Brain zaps increasing

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panicgirly
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   Posted 11/27/2017 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
These brain zaps are driving me crazy! They have increased from occasional on Friday to everytime I move my head today.
I will admit I am very stressed right now and think that it's relative.
Does anyone have any tips or tricks to getting these to decrease?
I currently take 25mg of Paxil and wonder if I need an increase? Current dosage since maybe Feb of this year.
Any ideas so appreciated..

super20dan
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   Posted 11/27/2017 8:59 PM (GMT -6)   
sorry my only experience with brain zaps was with Zoloft withdrawl. if you are having zaps while still on a steady dose-I would disscuss this with your dr. I don't think this is normal . mabey some one else who takes paxil or has experience with it will come along

Actress 1
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   Posted 11/28/2017 1:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello~ I am new to this forum and hope I am in the correct space. I have had panic/anxiety disorder that effects my breathing...or I should say my ability to take a deep breath for over 20 some years. I have been on Paxil 10-40 mil for well over 15 years and it has been a life saver for me. I recently started having panic/anxiety issues again and my doctor said that the Paxil was not working for me anymore...so, he switched me to Lexapro 20 mil. I was very afraid of switching meds because I have experienced Paxil withdrawals a few years ago when I ran out of the meds and did not get them refilled for a few days...HORRIFIC illness!! But, doctor assured me that the addition of Lexapro gradually as I tapered off the Paxil would be easier. Well, I must say that the breathing issues have gotten MUCH better as I am increasing my Lexapro and decreasing Paxil, but the brain zaps started when I got to week three of my switch...1/4 Paxil 10 mil to 15 mil Lexapro. I am now on week four...no Paxil and full 20 mil lexapro and the zaps are insane...finding it hard to function....Question is this...do I tough it out until the zaps go away and when will they go away- or do I do something else...like go back on 20 mil paxil and 10 mil lexapro...as that seemed to be OK. Any advice would be great! Glad to find this forum.

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   Posted 11/28/2017 2:22 AM (GMT -6)   
PG and Actress,

Fish oil/Omega 3 supplements have proven helpful for managing the annoying s/e of head zaps...

...but I agree that an Rx consult with your prescribing doctor is in order as well.

For now, please use our Resources for great self help material that will help you in general stress management...which can go a long way in relieving many symptoms and challenges that go along with anxiety.

Peace and progress!

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   Posted 11/28/2017 4:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi

I get the brain zaps and have always put it down to being a side effect of the medication and have just got used to them but I agree that you should mention these to the your doctor the next time you see them.

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panicgirly
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   Posted 11/28/2017 6:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the feedback...guess I'll be visiting my doc tomorrow

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 11/28/2017 11:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Let us know how your consult goes!

I hope it's a helpful/productive visit!

S.C.
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super20dan
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   Posted 11/29/2017 8:23 PM (GMT -6)   
ask dr to let you try lex at 10 mg and see how you do

Dog1216
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   Posted 1/2/2018 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had brain zaps well before I started medication it's just a symptom of stress / anxiety good luck hopefully it goes away soon
In the end all will be okay ??anxiety does not define us.


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Potter86
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   Posted 1/4/2018 8:23 AM (GMT -6)   
What is a brain zap?could you explain it please

super20dan
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   Posted 1/4/2018 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I have to disagree with you dog. the brain zaps we speak of are directly caused by meds -not anxiety.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 1/5/2018 12:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Potter,

I was hesitant to answer your question since I've not experienced myself...but I want you to have a reaponse...

...so what I've read, it is the sensation of an electric current or zing/zap going through your brain. They are usually associated with discontinuing an SSRI/SNRI..

S.C.
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"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
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