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I have been on most anti-depressants on the market but they stop working after a while. When my doctor gave me a sample packet with 10mg, 20mg and 40mg,I threw the paperwork away. I started on 10mg every morning for seven days. I THOUGHT I HAD DIED AND GONE TO HEAVEN. I felt like a new person. The same thing with the 20mg. My family and friends were amazed; however, I did talk a lot about not...
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I am honestly starting my first day tomorrow and in hopes it will truely help my severe depression.
The thing about "mood" medications is that they are specific for each person. What "works" for you, may not "work for me. LOVE the stuff but I agree that it is very unforgiving. If you don't take it the same time, it can be ugly. Small price to pay for how well it works for me.
I was on a couple of medications before trying viibryd. Depression and energy level were way better then when I started viibryd. After the starting dose period was over and moved up to 20mg I felt way more irritated and sick feeling all over body and was like a zombie. Depression actually got worse so they moved me up to 40mg and after a few days on that I couldn't function, constantly thought about suicide, major irritation and depression never got better. I was literally counting down the minutes each day cause I was also in a constant cloud ,things didn't seem real and life was just disgusting. I discontinued viibryd and things got worse, I felt like dying, and having the worst hangover like feeling for a few weeks along with brain zaps, cold and hot flashes and severe nausea. I'm not currently taking any meds and still depressed but I'm not anything like I was when I was on that evil pill! Never again! Scared to take anything after that Read More Read Less
This drug was the absolute WORST antidepressant I’ve ever been on. I had horrible nightmares, crying and sleep paralysis. I’ve never had sleep paralysis and let me tell you it scared the living sh*y out of me!!!! I woke up in the dark and couldn’t move my arms or legs and when I tried to scream nothing came out. I also had an anxiety attack that was a week long. After 3 days with no sleep, I started taking a muscle relaxer to try to calm me down and make me sleepy. I accidentally overdosing myself on it. I had to call 911 and by the time they got here I was in a full blown seizure on the floor. They transported me to the hospital where I started seizing again. They put me in a coma and I was intubated for 3 days until they got the seizures under control. I did not have a history of seizures prior to this. I was diagnosed with PRES syndrome which is often times fatal. Once I was extubated I was still in the midst of the anxiety attack. It lasted for 3 more days. I had only been on Viibryd for 30 days when all of this occurred. I would NOT recommend this antidepressant to anyone. I almost lost my life because of the side effects. Use caution if you decide to take it!! Read More Read Less
I decided to get off of Viibryd because if I ever forgot to take a dose, I would have the most sinister nightmares. But besides that, since starting Viibryd, I dream constantly, all night long. I'm worn out by morning. It took the edge off of anxiety but was never fantastic at relieving my anxiety symptoms.
I was hopeful to have something more calming than my usual anxiety meds because I was getting really upset with my spouse more than ever before so my doctor had me try vibryd. Once I got to the 40mg after the first week or two, I thought I was going crazy. I cried and was scared and felt alone. I honestly thought I was losing it. I had insomnia, but the worst were nightmares and slight suicidal thoughts. I think this is a dangerous medication to take and I will never touch it again in my life.
My treatment was for anxiety and depression. I started on 20 mg and went up to 40mg after a couple of weeks. My anxiety got so bad that I had to go back to Paxil. The Viibryd did absolutely NOTHING for my anxiety or my depression. I'm still feeling awful. Only been back on the Paxil for a week but hoping that something improves because I am absolutely miserable.
