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Thank heavens for Google searches! Just wanted to add my 2 cents, although by the number of responders so far, it looks like this isn't all that unusual of a symptom. I missed three doses (two on accident, but one on purpose, bad timing) of my Celexa (citalopram 40 mg) the last few nights. This morning I woke up slightly dizzy, but didn't think anything of it until I started hearing SOUNDS when my head moved, and even when just my eyes moved. I wouldn't have called them "swishing" sounds ... more like someone was shuffling their bare feet on carpet in my head, when my eyes moved to either side. I also felt surges of adrenalin (or fast heartbeats, or something like panic) each time I got the sounds. One of the most bizarre things I've ever experienced. Since the missed doses were accidental, I'm planning to resume Celexa tonight, so hopefully the noises (and dizziness and adrenalin) will disappear soon. Makes me a little fearful about ever stopping for good, but at least I know now that I don't have a brain tumor or sudden ear infection or anything! Thanks everyone for keeping this thread google-able! :)

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The "star-trek sliding door" sound has been driving me nuts for months, after I was put on anti-depressants after a mild heart attack and TIA.

I am on Cymbalta and lamictal. Taking them regularly or on time doesn't eliminate the swoosh completely, but makes it more tolerable. Skipping a dose it bad new.

Have any of you read about "serotonin syndrome". If not, google it.

Mentions just about every symptom here except the swooshing eye movement although I would guess that this symptom could fall under one of the listed ill effects.

I am grateful I found you folks, reinforcing my suspicion that the noise was related to meds. I blame the drug companies for ignoring us and I think we need to find one of those litigious lawyers who handle class action suite for MRI dyes, faulty pacemaker wires, and other items which have hear "the little guys" and blown off by corporate america.

So- take the drug- fix one problem start another. Stop the drug- same options. Alcohol and morphine and fentanyl were less painful to stop than SSRI/SNRI's.

Most people experience somme degree of paralysis during deep sleep and while they are aware of their surroundings, they are paralyzed, but asleep. Check out some web sites on sleep abnormalities. Of course, without the depression/anxiety drugs your mind races, preventing quality sleep. I've had dozens of sleep studies- usually 2-3 a year.

Med history:

  • Age 56 - 2 mild heart attacks, 2 TIA's. Overweight (from the meds)
  • Numerous ruptured eardrums since age 6. tubes in my ears were not removed for a year. Then I blew them out in the 60's/70's on tour with some big name rock bands.
  • Also a pilot for many years- unpressurized planes at high altitude (never hurt, eardrum would just burst and bleed)
  • Pancreatic failure from acute pesticide poisoning (malathion, benzyne, DDT)
  • 7 spinal surgeries from degenerative disc disease - getting ready for #8. Got a titanium reinforced spine- plates, screw, rods
  • In a coma for 2 days after one surgery
  • Adrenal cysts (possible phenochromacytoma).
  • Diabetes (from pancreatic disease)
  • Severe Sleep Apnea - I stop breathing every few seconds without a CPAP.
  • Functional Sleepwalker- I got dressed one morning, got dressed, drove to airport, flew to Seattle, had a meeting, flew home, drove home from airport, went to bed- and didn't remember any of it.
  • Daytime Hypersomnolance- I can fall asleep, while talking to someone, and hit REM in 45 seconds - and keep talking
  • AND-GO FIGURE... Depression, Anxiety, BiPolar, "Grandpa is acting weird again mommy", adult ADD/ADHD

I didn't want to mention the swooshing to my doctors for fear I'd end up either getting cut open, or tossed into the looney bin.

You have offered me more info and support here than I would have ever imagined.

Sorry this is long- Readers Digest Condensed version next post.

G

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Just thought I'd throw mine in here, too. Besides the description of the sound, which we probably all hear differently, I have the exact same symptoms. My best description would be a sparking sound in the inner ear every time I move my eyes from side to side too quickly. It's much worse when I'm sleepy (like now). I take Welbutrin, Cymbalta, Diovan (blood pressure), Advicor (Cholesterol) and Nexium.

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I have the same sound when moving my eyes and it started when I discontinued Pristiq, a patent extender that Wyeth put out based on Effexor. My GP had some samples he gave me after my 12-year-old daughter was in the hospital for 50 days and nearly died. I started having major anxiety problems related to that and work. I never had anxiety/depression issues prior to this and I am 44.

I wish I never took that medicine. I have ringing in my ears, brain zaps, strange electrical feelings through my arms and fingers, and this swishing sound when I move my eyes. I also now have this disconnected feeling, like I am in a dream and watching reality. I am not taking any medication at all now except Singulair for allergies, but all of these sensations continue.

I will post back in a few weeks and let you know if any of the symptoms stop or decrease.

