Citation: Zapped. "A Happy Sloth Quits Cold Turkey: An Experience with Duloxetine (Cymbalta) & Bupropion (Wellbutrin) (exp60558)". Erowid.org. Jul 21, 2009. erowid.org/exp/60558
Like so many others who stop taking an antidepressant, I am also experiencing brain zaps and nystagmus, at least every 30 seconds. It's relentless. When I do an internet search, I find literally thousands of people coming off various antidepressants and experiencing these symptoms.
The cymbalta worked well for depression, but I gained 20 pounds in a year and was like a sloth. A happy sloth, yes, but still a sloth. I then started on Wellbutrin in the beginning of December to quit smoking and not only did it work, but I also felt great, energetic and interested in the world again, but uncomfortable about being on two meds.
So I decided to quit the cymbalta. I did this without any medical supervision, and I did it cold-turkey, which I wouldn't recommend. My mood is fine, but the only thing is the brain zapping, that electrical buzz feeling accompanied by a big 'whoosh' sound, and I wonder how long it will last. Also there is some tingling in my lips accompanying the zaps. I haven't bothered to see the doctor, because what can they do?
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