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   Posted 7/23/2009 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok in a eariler post from yesterday i was tell u guys about me not sleeping for about 3 weeks...My dr upped my antidepressant and xananx and i feel drugged and weird headed, almost kinda dizzy and feel like  i have jolts in my brain...Do you all think its the anxiety because what im describing to you in what happens when i have anxiety....or could it be all the meds ??  i was upped from 30 to 40 mgs of celexa and upped quite a bit expecially at night on my xanax....I am sleeping now , but feel like you know what in the am....and just about all day....Im backing off on the xanax tonight to see and just to letcha know...i take 20 mg of celexa in the am and a 10mg at 6pm and 10 more at 10 pm becuase if i take a whole 20 dose at night, my minds goes 100 miles and hr.....What do you all think ?

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   Posted 7/23/2009 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I am also take celexa and xanax. I don't get "jolts in the brain" when I am taking my meds, but when I miss a dose of the celexa I sure do get the brain zaps. Not sure why your are getting these sensations when you are taking the meds, but when I miss a dose, I take it as soon as possible then the brian zaps go away. The xanax has never given me any time of "brain sensations".

Sorry, I couldn't give you any better answer.


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   Posted 7/23/2009 9:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I suspect it may be the medications causing your sx.

Brain Zaps, Brain Shivers or Electrical shocks are a fairly common symptom from all Antidepressants, but also can occur with Benzodiazepines and Sleeping Pills.  The symptoms are described as brief but repeated electric shock-like sensations in the brain and head, or originating in the brain but extending to other parts of the body. Sometimes it is accompanied by disorientation, tinnitus, vertigo and lightheadedness.

I never had the brain zaps but sure did have the weird, heady sensation when my AD was increased to the point of walking into walls and being unsteady on my feet.  My medication dose had to be reduced drastically.

If you continue to have problems please do check in with your physician.
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   Posted 7/24/2009 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope you're doing relaxation exercises as well. They help immensely. I also take Celexa and Xanax. The Celexa, about 4 weeks, is not helping yet, and I try as much as possible to stay away from the Xanax for the addiction possibility. I also feel my head weird...hard to describe..lightheaded, pain, can't concentrate.

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   Posted 7/24/2009 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Kitt. I think the medication is causing all that you are feeling. Lots of time these meds take some time for you to adjust to them. If you are concerned and the decrease in Xanax does not help, then I would follow up with your doctor.

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