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LOLOLOLOL!!! You guys rock! =D

I just Googled "symptom swishing head" and I got you!!

I wasn't sure if it was related to my drugs, or if it was ear related or if I had a tumor! (("It's not a tumor!" -Arnold Schwartzenegger in Kindergarten Cop)) LOL

Although it may have happened a little bit before May 1st, I didn't pay much attention then.

On May 1st, stupid Pharmacare stopped paying for one of my meds (Cipralex/Escitalopram... related to Celexa). I have been having soooo much trouble trying to get the problem sorted out. Apparently the community mental health clinic where my psychiatrist had arranged for that medication to be covered, closed my file without telling me. And then it took them 3 weeks to tell me that they closed my file even with me calling and calling. So now I'm getting bounced here and there and need referrals from everyone's grandma and the easter bunny before I can even make an appointment to wait another 2 months to see my psychiatrist!! ARG! But nevermind! :P

The point is that I had to go off that drug cold turkey. (I am also taking lithium and welbutrin.) I was practically bedridden for over 2 weeks, the withdrawal was so bad. And the swishing was horrible at that time, accompanied by vertigo.

The way I described it was like how it feels when you have a really high fever. When you turn your head it swishes like your brain is floating and bobbing around in there, and seems to take a while to catch up. Same thing when you move your eyes. And the sound and sensation are uncomfortable! Even when you close your eyes, or clench your jaws, or use any muscle in your head it makes that high pitched swoosh and strange sensation.

Now that so much time has passed, I expected the whooshing to be gone. But still turning my head, using my eyes, or using most other muscles in my head still makes the swishing and now also a kind of very high pitched ping.

Since I also have tinnitus and I had fifty billion ear infections as a kid, I was looking up online to see if it was an inner ear thing. But I guess it is just a drug thing. Just something else to grin and bear.

Thanks all!! =D

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I'd like to add my experiences to the thread in hopes of helping spread the word on this. A lot sounds familiar to me, but its frustrating that no one seems to have followed up with an update!

My doc recently went on the warpath putting me on some meds to treat fibromyalgia symptoms. I was on Cymbalta for 2 weeks, with no noticeable improvements nor any side effects. He had me titrate off of that for a few days, and then immediately start Savella. I started with 12.5mg one day and 25mg the next. I was having some problems with nausea, headaches, fatigue, and exhaustion during exercise. Since I was already weary of this, I called and asked to go off of it the 3rd day, after taking my morning dose of 12.5mg. After that I was off it.

The day after i started having problems with light headedness when I move my eyes. I also have that feeling like a surge of adrenaline that some of described here. It happens when I move my eyes, whether my eyelids are open or not. In addition to this, I started having bad headaches, nausea, fatigue, and a burning sensation in my body. These, sadly, are very famliar to me. The only thing that I'd consider 'new' is the eye problem, though I have had light headedness along with the other symptoms in the past, just not in this exact manner.

The notable part is that I've been on some type of SSRI or other psychiatric drug for the last 10 years solid, all for fibromyalgia treatment. My symptoms did not start out quite this way, and have changed a lot over time. The last time I remember having these specific symptoms to this degree was when I was on Paxil. I can't help but wonder if the drugs are causing the majority of the problems. I have read that the effects can be lasting changes to brain chemistry. Its possible that is what has happened to a lot of us.

I'm curious though. Any of the people with the eye issues - did it ultimately go away after some time? As I said, mine has remained pretty steady, but I've only been off Savella for about a week. I'll keep you updated as to my progress :)

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Hello you fellow noisey-eyes

Just thought i'd mention that i've had these odd sounds exactly as many of you have described (bare feet scraping on carpet whenever any sudden eye move captures it very well, and especially just as i'm about to go to sleep) - but am not depressed nor on any medications, nor have i ever been. So its not only or exclusively or necessarily a side-effect

Noises began four or five days ago, i'd been inexplicably dizzy for a few days - which a nurse i went to see thought was to do with a virus. Dizziness has now mostly gone, and i'm left with just the eye sounds, but they seem to be getting quieter...

best wishes all

david

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I know this sounds odd, but I have been having these swishing sounds go off whenever my eyeballs move. I don't remember when it started, but I am really aware of the sound now. I have not been able to pinpoint which one of my meds might be causing this.

Just checking to see if anyone else has experienced this.

Mike

Hi Mike,

I have seen exactly the same case on TV(show called Mystery Diagnosis on Discovery Health channel). One lady had the same problem you have. There are three interconnected tubes located inside each ear called SEMICIRCULAR CANALS. Each canal is filled with a fluid called ENDOLYMPH. The wall of one of her canals had hole that allowed the fluid to leak onto her brain, but doctors were able to fix it.

Medication you take may caused the damage to your inner ear. Tell all of this to your specialist, it will help!

