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.
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?
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!
30 Jun 2013
I take Viibryd at night a few hours before I go to bed. I've been taking it for about two months now. I just woke up after series of vivid dreams/nightmares. The last one being my wife trying to kill me. Needless to say I'm a little apprehensive about going back to sleep. I like this medicine but if these nightmares are not temporary I think I'll be trying something else.
26 Aug 2012
I have been on Viibryd for a year now... and thought I would have to put up w/ the nightmares, Brain buzzing, bizzarre noises etc. I never even connected them to the Viibryd... until last night, and now i found I am not alone... I have been to neuros and rheums trying to figure out why i was having these horrible painful night TERRORS (yes, feeling actual pain, unbearable fear, cannot breathe, screaming but no sound... husband says i am catatonic while they are happening, I had asked him to observe)..so, it IS Viibryd... and it was helping so much! (weight gain though..and massive fluid retention, but i would have put up with that)..doc gets call first thing in morning..bye bye Viibryd..sigh...
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!
6 Jan 2013
This is my second week of 40mg, it is horrid for me. My biggest concerns are the ringing in my ears and the night terrors.
The ringing, if I'm tired, becomes so intense that I feel like I'm being shocked and jolted in my head. I would compare it to a bomb going off.
This morning I am awake because the dreams were beyond normal. I don't recall what woke me up, but I wasn't sure I woke at all. I kept talking to myself trying to ease myself back to sleep but the, "ear ringing jolts" kept interfering. My last attempt, I believe I lost contact with my body and was rushing thru the universe in a violent kinda way.
So here I am now... Reading your posts and trying to convince myself I wasn't just abducted.
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.
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.
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
21 Nov 2012
I noticed when I take it at night I get very weird bizarre vivid dreams that arent always as "bad" as they are creepy and unusual, yet they still feel more horrifying. Weird fun-house like acid-trippy kind of dreams where you keep trying to get out or wake yourself up, or weird seizure like dreams where you cant move and you keep trying to grab the phone to get help but you cant, all kinds of weird stuff where you keep trying to wake yourself up peeling through different layers of dreams trying to force yourself up. Last night (in my dream) i threw myself off the bed to wake up, but it didnt work, i was still in bed sleeping. I also am getting deja vu kind of dreams where i feel like ive had dreams like it before but i dont think i have. Everything is familiar but not familiar at all. hard to describe, but im starting to think its only when i take it at night so im going to going back to taking it in the morning because i havent had this problem that often when i take it in the morning. (40mg). Good luck!
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.
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?
21 Nov 2012
Hi Forum Friends,
I previously commented on this topic when I was new to the Forum, not understanding that a Comment was different than an Answer. I guess by looking up my name or reading the Comments you could find my really long winded comment, written when I was in the midst of this scary problem.
I initially comented when I was in the grip of what I now know are not just nightmares, but SLEEP PARALYSIS, an entirely different matter. One is unable to cry out or move during these episodes and it is indeed quite terrifying. Typically, as mine did, they involve demons, or other dark, morbid scary situations. The worst of mine was like something out of Rosemary's Baby. Chanting, black robed démons with pointed hoods tormented me.
Unfirtunately, I began my Viibryd therapy before a two month trip to Europe, which is key here. I had just commenced the full dose, and was not vigilant about timing my dosage due to 16 hrs of travel and jet lag. I paid a huge price for being careless with it and was ready to quit.
Fortunately, I hung in there. I was able to cope after researching my situation. I learned two things that made all the difference (i) Timing of dosage is of high criticality. I take mine ONLY in the morning, (and with food, to avoid nausea, which has also improved.) If I miss the AM dose, it's risky. If I take it LATE in the day there is a very good chance sleep paralysis will result. Likewuse, if I DON'T take it at all that day, I'm likely to have the same terrifying experience. I beleive it's related to how long this drug remains in the system. (ii) The more important point is this-calm yourself during the nightmare. I read that it can be done and was very effective for me. In that we "know" we are dreaming, it is possible to think soothing, comforting thoughts and reassure ourselves that it's "only a dream." It is also effective to SLOW your breathing, as I was escalating to the point of hyperventilating, thrashing, crying real tears, all of which was witnessed by my husband. I was finally successful in waking myself if I slowed my respiration, and "talked" myself down. I was able to move and awaken. From the first time I used these techniques, I was freed. If I did have dreams that were vivid and scary, I was no longer trapped in the terrifying SLEEP PARALYSIS.
Now some 6 months later, I still worry that I'm taking something so powerful, but I did hang in there at the lowest point because I was actually feeling so
MUCH better by day. It's concerning that the trials/literature did not give us warning of this side effect. I take Conazepam for sleep and I've wondered if this can be linked-combining this or similar drugs with Viibryd. I sleep very hard to begin with.
Both the dreaming and the nausea subsided for me and my mood has stabilized dramatically. I'm happy to be weaning off Buproprion. I hope you can also adjust to the side effects of Viibryd. It's made a huge difference in my life. Remember to carefully time your dosage!
Best wishes for pleasant and peaceful holidays. Thanks to all of you for always being here for me. From your questions and comments, I'm still learning.
9 Sep 2012
I have contacted forest lab. And will be contacting the fda again about this drug. Viibryd needs to be taken off of the market! I was on it from aug. 2011 until july 2012. I began having hallucinations that someone was in bed next to me & then I heard someone get up and walk away, but by the time I turned, no one was there. Then I began having the wave like sensations attack the left side of my head, nearly knocking me off of my feet. Then the sleep paralysis & nightmares so evil that stephen frikking king would make millions if he were able to dream up such terror. Hey stephen... Try the drug! Ha. I felt like I was raped, had my teeth knocked out, I was attacked by evil creatures, I saw a cloaked like evil man at the side of my bed. By the time I knew about sleep paralysis, thanks to others complaints, I knew more about how to stop them.
And how I did that was by holding my dog, taking the viibryd at night, having xanax handy (not that it helped that much), and I also was mentally prepared to say a prayer and fight back! So at the last worst 'sp' event, I tried something different and screamed internally to "get out of my body" (even in my sleep I didn't want to admit that there was the possibility that this was some sort of demonic exorcism that I had to perform on myself) and what happened next still gives me chills. I felt the demon like creature pulling on me, like my soul, back and forth we went, my putting up such a physically exhausting fight... I won... And the 'thing' jumped out of my body and to the floor and I felt the f*cker slap his large evil claw like hands on my feet and across my bed, even hitting my husband's feet (he didn't feel anything) as it pretty much laughed it's way out of my bedroom. That was it, I was able to wake up, crying, and tell my husband what I had experienced. It was after that weeks later that I had a major auditory & painful hallucination that made my face flinch in pain everytime it came back around and over and over into my ears... Stuffing out painfully, like with the pressure that someone else mentioned... Closing up all sound in the room. I have posted all about this and other's have too on the prescription drug info web site. Just waiting for a class action law suit!!!
- Viibryd Information for Consumers
- Viibryd Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Viibryd (detailed)
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