I have taken venlafaxine 37.5 mg for 3 months to help my anxiety. It worked well until about a month ago. I started getting nauseous, dizzy and headache an hour after taking. My nurse practitioner told me I should go off it. I asked about tapering off and she said to take one every other day for a week and then stop. The morning after my first skipped dose I woke with a weird brushing or swooshing sound in my head when I turned my head. It went away and came back briefly until I went off the V. Then it came back stronger and constant whenever I move. It's getting worse every day along with ringing ears, nausea, dizziness, headache, neck pain and other body pains. Is that sound in my head what people are calling "brain zaps"?
What you are describing could be your way of describing the 'brain zaps'. They are in your head and kinda feel like an electrical pulse going through your head. Not all the time, but primarily when you I moved my head. Effexor is a difficult one to discontinue because of the withdrawal effects. Might want to talk to the nurse practitioner about taking the taper a little slower.
I had same problem on Effexor, I used to break tablet in half and slowly got off it , I think the chemical in the drug called hydrochloride which is used in blood pressure medication is the reason for those whooshing in the head feeling.
Yes brain swoosh not electrical. How long do they last? Anyway to elongate them or diminish?
Body zaps are horrible it feels like glitching is the only way I can explain it with headache and nausea very bad I am on 150 mg for few years now I reckon it messes with nerves in the brain
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