It's only happened twice. I'm afraid to jinx this by saying anything, but I feel I have just walked into heaven when I got on Viibryd. To be on an anti-depressant AND get to keep my sex drive AND actually be able to achieve orgasm MORE frequently and easily than before? I hope nothing goes wrong with this drug, as I hope to be friends for life with Viibryd. I'm looking into buying stock in this company.
12 Sep 2011
I have had a handful of nights with really weird vivid dreams and am into my 2nd week of 40mg. The insomnia is what is still really bad... waiting to here back from my dr. to see if he can give me something, otherwise all other side effects are tolerable and I too am very excited about this one!
2 Nov 2011
I too am in my second week of the 40 mg dose and find that I am nightly having vivid dreams/nightmares. And they are just bizarre - like all my co-workers are vampires, etc. Takes me a good three hours after waking up to feel okay and not have that "fight or flight" respone. Does anyone have more time on the med to know if the dream stuff goes away?
1 Dec 2011
I've noticed myself having nightmares and very vivid dreams like I'm awake but no one can hear me. I have been on the 40mg dose for a month now and have noticed muscle spasms and nightmares if I don't take my med before I go to sleep. My dreams have been very scary and emotional. The only true side effect I can say is the muscle spasms. I have a dr appt coming up and can't wait to talk to him about it. Otherwise I love this medicine. I haven't had any other side effects. I hope this helps and would love to hear from others on this. Unfortunately this drug is too new to research side effects. Don't know if I need a Priest or a Doctor, lol
7 Jan 2012
I looked up nightmares on the web after starting viibryd. I am on week 2 of 40mg and because I couldn't sleep, couldn't even notice time for bed, I switched to taking in morning. Since then I can hardly wake up and had weird dreams, and nightmares too, vivid and real. It's unusual for me to get insomnia or disturbing dreams. Before the dreams my nights were interrupted sleep even with zolpidem.
Also, never being highly manic, I knew I was on the edge before changing to mornings. I like the potency, feel scared to stop. I am going back to nights starting tonight. I need to wake up in mornings.
Chris... How is it going now, couple months later?
1 Feb 2012
PLEASE READ THIS, I HOPE IT HELPS:
I started taking Viibryd about 4 months ago. I started out with the 3 week sample pack that consisted of 10 mg the first week, 20 mg the second week, and 40mg the third week. Physically, by the 5th or 6th week, I noticed I was rapidly gaining weight, but in a mostly bloated way. In fact, I looked and thought I was pregnant. Emotionally, I was very happy and excited, but almost too excited. Specifically, my blood pressure was higher and I was jittery. My psychiatrist and therapist both told me to give the drug some more time. They said, that all of their patients who were taking this new "wonder" drug were experiencing about a 10 lb. weight gain as well as jitteriness. So, I kept going. My sex drive was more exciting but achieving orgasm was harder.
Well, I've given it 4 months and this is what has happened and why I've decided to stop taking this drug. My weight gain stopped at 130 lbs :( I'm normally 108-112 lbs and 5' 3''. I couldn't fit in any of my clothes... and I'm not exaggerating. This made me feel worse about myself then I ever had in my whole life. I seemed to crave food (carbs, sweets, etc.). Working out was hard because of the awful weight gain and sluggishness. Also, the nausea I experienced every time I took the drug was terrible. I would eat as much carbs as I could to deflect the nausea which was bad too. Eventually, the "wonder" drug with "no sexual side effects", caused my sex drive to completely dissolve, and trust me, I like to think of my self as an attractive, 27 yr old, female who loves to make love. I just had no motivation. Now, that's just the outside stuff... let me tell you about the horrible inside stuff...