I've dealt with depression in my teens. I have been diagnosed with major depressive disorder since 3 years ago. I maxed out on taking Effexor, Zoloft and Hydroxyzine..also take Gabapentin, and trazadone for sleep. Started Viibryd 1 week ago. So far I've had suicidal ideation ad am crying all the time from the minute I wake up up and throughout the day. I asked my doctor next week. TRYING TO HOLD OUT
Generalized Anxiety Disorder-Have tried many different drugs. Celexa, Zoloft this by far is best and easiest on my body
I wish I would have read these reviews before I switched from Zoloft to Viibryd. I have been taking this for about 7 weeks now for anxiety. Started off on 40 mg of Viibryd right away. The first few weeks I felt dizzy with horrible stomach problems. Then on week 4 I forgot to refill my prescription (forgot my new dr was closed on Fridays). I could typically go 4 days without zoloft until I started to notice withdrawals. Not with Viibryd, withdrawals were noticeable the next day. I had to leave work a few times because I couldn't focus or stay awake. I have been at least an hour late to work because I physically can not wake up. My job is one of my favorite things in my life, so not being on time is completely out of the norm. I couldn't hold a conversation with coworkers or customers without feeling like a panic attack was coming on. My dreams have been so realistic and horrifying. These past few weekends, I have slept until 3 or 4 pm. Im a very active person so this is very unusual. I feel like my brain is going to explode and all I do is cry and have so much anger when I am awake. The best advice I can give- if you are feeling like this (crying, anger, rage, hurting yourself) is reach out to your biggest support person and cry and express your feelings. Today was the scariest episode i have had and im lucky enough to have an amazing, understanding daughter and husband. Do whatever calms you. Mine is a candle lit in my room watching hulu. Im slowly going to get off of this and switch back to zoloft. I do not recommend this drug but if you do try viibryd, please start off on the smallest dosage possible. Read More Read Less
I switched from long term prozac use to vibryd. I was on it for 2 weeks and almost ended up in ER. Ambulance called because of constant crying,rage and more. Very bad drug for me
TL;DR: viibryd gave me uncontrollable stomach aches and diarrhea after almost a year of use. Along with this, accidentally forgetting to take it would in turn disable me completely the next day, being unable to get out of bed due to extreme fatigue I’ve never felt before. Overall, it worked until It didn’t, and I almost want to cry about it, since it was my miracle drug for a good while. - I’m beyond devastated about the life altering side effects I started to develop 6+ months into viibryd. The drug had been the first one to ease my depressive symptoms and all of a sudden started to give me terrible belly issues. I would get stomach aches after every meal, but tried to change my diet to see if that would help. It didn’t, sadly. Went on vacation and was running to the bathroom multiple times after every meal with what I would describe as really bad pain and uncontrollable diarrhea. Weeks prior to this, I started to experience stomach aches after dinner everyday, but I thought my main issue was overeating (which it most definitely was, but viibryd was taking the stomach aches to another level). I will be going to my doctor asap to ween off this drug and depressingly start my drug hunt again. Read More Read Less
I thought I should add my experience with Viibryd cause it's definitely been a good one mostly. I started it after seeing my last psychiatrist, so about maybe first started when I was 21? I'm 25 just recently as well, I wouldn't still be taking a medicine if it didn't help me. I have multiple mental disorders & other health issues, but the after I started the Viibryd I was able to sleep better, do things, work, be productive, all instead of letting my depression & mental health crush me. I will say I don't think I had any stomach issues anyone said, & I take it IN THE MORNING, if your doctor is saying night, they're putting something that's basically giving you the go to move around & be awake in your nightmeds & it'll definitely mess you up. Also, the ONLY thing I've experienced side effects wise, was having night terrors & sleep paralysis if I miss a doze & take a nap during the day, I wouldn't advise it. & I experienced when they tried to change me from being on 40mg of Viibryd, major withdrawals while still being on 20mgs of it, it really helps alot more than most medicines I've been on, & I was Early Onset with Bipolar/Depression/Anxiety etc, so I was medicated by 7yrs old. I hope this helps someone in the future!Read More Read Less
I've tried and failed more than 15 antidepressants over the last 9 years since my depression diagnosis, and was feeling particularly discouraged after a bad time withdrawing from Effexor. My psychiatrist suggested I get genetic testing done to help narrow down what medications I might have fewer issues with, and Viibryd seemed like the next reasonable choice when we got my results back. I've been on Viibryd for about 7 months and it has honestly been night and day. I finally have the energy to do things again. I experience a bit of moodiness around the start of my periods but my depression is basically gone day to day. The one downside is a bit of stomach discomfort when I was first getting acclimated to it (as well as if I don't eat enough with my dose), but it's very manageable compared to the side effects I dealt with on other medications.Read More Read Less
I'm a 57 year old terminally disabled veteran with an SMI diagnosis prolonged PTSD anxiety and depression this med has changed my life thank you
I think Viibryd is finally helping after about 2 months. So thankful! I’ve suffered from various levels of depression since my late teens. I’m almost 63. I’ve tried a lot of anti depressants. Didn’t work or couldn’t tolerate the side effects even after about 3 months, so stopped. However been on Wellbutrin 300 ER for about 25 year and it initially helped for years. About 10 years ago life/health issues began, took a turn for worse. Hypertension, elevated cholesterol, minor cardiac stuff. Carpal tunnel syndrome since corrected, osteoarthritis, and some other stuff. Never smoked, rarely pot years ago. Rarely drank. Had mild covid twice, vaccinated. Have mild Covid Long. Isolation due to Covid et cetera made depression worse. Initially 0.5 mg at night was great. FINALLY slept well. But after 2-3 nights I became hyper and couldn’t sleep. And had to take some thing to help me relax in order to sleep but eventually change the dose to morning. I’m not exactly an early riser but I do wake up a couple hours earlier than I would like to take the medication, 10 mg now, and then go back to sleep for an hour or two. I’m still sleeping really well. I feel it’s helping more by taking it in the morning. I haven’t gained weight from it but I am doing some exercise, always have. I don’t have much of an appetite during the day at all and 9pm…. So even though it’s not healthy I probably get most of my calories before I go to bed and probably just a little bit fewer than if I had an appetite during the day. My hope is it continues to work. I am beginning to feel that I need a an increase in the dosage. I’m assuming my MD will increase the dosage when I see her at the end of this monthRead More Read Less
Only on 4th day of starter pack and immediately the 1st day I have been running to the bathroom with diarrhea everyday. No appetite. Although after the 1st day I felt better a little lighter in the head without all the anxiety and voices horrible headaches. I would rather be be depressed and crying in the shower than on the toilet even after not eating anything all day.
