Klonopin brain zaps

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Garner
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   Posted 12/19/2006 7:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Anyone else get these the next day after taking a klonopin pil. I was taking a small dose of 0.25mg at bedtime now ive been taking 0.25mg during the day and a full 0.5mg tablet at night and now im getting zaps.

bizybee
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   Posted 12/19/2006 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
See my previous post (Anxiety Help...New Here"

I have been taking Paxil and get brain zaps at night and during the day. The only think I keep telling myself is "I'll be ok, it';s just the meds". However if they get worse talk to your Dr. which I am going to do, been on this med for 5 years now.

I know is sucks, horribly feeling!

harry4
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   Posted 12/20/2006 11:13 PM (GMT -6)   
brain zaps or electric shock feelings can happen to anxiety sufferers when not on any meds, also are associated with quitting a med such as an antidepressant
ublikely to be from klonapin but try another benzo perhaps
not a good idea to take any benzo before bed unless you cant sleep
 
re zaps from paxil, a swap to any other paxil type med could be discussed with doc, especially as paxil is often hard to eventually quit, see paxil discontinuation syndrome on the net
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rdmoklahoma
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   Posted 12/21/2006 8:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been having the brain zaps for about 2 yrs, without being on any meds. I just got a script for Lexapro, I am hoping it is going to help me deal with all my symptoms
 
 
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hypopaniac
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   Posted 12/21/2006 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I am taking Klonopin now and have not gotten the zaps. I did get the zaps when I was coming of Zoloft though.

bizybee
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   Posted 12/21/2006 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
HARRY....I am interested to know how you know that brain zaps can happen when not on meds by an anxiety sufferer?  Not that I doubt you by any means, but I had the same thought and wanted to research it a bit.
 
Thank you in advance!!!!

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   Posted 12/22/2006 8:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I never had zaps while on klonopin, and i would take anywhere from .25 to 1.0 mg at a time.
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kathleen21
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   Posted 1/2/2007 10:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I have these zaps!! They are awful and I am starting meds to get rid of them; nothing has worked so far, as I am a zombie on Topamax and it makes me so DUMB! I can't rememer the easiest thing in the world. I am trying yoga and a detox diet to see if it will ease my anxiety. I
 have posted on here before, but they scare me so bad, I had an MRI and an EEG done to rule out anything serious. Alothough the EEG came back abnormal, my neurologist said it was a type of migraine and we should try out some different meds. I think I brought them on by being so anxious all the time...just my .02! Hope this helps...I am looking to speak to someone who gets these zaps, without the med withdrawl being an option, please post! Thanks!

shell67
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   Posted 1/2/2007 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Ive never had these zaps and ive been on klonopin for years, it sounds horrible though, im sorry you guys all have to deal with that.....
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dawn30
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   Posted 2/5/2007 3:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been getting these zaps for about a year and for the last 2 weeks they have been very severe. It happens all day long everyday. At night for the last 3 nights, they seem to go all the way threw my body, but only while I am laying down. Does anyone get them when it goes all of the way threw your body at times?

I do not take clonopin, I take Ativan, which is in the same family.
I have been to several doctors and have had every test known to man and they all seem to come back normal. I have not tried to stop taking the Ativan, so I know that it is not withdraw, like some people have the zaps when withdrawing from paxil and other meds like that.

When I go to the dr. for it, they all think that I have migrains.

I have heard that taking Omega 3 helps the zaps, but I have not tired it yet. Has anyone had any relief in ANY WAY?

Thanks!

Dee75
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   Posted 2/5/2007 9:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Please explain brain zaps. Thanks,Dee

dawn30
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   Posted 2/6/2007 3:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Brain zaps are really hard to explain, it feels like a quick zap of electricity is going threw your brain. I have also heard people say that is is just like if you were driving 50 miles per hour and someone jumped infront of your car, that sudden feeling of shock that you get.. well that is just about what these brain zaps feel like. It is very hard to explain.
it is just a very quick jolt like feeling.
I get them all day long and they come out of no where.
My grandmother just told me that she was feeling the same thing, she calls them brain flashes.
She is also on Ativan.
 
I have come to the conclusion that all of this in in our heads and we need to find a way to he hypnotized to forget about the anxiety. We would need to be hypnotized, and then have no medication laying around, no one asking us about anxiety to remind us and maybe we could just forget that we have it.
 
i know that all of this is in my head. I can fell completely normal for a couple of hours and then remember that i have anxiety and all of the sudden, the symptoms return for no reason. I could be just watching TV with no worries and fell like crap as soon as I think of it.
 
I need to look into the hypnosis thing and see if it would actually work. I have not known anyone to be hypnotized for any thing.
 
Anyone think that this would work?

Chris9
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   Posted 4/6/2007 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Dawn has explained them pretty well.