About 1 month in, I started experiencing these awful leg kicks in my sleep, which graduated into full body jerks that would wake me and my husband up all night long. I felt uncomfortable and my body was wired while my head was tired. I could never quite fall in to a level 5 sleep stage. It was like I was always stuck in REM or level 3... constantly, vividly dreaming. Well, on Christmas Eve day, I was super busy running around doing last min. stuff that I forgot to take my medicine, and when it was time to go to bed, I realized it but only decided to take half of a pill (20mg), because I figured a full pill right before bed might keep me up. HUGE mistake. I was laying there and I knew I was asleep but awake, and then it felt like my entire brain was shocked or buzzed... like a horrible, brain, wave. I jumped up and thought it was just a dream, but it did it again while I was awake! Like being pushed forward but not moving at all! My husband calmed me down, and I laid back down while he played with my hair. We fell asleep, but again subconsciously, I was dreaming, and consciously, I knew I was stuck in a dream. Only, it wasn't a dream it was a NIGHT TERROR. Now, I'm a writer... a creator, and I've always had a vivid imagination. Also, I used to be addicted to opiates which also give you vivid dreams, but this was scarier than anything I had ever experienced. My nightmare was that I was in hell with the devil himself, and I was crying and screaming for help. I was being trotted by all of the elements of hell. Then, all around me, were friends and family. Some of the people were friends or faces I haven't seen in years, I screamed for help and they all started ripping me apart, one small piece at a time. What's crazy is that I knew I was having a nightmare and I was screaming at myself to wake up. I even saw that I was in my bedroom laying in my bed but I was still stuck in the nightmare. I finally physically, violently woke myself up and ran crying and sobbing out of the bedroom. As I was running to my daughters room (she was at her father's house thank god), I was still dreaming! I jumped on her bed as the nightmare faded away and I turned on her light and grabbed her stuffed animals and rocked back and forth for 30 min. crying. I knew that in that moment I was going crazy because of the medicine and only taking 20 mg vs the 40mg. When I could manage, I got my computer and some comfort food and went back to her comforting, pink, bedroom where I typed in the search engine, "Viibryd and nightmares." That's when I saw other people's accounts of what they were experiencing. It blew my mind. How could something with these kind of side effects be called a "wonder" drug? The next day was Christmas day, and my Doctor was out of town, so as much as wanted to throw the pills down the toilet and never take them again, I understood that that's the reason for the horrible "brain shock wave." So, I took them for a week like I was supposed to. Although I didn't feel the horrible 'brain wave,' I still had vivid dreams/mares and a couple of weeks after that I saw my Doctor. He suggested that I taper down off of them over a 4 week period. That is what I've been doing and this is my last week. Every time I take a little less, I experience the brain wave: in my car, at the store, when I'm walking my child to school, but it's slowly getting better. Since I've began weening, I have lost about 3 lbs a week. I'm down to 119 and counting. This Sunday will be my last 10 mg pill, Thank God. After that, I'm considering some type of wholelistic or light mood stabilizer but nothing like this.
Basically, it started out good, I felt happier and I had pep in my step, as well as I felt more sexually driven than usual. But rapid weight gain led to an mediate depression and an inability to exercise. My inability to achieve orgasm made sex more frustrating and eventually, I became more and more lethargic. And above all, the minute I decided to take a little less, my brain literally fried. I've never felt more scared in my life. I refuse to take something that would give you that kind of a withdrawal. We aren't' talking about some irritability and mood swings, we're taking full on paranoid psychosis.
I bought a book called, 'YOU': "Being Beautiful", and I started working with a nutrionist as well as a personal trainer. I have began taking steps in the direction of my personal goal to achieve what every good hearted human being should have... Self happiness - Self fulfillment - Feeling good about myself (even if that meant first, I had to start by looking at the ugly stuff from my child hood that caused much of the pain and sorrow, and deal with it through therapy). I'm taking charge of my life by truly looking at the inside as well as the out and changing everything about me that isn't right. As a result, my relationship with myself and the people I love have become much more respectful, happier, and healthy. I know that everyone is different and some people have to take meds. But, in the end, the whole thing was more of a cost than a reward. If you are not on Viibryd but are considering, please reconsider. If you are already taking it and want to stop, please ween off. DO NOT try to quit all together, because I went crazy. Whatever you do, I hope you find happiness.
Thank you for reading.
8 Feb 2012
I have been taking Viibryd for 4 months now and I am just realizing that the scary dreams I have been having is due to the drug.
I wake up and remember them and sometimes it really gets me down in the morning. I also have trouble sleeping so I am taking Xanax to help but it seems to make the dreams much worse. What to do?