I started taking this medication on March 23 my stomach started hurting on April 6, I told my Dr on numerous times that I could not take this medication. He kept saying this is good medication you have to get use to it. I suffered with pain in the top of my stomach, no appetite, lost weight 5lbs, felt tired, no energy, etc. still my Dr wanted me to take it at night. I could not it another night. It took two days for it to be out of my system, my pain stopped, my appetite returned, my energy was back. I was checking in at my Dr office and a lady was on the phone stating she started Viibryd the night before and she was in the emergency room the next day. RUN FROM THIS DRUGRead More Read Less
I have my life back! I have suffered from Depression since I was a teenager, high anxiety, panic attacks, OCD. Anti-depressant prescribing has always been a crap shoot for psychiatrists, try this one try that one, until we find the one that works, problem is it can take 6-13 weeks before the real effects are seen. Who wants to spend that much time when they are suffering, just to start all over again? I was on Zoloft for over ten years, it did help with the panic attacks and social anxiety, but the sexual side effects were too much for me. No libido and delayed ejaculation, if at all, no thank you. I had a DNA test and found that only 3 antidepressants were compatible with my biochemistry and Zoloft was not one of them. I decided to go with Viibryd because of its novel mode of action (Both Serotonergic Agonist and SSRI). About a year ago I tapered off the Zoloft and was antidepressant free for almost a full year. The depression came back with a vengeance. I tapered up on Viibryd, 2 weeks at 10 mg and then 20 mg. I have now been using it for 2 months with little side effects. I have a lust for life again! I am out of the house, no longer bed bound! One of the side effects is talkativeness, this was especially true for me if I had some alcoholic drinks. One should stay away from alcohol while on antidepressants anyway so I have stopped. My recommendation for those still suffering, ask your doctor about the DNA tests. It removes the guesswork of which drugs to try first. From a quick look at the numbers in these reviews, it looks like people either hate or love this drug. For me it has been an easy transition since I did not have any other antidepressants in my system. I wonder if others were seeing side effects of coming off their previous antidepressant when switching to Viibryd and then blaming Viibryd for those feelings? Every case is different and with antidepressants less is more, so be gentle on yourself and patient. Make sure you have a support system bigger than just a drug, the drug can only meet our disease halfway, group therapy is highly recommended. The only thing different about this drug is that it must be eaten with food, a high fat content meal is best, I don't think it needs to be a big meal, but without food less than half the drug is absorbed so it won't be as effective. I usually have Full Fat yogurt in the morning, I am not a morning person and I don't like to have a big breakfast, so this has been working for me. This is the first drug that I can truly say I feel a difference when I take it, and the difference for me has been wonderful! Read More Read Less
GI Bleeding. Not good for I have platelets less than 50,000 Constant diarrhea nausea. Stops working. In creases blood pressure on me. I have heart desease. Sleep paralysis. Insomnia. Nightmares.
I have tried zoloft which made me very sick i almost got into a car accident because of how dizzy i was, i tried lexapro who made me worst than zoloft and finally got into viibryd, it took a week to get the fully effect of the pill and made me a different person. I am taking right now 5mg which is a very low dosage but since i am very sensitive to medications, it was the right choice for me. I came back to life, i started doing things i couldnt like simple things as taking shower!...i feel different!...please give it time to work!....also, take it at the same time everyday and take it in the morning because it can give you nightmares!!!...the side effects are very mild!!!!!!...Read More Read Less
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