Has anyone recieved any treatment for these brain/body zaps that works? Please advise. I have these on a daily basis and they are debilitating. I have a good job both in pay and opportunity and have been off of work for 4 weeks because of the headaches they cause. I am extremely upset and discouraged by them and they have caused severe depression. I am 100% certain that these headaches/brain zaps started before I became very depressed. I was given resperidal as an antipsychotic which has not helped in any way. Headaches arise after multiple zaps. I have a lack of energy and sometimes feel nauseated because of them. They occure daily. I was on no medication before these zaps started occuring. They werre actually going on for 7 months before I went into the ER because of them. The reason I waited so long is that I thought they would go away. I have had a CAT scan and the doctor detected nothing in the images. I also read that omega 3 helps. PLEASE ADVISE IF YOU HAVE HAD ANY POSITIVE RESULTS FROM ANY REMEDY!!PLEASE!

Silent H
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   Posted Yesterday 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   
i've been having brain zaps off an on for a couple of years and i just started taking omega 3 pills and they work to curb them pretty significantly. you can get pharm grade omega 3 which are pretty expensive, but i'm told they work the best, i'm on the regular store brand, though when i can afford the pharm grade i will do that.

there is also a website YOU MUST go to which is labelmesane.com which is about safely getting off antidepressants and in the process directly addresses the brain zap problem.

if you do these things, i really think your zaps will at least calm considerably if not go away completely.

debaser
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   Posted Yesterday 9:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Something used to occur to me that I'm not sure was a "brain zap" or not. It sounded like a "zap". It was just a very loud, low pitched sound that lasted maybe a quarter of a second. They wouldn't happen often, but they almost always happened as I was laying in bed waiting to get to sleep. In spite of having health anxiety, I never thought much about them.

I don't remember having one since I started Klonopin, but that doesn't mean anything since I started only five weeks ago. I may have one tonight for all I know...or I may never have one again. Who knows...

But I am curious: does that sound like a "brain zap"?

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   Posted Today 11:45 PM (GMT -6)   

  Yes miny ppl with anxiety and other things like MS have these brain zaps, kind of feels like a shock or buzzing feeling that can run down into your body as well, and some have said that a P/A will follow from it but I have not had one with this brain zapping myself and I do eat a lot of fish with omega 3 in it but has not helped out with this but you never know till you try it for yourself and others have said that it can help with your anxiety as well.

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harry4
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   Posted 4/18/2007 4:09 AM (GMT -6)   

the zaps are like an electric shock to the head, Ive had them, I dont think they are caused by meds, but I dont know what they  are

they do no harm so best to ignore them


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Cordy
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   Posted 5/23/2007 8:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been coming off Clonazepam for the last 2 weeks and the brain zaps are killing me> I've read on several sites that taking Benadryl, Omega 3 or Nyquil helps. The only information I can't find out is how much of any or all of these to take. Please any suggestions before I go utterly crazy

ryleigh
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   Posted 5/23/2007 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello All,  My doctor told me that the brain zaps are caused by meds.. My friend was on zoloft for 5 years and went off because of the brain zaps.. I am on .25 of xanax once a day which is nothing and I just started getting them.. THey are so weird.. They are scary feels like I got struck my lightning.. I thing omg I have a brain tumor.. But then I think no it is just the meds.. Just thought I would put in my 2 cents..  Take Care....

Ryleigh


Cordy
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   Posted 5/29/2007 1:35 PM (GMT -6)   
The brain zaps have been getting worse this last week. PLease if anyone has info on dosages for Benadryl or Omegas 3 i would really appreciate it

harry4
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   Posted 5/29/2007 1:42 PM (GMT -6)   

Ive had them, like an electric shock in the brain, I think they are from anxiety rather than from meds

many report them they seem to be from anxiety and stress


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stkitt
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   Posted 5/29/2007 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello Everyone,

Welcome Garner!

Great discussion. As usual this is one of those topics that has conflict re what is and what isn't the cause of these "brain zaps"

I have heard them described as shocks, fullness in head, shock down arms and tingling in fingers, just about anything related to the head.

The brain zaps are not a common symptom of anxiety, but its unclear what that really refers too. Worry and focusing on symptoms creates all sorts of odd sensations that are usually meaningless in terms of a medical diagnosis.

Many people have had CT scans and EEGs, plus a multitude of tests without finding  a cause.

People on meds, however, experience brain zaps from a fair amount of the antidepressants and yes Klonopin can but rarely is associated with brain zaps.

I hope that the people suffering from these zaps may soon find relief.

Remember your physician is your professional on any of these conditions so please do not substitue the information here for a visit to your physician. yeah



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   Posted 11/18/2007 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I think I have had zaps, they felt like about a hundred rubber bands breaking in my head. It was the weirdest feeling I ever had. I felt they encircled my head and were popping one by one really fast. I take lots of med's but none of which any of you described. I am sorry you all have them but was relieved to hear that someone besides myself did. I only had them twice.. once lasted about a hour and was constant. the other time just a few pops. Listening to you all, i think I have a light case of them but now wish I could get off all meds.

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   Posted 11/18/2007 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   

  I believe that these brain zaps are called lhermitte's ( a shocking sensation that can radiates down the back and in the head)

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