19 Mar 2012
i thought i was crazy! i have been having the most awful nightmares, they are so real, and awful, half awake and half asleep. i also have been having this weird wave thing happening. a buzz that starts low, gets louder till it totally shuts out the sound in room, then a pop. i find myself crying in my sleep, yelling, moaning, waking up an emontional wreck. i dont sleep more tha 4 or 5 hours a night now. must mention i do take this medicine at night and i am on 40mg. when i first started this med i took it morning, my stomach hurt so bad i switched it to night, i guess now i am thinking about switching bad to morning? i see my dr. in a few weeks, will talk more to her about this then.
my husband i on 40mg also and has not had any of these nightmares, thats why i thought i was crazy. till i found this page, thanks to all of you out there for helping me to see i am not alone.
13 Apr 2012
I have been on Viibryd for awhile now, like 4 months or more. I have realized that if I forget to take my 40mg dose I get these same kinds of dreams. I have come to the conclusion that it only stays in your system for about 36 hours before I start getting the dreams so if you are waiting to long in between doses then you will have very vivid scary dreams. I also will hear things better but not in a good way. One time the noise was so loud I jumped out of bed. So anyways just remember to take it before that 36 hour mark and your life will be awesome with Viibryd. Huge change in my life!!! I love it, my husband loves it, my family loves it!
16 Apr 2012
First of all I just want to say, thank you so much to all of you who posted. I find myself glancing at the clock, which is currently 3:34 AM, and although I'm a little ticked with my doctor it's nice to know that I'm not the only person going through this. Like many of you the Viibryd seemed to be perfect in the beginning, but here I am experimenting with a 40 mg dosage and waking up in the middle of the night feeling paranoid and scared that I may actually be losing my mind. My nightmares have been vivid, but more eerie than anything. I keep feeling like I'm in these places that are real, like I've been there before and somehow they're significant to me. The problem is, I have no idea where I am. Anyway, I wake from these dreams feeling scared, and tonight seemed worse for some reason. Looking across the room into the shadows seemed different, closing my eyes unrealistic.
And, although I had linked these dreams to the Viibryd, I hadn't even considered this drug being the source to my frequent dizziness (since I'm considerably tall and standing up too fast can do that to me) and the ringing that comes out of nowhere, completely wiping out my hearing like I've been dropped in the deep end of a pool. The last post held quite a bit of relevance for me, too, since I had forgotten to take my pill yesterday and here I am wondering what the hell is going on with me. The truth is I like Viibryd, but I'm not sure I like it this much. If these dreams get as bad as some of you are say then I don't know if I have the strength to continue with this drug.
16 Apr 2012
I have been on this medication for 3 weeks now and at first thought it was a God send. My husband cried, because fairly quickly he said, "I have missed you so much"... but then the nightmares started on 20mg. Only a week into the 20mg dosage I didn't want to go back to sleep. I talked to my Dr. who "said" she didn't know about the side effect of nightmares. I advised her to google it like my husband did at midnight one night after a nightmare I woke up from. The dreams are so vivid and scary. My nightmares I would wake up from a dream inside another dream, this one scarier than the first. Problem was I couldn't wake myself up without getting physically tired doing so. By the time I assocaited the Viibryd with the nightmares they were so bad that I was talking about "them, and they, and giving them identity".
I knew the difference between the real world and the dream world, but I felt as if "they" were waiting for me at the edge of the darkness. This is the 3rd day without any of the Viibryd and I still feel like I have been hit by a bus. My arms and legs feel so weak and like rubber. Last night was the first night I didn't experience any nightmares. I have not slept a good nights sleep in 3 weeks. I am feeling like I felt when I first came to the Dr. in the beginning. I would NEVER advise anyone to take this medicine. I wouldn't wish the nightmares I had on anyone. Worst experience of my life! It was nice to feel "normal" for a while but not worth the side effects. I would rather be depressed, anxious, nervous, pissed off, ... whatever than to go throught that again.
11 Jun 2012
I too am midway through my second week of 40mg and won't, absolutely WON'T, take another 40mg. I have had severe rage/irritability during the day and TERRIFYING nightmares during the last several nights. I almost drove myself to the hospital I was so freaked out last night. I called my doctor this morning and he told me to break the 40mg in half and take 20mg until I see him tomorrow. I felt so amazing the first 2 weeks of starting the 10mg and 20mg. I felt like I had my life back. I really hope I can just lower the dose and get back to feeling good. However, if this irritability and the nightmares continue, I will have to quit. It scares me that a drug can have this extreme side effect on me. It makes me question taking any drugs for depression. I've spent my life on them... effexor, prozac, lexapro, but they give out eventually. But I can't live with depression and anxiety either. I wish you all the best.
