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Head Zaps / Whoosh

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What the goddam are these head zap things about ? I'm at the start/middle/end/start/middle point of Effexor withdrawal, and every time I move my head suddenly or move my eyes around, I get this buzzing sensation in, er, well, kind of 'behind' my eyes and I feel like I'm going to fall over, even when lying down - if that's possible. I'm also getting strange sensations on the soles of my feet...kind of a numb/cold feeling.

I've noticed that quite a lot of people have mentioned these head zaps during withdrawal...does it last ? It not particually disabling, just bloody annoying. I'd be curious to know the biological basis for this so that, of course, I can obsessively worry about it.

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Hi there,

I am in the process of Effexor withdrawal, and cut down from 150mg to 75mg a couple of weeks ago.

I too had always wondered what was meant by brain zaps until I had them, they were never bad - best way to describe it is like 1 second flashes of dizziness which came on roughly a few hours before my next dose was due and lasted for about an hour. I was fine when sitting down but when I walked around and moved my head it appeard.

Anyway, this only lasted for 2-3 days for me, and the promptly vanished, I am expecting a couple more bouts when I eventually come off totally, but it didnt bother me the first time and it wont bother me this time either.

I never really had any side-effects from Effexor other than a couple of days nautiosness when starting on them, I suppose each person is individual and reacts to medication in a different way, Im one of the lucky ones I suppose.

Overall though, don't let it worry you, just accept the feelings and let them come, when they don't scare you anymore, you will feel much better.


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