Questions for anyone who is or has been on antidepressants.

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   Posted 7/8/2010 4:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I was visiting my sister yesterday and she was telling me about these strange pains she has been having lately. She was talking about pains in her stomach and palpatations. She then mentioned about this 'jolt' she got thru her body and head. I asked her what meds she was taking. She mentioned something for low BP and she mentioned Celexa. I asked her what that was for and she said it was an a/d med. I thought I remembered that, but wanted to be sure.
I remember some ppl here mentioning about 'brain zaps' due to weaning off a/d meds. My sister is still on the med, she just didn't get to the store to get her renewal. She also said she has had this happen - pain, palpatations, & jolts - when she has been taking the med.
Now, my questions are, has anybody gotten these problems while they were taking the meds? If so, did they continue for as long as you are/were on the med? If this is goes on, should she even continue this med or try something else?
She was going in today for reg visit w/ the dr for this med, I suggested she mention that some ppl do get these 'brain zap' reactions, see what dr has to say.
Any insight you could share w/ me would be most appreciated. Thank you.
God bless.  Alice.

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   Posted 7/8/2010 4:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been an an AD for years and never had the " brain zaps ". I hope that the dr. was able to help.

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   Posted 7/8/2010 5:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Celexa is a SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor).   I take anti depressants and the only one that caused brain zaps is Effexor, which is a SNRI (Serotonin-Norepeniphrine reuptake inhibitor).   The SSRIs cause me very little trouble.
She should probably call her doctor or pharmacist.

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   Posted 7/8/2010 6:40 PM (GMT -7)   

I got brain zaps from Lexapro(SSRI) when I missed a dose and also while weaning off. 





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   Posted 7/8/2010 6:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I was on Effexor for only a few weeks and when I went off, I definitely got the "zaps." 
Also have gotten them a little when I've tried weaning myself off of Nortriptyline too fast, which I'm doing again, (but slower) so hopefully it won't happen this time.  One reason I really want to get off of it, after 18 years, is because of heart palpitations and tachycardia....sometimes my heart just races for a few minutes - or a few hours.  A little disconcerting when you're not even moving.  My doctor doesn't make much of it, but I DO NOT like it!
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   Posted 7/8/2010 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I am currently on Celexa, taking 10 mg...for about three months. I had gone up to 20 mg and packed on 12 pounds in about 9 days. I was on Prozac, another SSRI, for over 20 years and can't even talk about the weight I packed on from that. I'm sick to death of these SSRIs and their side effects...I am weaning off Celexa slowly...will stay at the 10 mg does for now, until the doc tells me what the next step is. I realize many people need these meds for depression, which is one of the reasons I've been on them, but there HAS to be another way and I'm determined to find it

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   Posted 7/9/2010 5:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I was on ad's for years. I weaned off, but had brain zaps like crazy for about a month until my body adjusted.
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   Posted 7/9/2010 9:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for your responses. You ladies are great, you always come thru for me.
My DH and I had an early appt w/ dr yesterday, my sister had a later one, so we didn't get to compare notes till just a bit ago.
She went to the dr and told her what was happening w/ these reactions. The dr said she shouldn't have even been on this med (this dr didn't prescribe it) so she wanted my sis off of it. The dr also said that my sis was given too high of a dose to begin w/. The dr has my sis tapering off the med. She has been having even more 'zaps' since yesterday. But at least she knows it isn't 'something else' and that has been scaring her for a few wks.
I knew Donna had a horrible time, but I couldn't remember the med that she took. I was sure there were a few ppl that also had a rough time. I had a 'former' dr give me a few of these rx a few yrs back. She said take it for a month and come back. I did that w/ several meds - different times. They never helped the pain or to sleep. I usually got a headache or 'swelling' feeling in my throat. I stopped that one right away. I never got the 'zapping' feeling. I'm just so sorry so many of you have had such a horrible reaction to the med, either taking it or trying to get off of the darn thing.
Miriam, I know this is a rough time for you w/ all your going thru, I hope you start to feel better very soon. I will keep you in my prayers.
Achey, I don't blame you, I wouldn't like it either. That must be so scary for you. You and Miriam are so strong, I know you will succeed. My prayers are w/ you.
Donna, you were the first person I thought of, I remember how bad a time you had w/ the med. You are one of the strongest ppl I know. I hope you are doing well now.  yeah
Missy, so sorry you had that for a month, so glad it has passed.
Sue and Shelia, glad you found something that helps you w/o causing a problem. May it stay that way!! yeah
Thank you all again for taking the time to share w/ me. It helped my sister tremendously and I'm very grateful!!
God bless.  Alice.

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   Posted 7/9/2010 9:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been on many anti-depressents as a teen, they just didn't work and now I'm on one for anxiety. I'm currently on the generic form of Paxil and right before that I was on Lexapro. I did not wean myself off Lexapro but just jumped from one medicine to the other with doctors orders. I have never experienced brain zaps. They sound awful. I hope your sister is feeling better now.
I've been diagnosed with anxiety and panic attacks.
My symptoms are......backache, severe headaches that Tylenol and Iboprofen won't touch, problems concentrating and problems remembering stuff, constipation, sleep disturbances, I tire easily, sometimes weakness,sometimes aches and pains,more heart palpitations lately too,  Im sure there is more but it's hard to think. Zyrtec for allergies and sometimes a nasal decongestant.
I take Paxil and sometimes Ativan for my anxiety. Over the counter I take a multivitamin, stool softener, a vitamin B supplement when I remember, AZO yeast when I remember. I think I've given up on Tylenol and Ibuprofen but have turned to Aleve, pain patches, pain creams, and my best friend my heating pad.

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