Brain Spasms and crazy dreams

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college girl
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   Posted 1/19/2012 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone

I'm hoping someone can help me out. I've been on antidepressants for about a year and a half now. First, I was on citalopram which is the generic form of celexa. Basically since I started on it, I have had the most vivid dreams. It's become such an issue because it really messes with my head since sometimes I can't tell my dreams from reality. Also, I get barely any rest while I sleep. A few months after I started on it, I began to experience what I can only describe as brain spasms. They aren't painful at all, but it just feels like my brain spasms for a second and then leaves me disoriented for a moment. The dreams never stopped, but the spasms subsided. about two weeks ago I switched to Welbutrin because I can't handle the dreams anymore. Nothing has changed with them, but now my brain spasms are back. I know these can occur during SSRI withdrawal, but I take my medication daily. My doctor suggested getting an MRI.
Now, to my question. Is there ANYTHING I can do about these dreams? I feel like i'm going crazy. And are these brain spasms anything to worry about?
I also get nauseous frequently. Please help me if you can!!!

Thank you :)

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   Posted 1/19/2012 8:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like what we call brain zaps. Yes they will happen as the medications goes out of your system, and the wellbutrin coming in will help too. I dream a lot. Always have, and very vivid dreams. It is like a whole different life. Sometimes they pick up where they left off. Are your dreams bad? You just might be a person who now dreams a lot. Or that might change as the meds change. Try not to let it worry you too much. IF that is on your mind and your subconscious, you are sure to continue dreaming.

I just started a new medication and it made me nauseous too. But only for the first day. But I can't be positive of it. Whether it was the medication or not. But it hasn't happened anymore.

I hope that things get better for you. Try not to think about the dreaming and see if it makes any difference. It might. I am use to it. I watched a program about snakes and barely paid attention to it, but dreamed about snakes that night. It wasn't too scarey, but a little bothersome.

Take care, keep posting.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 1/19/2012 10:37 PM (GMT -6)   
me very vivid dreams too. mine just keep rolling into new ones from the old dream. very draining. hoping you feel better soon. i don't know what helps, because sadly nothing works for me. hoping you find the answer soon. with healing compassion, jamie
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LNichole87
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   Posted 1/20/2012 7:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok I thought I was just going crazy too. I started citalopram a few weeks ago and have had a lot of dreams lately. Im not getting enough sleep because of it. I take 10mg ambien at night and that hasn't even worked to put me deep enough asleep to conquer the dreams. I admit Ive even tried 20mg some nights no luck. I thought it was just me getting too used to the ambien.
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   Posted 1/20/2012 9:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Most of the time we are dreaming, we are in that good sleep. Rem sleep. So even though thinking about your dreams exhausts you, you were actually sleeping good. Read about rem sleep. You will know what I am talking about.

So the more ambien you take, the more you are going to dream. Remember they are just dreams, our subconscious working things out.

Hugs, Karen

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   Posted 1/20/2012 9:27 AM (GMT -6)   
my shrink said the same karen!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks. jamie
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   Posted 1/20/2012 4:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I dont mind dreams once in awhile but it doesn't feel like Ive slept any after a full night of dreaming lol The other night I woke up screaming shut up at something.. dont remember what the dream was about exactly just remember sittin up screaming at something
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   Posted 1/30/2012 8:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Ha hahaha !  I could write a story about my crazy dreams!  Sometimes I have had to write them down.. They seem so real, most are totally bizarre but others I am so angry with someone I wake up cross.  I have been on citalopram for 2 years =40mg. now and I do have problems dropping off to sleep, I need to read first and then when I wake up its like I have been in a coma....with all these wild dreams at least I have been entertained all night! smhair
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