I have been reading posts on these boards for a while and there seemed to be a lot of mentioning of something called "brain zaps" by people who are coming off medication.
Well, I think I may now be experiencing them but im not 100% sure so I was really hoping someone could give me some advice.
I was coming off Effexor XL 150mg and managed to do so with no problems over a period of about 8 days. It was only after a took my final dose of 37.5mg and went from that to nothing that I started having problems.
A about a day after i was totally med free, I started to have a perculiar sensation in my head. This best way I can describe it is like a sudden whoosh of energy going through my head in a sort of wave. It seems to happen this most if I keep my head still but move my eyes to the right of left. I get this electric shock feeling accompanied by a kind of whooshing sound in my ears, kind of like my hearing has been distorted for a split second. It also makes me feel a bit dizzy as well.
It has only been about 4 days since I stopped taking these meds but this sensation I'm getting is really frightening me - part of the reason I was put on this drug was for anxiety and the brain zaps are only added to making me feel anxious. I'm beginning to question whether or not it might be something more serious
Ive also felt very shaky since stopping the drug but again dont know it that is because of withdrawal or whether it is my anxiety causing it.
Either way, all I know is what I am experiencing is very unpleasant. I really dont want to resort of having to go back onto these drugs so I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this and how long it usually might last for? - I'm not sure how long I can manage to sit this out for
I mentioned this to my doctor who said that you shouldnt suffer any side effects from coming of ADs if you do it gradually and didnt seem to acknowledge brain zaps exist. I CAN'T believe that there are all these people complaining about the same thing on here if it "doesn't exist" grrr.
Anyway, if anyone could please offer me any insight/advice I would be so grateful as this is really starting to make me worried!