Brain Zaps after tapering off anti-depression medication

Posted by dablues @dablues, Jul 27, 2020

Years ago I went off a depression med can”t remember name suddenly and got sick with Brain “Zaps” and other symptoms. Brain Zaps never went away. I also was on clonazapam but stayed on it and still had brain zaps. Weaned myself off of Clonazapam but now had to go back on it. I periodically get brain zaps when I first wake up in the morning then they go right away. They are infrequent but today I have had them all day long and get a bit dizzy. Any ideas as to why I still get them and why today I had it all day and am still having them.

@hopeful33250

Hi @dablues,
I noticed your posts about changes in meds. How is the Cymbalta working for you?

You also mentioned that you stopped the meds you were taking for testing. Did you get any good information from the allergy testing?

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Cymbalta is working except I gained 14 lbs. I was underweight but now am uncomfortable as the weight goes directly to my stomach first. Since the YMCA reopened I went back to exerciing and hope to see if I lose weight. I am not a big eater so always was on the slim side

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Thankful just to read brain zaps are a thing.

Took myself off all medications 6 years ago. Anti-depressants were last to go. Kept trying to explain to my family these electrical surges happening in my brain. Went on for quite some time.

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I don't know about "brain zaps" but I do know from many years of depression and many different meds that I learned that you never start, stop or even wean without working with your doctor because the side effects can be even worse than the side effects of the meds. So please contact your doctor and get back on track with him/her.

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@dablues

Cymbalta is working except I gained 14 lbs. I was underweight but now am uncomfortable as the weight goes directly to my stomach first. Since the YMCA reopened I went back to exerciing and hope to see if I lose weight. I am not a big eater so always was on the slim side

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@dabllues Going back to the Y is great just be safe you don't need to get the virus on top of what you have take care we care

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What is a brain zap?

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Hi @paris48, Thanks for joining in the conversation. According to Healthline, Brain shakes are sensations that people sometimes feel when they stop taking certain medications, especially antidepressants. You might also hear them referred to as “brain zaps,” “brain shocks,” “brain flips,” or “brain shivers. Are you experiencing anything like this?

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@amandaburnett

Hi @paris48, Thanks for joining in the conversation. According to Healthline, Brain shakes are sensations that people sometimes feel when they stop taking certain medications, especially antidepressants. You might also hear them referred to as “brain zaps,” “brain shocks,” “brain flips,” or “brain shivers. Are you experiencing anything like this?

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I’m not sure, what does the sensation feel like?

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You would know it if you felt it. It’s hard to explain but I’d say it’s like being electrocuted. If you experienced them and someone said “brain zap” you’d be like.. “yes, that’s it.”

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@paris48

I’m not sure, what does the sensation feel like?

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Like if you stuck your finger in a socket and got zapped! I hate it!

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@lioness

@dabllues Going back to the Y is great just be safe you don't need to get the virus on top of what you have take care we care

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I know, and I have to take a Covid test this month before eye surgery and I don't trust the test since there's so many false positives. If I get a positive I'm going to get a second opinion but they still will cancel my surgery!

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I don't know if this is relevant but when I was depressed I would eat a whole Spanish onion raw. My God, everything sparkled!

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@stimme

I don't know if this is relevant but when I was depressed I would eat a whole Spanish onion raw. My God, everything sparkled!

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I used to put chopped onions on all my sandwiches.. with catchup, of course. I felt great!
I think I had better start doing that again… but remember to to use mouthwash before social activities🙊
I forget if onions have a vitamin. Anyone know?

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