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Hello, my name is***** helped you once before. Dr. Z is not online very much anymore. Would it be okay if i helped you tonight? Linda D., LMSW, CASAC
Well the first thing to understand to alleviate any anxiety you may be having is that brain zaps are totally harmless although uncomfortable. Brain zaps are commonly reported during discontinuation of antidepressant medications. Is it possible that since you have been drinking quite a bit that you have forgotten a dose or more of your Effexor?? Linda
Also, yes, I think you should have 2-3 beers tonight, since you don't want to experience alcohol withdrawal. I am an alcohol and chemical dependency specialist. Alcohol does not cause brain zaps.
It is confusing then why you would be getting brain zaps..........can you describe how often you are getting them, and what you feel like? Any other symptoms??
The other reason individuals have reported having brain zaps is due to high levels of stress and /or anxiety..................have you been a lot more anxious??
Honestly, as I said, they are more uncomfortable and unsettling than anything else.......brain zaps are not harmful and will discontinue. I think it is more likely because you drank so much Wednesday night that you may have forgotten to take your Effexor yesterday. The diarrhea and lossof appetite can also be related to drinking the 10 beers until late at night.... do you get overly worried when you think you have a health issue??
By the way, brain zaps are much more common for people who take Effexor than other SSRI's. You are going to be okay.....do not worry. They are harmless and will probably stop by tomorrow. The stress and anxiety of worrying about them can actually prolong how long you will have them.
Like I said, you can have a couple of beers, relax, and breathe in deeply through your nose while saying I am breathing in calm and then breathe out through your mouth and say I am breathing out worry. Do this 5 times.................okay?? I need to help another person now. I would appreciate you taking a moment to rate my service to you and welcome anymore questions you may have for me. Let me know tomorrow how you are feeling using this thread. I will have it remain open, okay?? Linda D., LMSW, CASAC
No, that is irrational fear lying to you. Do not believe it. It is not true...............you are safe and you are okay.
You are used to 6-8 beers you said, you can have a few more if you would like. I really do need to go help some other people. Will you let me know how you are feeling tomorrow?? Linda
Remember as Dr. Z reminded you , we only get compensated for positive ratings for our services so please do not forget to give me your rating. Thank you. Sincerely, ***** ***** LMSW, CASAC
Hi there, I was thinking about you and thought I would check in and see if you are feeling better. Linda D.