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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What causes brain zaps? I don't get them often just sometimes. I've read anxiety & stress can cause them?
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
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.
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Klonopin: Rarely. More common is sedation.Get a more detailed answer ›
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