be symptoms called "brain zaps" what exactly is going on in the brain to cause this?

After stopping the use of an ssri there can be symptoms called "brain zaps" what exactly is going on in the brain to cause this?

Brain "zaps": These "brain zaps" are a symptom of withdrawal from ssri's -- some call it a "discontinuation" syndrome. Your brain and body become habituated to the effects of the ssri, and react when the substance is no longer there (or is in reduced quantities). We're not sure of the exact mechanism in the brain. Could be a sudden relative deficiency of synaptic serotonin along w/other neuro changes. ...Read more

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Can mirtazapine cause brain zaps when stopping cold turkey?

Can mirtazapine cause brain zaps when stopping cold turkey?

Yes: I like your term "brain zaps"! that's a good description of what happens with the discontinuation syndrome when stopping an ssri antidepressant. Technically speaking, Mirtazapine is not an ssri, but i suspect it could still cause aspects of the discontinuation syndrome with abrupt discontinuation. ...Read more

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