20 Jun 2012
I would like to share my experiences with "Viibryd nightmares." They are not like anything I have experienced before. My intake is 40mg for about 3 weeks after ramping up for 3 weeks and tapering off Celexa. I also take Seroquel and Klonopin. I had been doing really well with the Celexa and the other meds, but I am in a relationship and wanted to recover my sex-drive, if possible. I remember the nightmares best when I take afternoon naps. I have experienced the spinning sensations as others mentioned. I felt like my whole body was an object like a spinning top, spinning round and round very fast. Another day I was jumping, as if on a pogo stick. I can't be sure but I think my actual body was springing up and down rhythmically as I lay in bed. The nightmares for me were not horror movies, but more like black and white detective or sci-fi movies, not in content, but in mood. They always involve me in some setting, interacting with other people.
There is an obsessive quality to the "plot," such as trying do do something that I am prevented from doing, or needing someone to be there who cannot get there. I call it perseveration, because the action or thought comes back over and over. I feel physically very dry inside my body and I feel the air conditioning very cold. I also get the half-awake, half asleep sensation, where I have tried to physically get up but cannot move. When I finally fully wake up, I have a feeling of loneliness and helplessness. One time I woke up feeling like in the dream I had been doped up in a mental hospital. After getting out of bed, the sad, lonely feeling stays with me for an hour or two. It is intense and scary. I am determined to ride it out until (hopefully) these side effects dissipate. In waking hours I have experienced some good things, such as more energy and focus, and hints of sex drive returning. The medication is intense.
25 Aug 2012
Thank you all so much, I was truly afraid I was going crazy. I am on my second week of the 40mg and having horrible, crazy dreams. I did not know how to describe this to my husband until I read some of your post. I have had the same situation. I see all kinds of objects in neon color, then all of a sudden things go gray, I have that falling sensation and wake up. I have also had the weird electrical sound that starts low and gets louder ending in a sound like a fire cracker going off, which scares you to death and causes you to sit right up in bed. I have also experienced the feeling of being in a car on a very bumpy road that causes you to wake up as well. Not sure what I will do yet about this. I hate changing medication but I also don't want to be scared to fall asleep at night. Ughhhh
25 Aug 2012
I am so sorry about all of you who posted about crazy nightmares with Vibryd. I am taking it with food (protein, i.e. cereal and milk) in the morning. My depression is finally down to a manageable level. I feel like myself again. I do not have nightmares from this drug, which is odd because I usually get many of the side effects of every drug. The one reason I think I am not having them is because I take a drug at night called tizanidine (Zanaflex). It is an m.s. drug that reduces spacticity. I do not have m.s. but I do have a rare neurological disease called pls (primary lateral sclerosis) which makes you drag a foot and your brain doesn't communicate too well with your nerves. This drug has helped me a lot as I don't drag my foot (fell a lot) and a lot of my pain is gone. Tizanidine is so sedating that I can only take it at night.
It knocks me out and keeps me asleep for 8 solid hours. I suspect that it knocks me out so well that it keeps the Vibryd from causing dreams. The first few weeks I took it, though, I felt that my sleep was shallower and was waking up much earlier than necessary. But that has passed. Ironically, tizanidine causes hallucinations in some people, which I got!! Big spiders crawling toward me just as I was falling asleep. I would see them in the bedroom with eyes wide open! The only way I could stop it was to put on the light. Those have stopped too, thank goodness. But I do think that the tizanidine is knocking me out so much that I don't remember my dreams at all. Hence, is there a sleep drug that can have that same effect on you? Not sure what that would be, but you could ask your dr. I don't think you could take the tizanidine. That would be pretty off-label. But, it is generic now so it's cheap. Think about it, if Vibryd helps your depression. Just thought I would mention this. By the way, I am bruising like crazy, though, on Vibryd, although my headaches have abated. Thank goodness for that. I wish you all well!!
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