Brain zaps but still on citalopram! Anyone else?

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I'm looking for advice. Iv been back on citalopram for the past 12 weeks (3 weeks at 10mg and 9 weeks at 20mg) around 2 weeks on 10mg I noticed I was getting the odd "brain zap" like a very quick (less than a second) electric kind of throb/shock. Iv had these before when Iv missed some doses or been withdrawing.

Anyway they went away and a few weeks ago while on 20mg I noticed I was getting the odd few on a morning right as I woke up, again they went after about 4 days. Now again today Iv been getting them and had quite a few. They are not painful but I can't understand why I'm getting them when Iv not missed a dose?

Anyone else had this? X

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     Me too.. had them back in 2013. And on my second time at 8 weeks in on 20 mg am getting them again now and then 

    i find them reassuring in a way in that I imagine it's my receptors rechanelling themselves through my brain rewiriing me! I feel so much better too. 

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      Hi Gillian. Is this your second time on citalopram? How long have you been back on them? They seemed to have settled again the last few days (the zaps)

      Iv been on 20mg for 9 & 1/2 weeks now and Iv been very up and down! From feeling great to crashing pretty badly. It's settled again and the past few days Iv been feeling slightly better although mornings are still pretty bad. I'm still not myself though and now I'm fearing another bad day. I cry a lot too.

      Glad to hear your doing better. Do u take it for anxiety?

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    Had the brain zaps when I tried to wean off medication. Very strange sensation that my Doctor does not understand.

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