Good luck,

Amra

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I just started experiencing this again....I had it a few years ago for a couple months then it went away. I just had a very small stroke last week and the doctors have been changing my blood pressure meds and today when I move my eyeballs to either side I can hear usually 3 quick swishing type noises in conjunction with a simultaneous waves of vertigo/dizziness. My BP has been changing daily in response to several doctors trying to each figure out which regimen of meds I should be on.....so today my diastolic BP has been steadily climbing while the systolic has remained in a normal range....I'm interested to see how that changes over the next couple days as my body adjusts to the new drugs. I also am feeling my heartbeat in my body when it beats and also almost like an echo when the pulse pressure moves to other places in my body.....it's not very noticeable except when I want to go to sleep then of course it seems very loud and is somewhat un-nerving. I had this before as well and my doctor had never heard of it.

Although I don't understand much of what is being said here is a link I just found that seems to describe some of these symptoms along with some medical terms....maybe it will help somebody.

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I'm about 2 weeks off of Cymbalta and I felt this swishing along with the brain zaps that I got from withdrawal.

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I was so glad to see these responses when I googled 'swishing noise when eyes move"

I had been put on lexipro for facial neuralgia. Had taken it for just over a year.. I weaned off very very slowly.. ( over 3 months), and just finished a couple weeks ago.. and then noticed this noise, of course it scared the crap out of me.. as I thought my symptoms were increasing.. but now I think it is just a result of being off the SSRI.. how bizarre..

Still have the facial neuralgia.. [also had lyme.. bells palsy.. and a dural fistula... ( bad blood vessel in my brain, which was fixed last summer).. the fistula repair got rid of a pulsitle tinnitus, and of course I am very happy to have a fixed BRAIN.. but nothing seems to have helped with the tingling/burning neuropathy. no one knows what caused which symptom]

anyway.. at least when I go back to my dr.. I will show some your comments, so they once again won't think it's "all in my head".. LOL

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What a relief it was to find others with this strange symptom! I'm old enough to appreciate having something like Google where you can type in a strange symptom and instantly find some good leads, or even the answer. I have been between health plans, and unfortunately didn't think to get my lexapro refilled before all this. I didn't think a few days without it would hurt, but then I started HEARING my eyeballs move. I didn't connect the two until I Googled the symptom and came upon this forum. Makes sense now. I am still not covered by my new plan yet, but the pharmacy gave me a few days' worth of lexapro and the swishing is gone. Points for creativity go to the guy who called it "star trek sliding door"!! I will think of you every time I see something "Star Trek". Also, if I ever decide to go off this med, i will definitely wean gradually. On another note, it's good to know this forum is here and there are so many caring and supportive people willing to share their time and experiences. Wish I had this when I was growing up. Thanks to everyone for their input and help in solving this mystery...

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Hi and Welcome VickiH

It is fantastic what the internet can do. I am so glad that you found us, so that you know that you are not alone.

Trace

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Same symptoms here too. The cause - in my case - appears to be Celexa withdrawal.

For the record, my google search was:

+tinnitus +vertigo +"eye movement" +celexa -rapid

Tinnitus is a common side effect of the SNRI, Buproprion, which I take for ADHD (300 mg/d), in addition to 100mg/d of Modafinil. I've had it for a couple of years.

Having tapered off of Celexa (from 20 mg/d to nothing over the span of around four weeks), I've noticed how the constant, high-pitched ringing in my right ear can be momentarily modulated with quick eye-movements, along with minor Vertigo. That the Tinnitus / eye movement / Veritgo connection exists, apparently as a result of my dropping Celexa from the regimen, makes sense because some of the very same neurotransmitters that are impacted by the mechanism of SSRIs have been implicated in inducing a certain type of Vertigo.

It's also interesting that the symptoms worsen as the evening winds into the wee hours of the morning (i.e.: less sleep equals more noise and dizziness).

Ah, such is the life of those who need to monkey around a little with their neurochemicals...

Edited by griwei

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I know this sounds odd, but I have been having these swishing sounds go off whenever my eyeballs move. I don't remember when it started, but I am really aware of the sound now. I have not been able to pinpoint which one of my meds might be causing this.

Just checking to see if anyone else has experienced this.

Mike

You should make an appointment with an OPHTHALMOLOGIST or NEUROLOGIST. they will understand better. I had many docs think i was crazy but they did not. I had an MRI but found nothing, the swishing stopped just before test. It comes and goes having it again. Driving me crazy.

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I know this sounds odd, but I have been having these swishing sounds go off whenever my eyeballs move. I don't remember when it started, but I am really aware of the sound now. I have not been able to pinpoint which one of my meds might be causing this.

Just checking to see if anyone else has experienced this.

Mike

Swishing Sound When You Move Your Eyeballs? Celexa! I just stopped using it and now I am getting these symptoms. It's awful. When I move my eyes quickly to the left or right i hear a swishing sound and get a head rush.

:no:

Ed

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I too was searching for information on swishing sounds. I seemed to get this after going off Lexapro, Then Doc put me on Efexor. Agh..... the side effects were AWFUL. I decided to get off medication alltogether and the swishing is becoming much less noticable over time (3-4 weeks).

Surely some medico should have documented this effect before now?

Anyway, the voice inside my head said I was hearing things and not to listen to the swishing sound. But then I thought if the voice inside my head said I was hearing things and not to listen, should I listen to the voice in my head? :lookaround:

Bye

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I too was searching for information on swishing sounds. I seemed to get this after going off Lexapro, Then Doc put me on Efexor. Agh..... the side effects were AWFUL. I decided to get off medication alltogether and the swishing is becoming much less noticable over time (3-4 weeks).

Surely some medico should have documented this effect before now?

Anyway, the voice inside my head said I was hearing things and not to listen to the swishing sound. But then I thought if the voice inside my head said I was hearing things and not to listen, should I listen to the voice in my head? :lookaround:

Bye

Hi HAL 9000,

That is something to think about. I mean if you are hearing voices in your head telling you what to do then you might need to let the doctor know that. How loud is that voice? Maybe it your conscious. Something to think about. Best wishes.

Lindahurt

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I know this sounds odd, but I have been having these swishing sounds go off whenever my eyeballs move. I don't remember when it started, but I am really aware of the sound now. I have not been able to pinpoint which one of my meds might be causing this.

Just checking to see if anyone else has experienced this.

Mike

Mike,

It does sound odd, doesn't it? But I experience it also. And my doctor looked at me like I was crazy when I told him.

I notice it mostly when I miss a day or two of meds (zoloft).. when I move my eyes fast from left to right, up to down, etc.., when I blink.. I can even "feel" the swish in my fingers sometimes. It's maddening at times. It does make me feel better though that I'm not the only one experiencing this side-effect! Hopefully, someone will find out what this is soon!!

I hate you guys are going through this but I am releived because i had no idea what was happening to me. I stopped Lex about week ago and have been dizzy and when i turn my head it takes a split second for my eyes to catch up and i have a VERY annoying swishing noise when i move my eyes or look around or even when walking......anyone else????????

Yes i get this. Sounds like someone momentarily with a pair of marakas, when i turn my head or move my eyes. When i'm tired and or depressed i also get a continuous hissing in the back of my head. Somedays louder than others.

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I also could hear my eyeballs move when I was coming off Effexor.

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Just reading about the swishy eyeballs! LOL...... NOT!! It is absolutly awful! Glad to know I'm not alone and crazy! However this is a horrible symptom.

There are other symptoms as well but the SWISH is the worst! So I have been on celexa for exactly a year and slowly weened myself off. I have been

having these symptoms for almost two weeks. I see no one has replyed on the subject for almost 6 months. Can any one tell me how much longer do

I have to deal with this, will it be permenant?...........HELP!!!! :help:

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Yes, I too have this symptom. I was thinking about quitting sertraline 50 mg a day, but when I was off for 4 days these symptoms began.

It is incredibly annoying and I hope not permanent. Since no-one seems to have followed up on this site, I'm guessing it does stop. If it didn't I imagine people would be here complaining still.

Weird symptom, I'm still feeling it as I write this article (I began taking Sertraline again today). If it is permanent we should begin a class-action suit because if I have to deal with this for life I'm going to be very depressed/angry.

Edited by TilleyA07

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Wow, this thread is fascinating. But, obviously it's a bummer to those that have this. I've never experienced it, but have heard squishing noises in my head that sounded like fluid or blood or something was oozing around in my brain.

:lookaround:

:shocked:

Hope this goes away for everyone! It does appear to be something the drug companies should look into and list as a possible side or withdrawal effect.

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I was really surprised (in a good way) to find this discussion!

This is my case:

yesterday morning I forgot taking my Effexor XR 75 mg (im on it for almost a year).

in the evening i already started feeling weird. kinda unbalanced.

when I woke up today - after 24 hours without the "drug" in my system - I had the eyeball-noise syndrom which led me here eventually....

I felt so strange this morning, so disoriented, i even was afraid to drive to work...

anyway, today i took the pill and few hours later i started feeling normal again.

SO STRNANGE!

do you think i should see a doctor?

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Yep sounds like Brain Zaps to me. I have always experienced them as a weird sound when I move my eyeballs. I'm sure it's from AD withdrawal. To be safe, of course, you might want to check with an opthamalogist (sp?) but it sounds exactly like the brain zaps I've had in the past.

-htc

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