Finished first week of 10 mg viibryd. I have gained two pounds, and am needing to lose weight. Viibryd is not supposed to cause weight gain, and was wondering if anyone else has experienced this. So far, my depression is much better. Any comments are appreciated!
27 Jun 2012
I have been taking Viibryd for six month and I too have experience weight gain despite Viibryd claims that it does not cause weight gain. I am currently being monitored monthly by my doctor. I go for monthly weight and blood pressure check ups. My doctor can verify that since starting Viibryd I have gained 20 pounds. I am currently prepping for an upcoming surgery. I have cut many foods and drinks out of my diet. I currently drink only water and green tea. I excerise daily. There is no reason for this weight gain. Viibryd is the only medication that I am currently taking and as I mentioned, it can be proven that my weight has increased significantly since starting Viibryd. I am 40 years old and my weight had been stable prior to starting Viibryd. I have also been experiencing very vivid dreams and nightmares since starting Viibryd. And, unfortunately, I am one of the rare few who have experience sexual side effects on this drug. On the positive side, Viibryd is working for me. My doctor and I are continuing to monitor these side effects.
26 Nov 2011
I have been on Viibryd for about a month and a half now and I have gained quite a bit of weight. I keep seeing things that say it's not a side effect but it definitely is for me, and obviously everyone reacts to things differently. I have been on numerous medications and have learned that they all react differently with different people.
I started taking Viibryd because I was tired of my decreased (almost not even there) sex drive when I was on Zoloft. Viibryd has improved my sex drive quite a bit but I've also gained weight (probably about 5 lbs in 1.5 months). I feel constantly hungry. BUT, my depression seems to be better too. I'm going to try to stay on it for a while and see if I can control the food cravings.
23 May 2013
YES! I went off after over a year on it and i gained 20lbs. It made me crave sweets especially and i was starving all the time. As soon as I started weening off I was not starving anymore. It was the only highlight of the horrible weening off and withdrawals i had (and am still having) trying to come off. Im on my 4th week without them and it's much better now. If you read more messages, you will see that most people gained weight. I tried curbing it but it was not easy and I was not successful. Good luck.
8 Jul 2013
For me Viibryd definitely caused a weight gain. I gained 60 pounds. I was on 40 mg. I was doing better with my depression and so my dr had me tapper off of the med. I got off of it about 5 weeks ago. I went on a week long vacation an I have been eating high calorie stuff since going off of Viibryd. I am starting a weight loss program and so was trying not to lose before the challenge started. A lost 15 pounds during those 5 weeks. I also had swelling of my ankles with Viibryd. The medication did its job but with unwanted side effects.
6 Dec 2012
My doctor has me on Viibryd right now because I have comorbid anxiety disorder, and I am very much convinced that this drug causes weight gain, dramatically increased appetite, increased junk food cravings, and/or a combination of all three.
I started Viibryd about 3 weeks ago, using the sample pack that has taken me from 10mg, to 20mg, to currently 40mg; and I am taking the Viibryd in conjunction with Venlafaxine (being weaned off of it in order to switch to the Viibryd fully). I am a 28 yr old happily married female, no kids, but I have always struggled with my weight since I was a kid, and obesity runs in my family. I finally got down to a comfortable weight about a year ago, and I was on Prozac at the time and seemed to keep the weight off without much trouble; but long story short, I have switched meds a couple of times to try to improve my mental condition, and now that I have started the Viibryd, I have put on somewhere between 7-10 lbs, and my stomach constantly looks very bloated.
I had noticed that shortly before I started taking Viibryd, while I was on just Venlafaxine, I did also seem to be getting more hungry than usual--but, I was on the Venlafaxine for months before that without any hunger issues. Now that I am taking the Viibryd, my appetite is relentless. I am CONSTANTLY painfully hungry unless I eat 1700+ calories a day, which is not normal for me--I used to be able to eat 1200 a day while dieting without too much hunger discomfort. The food I eat is filling too, like vegetables, breads, cereal etc., yet it still doesn't seem to work. The constant hunger, and my clothes being tight now, is making me very stressed and uncomfortable, which is counteracting the otherwise decent work the Viibryd has seemed to be doing for me mentally.
In addition to this, since I started the Viibryd, I have been feeling so addicted to junk foods that they may as well be drugs in and of themselves. Over the past year or so, I sometimes have had to take a prescribed benzodiazepene to relieve my stress when it's really bad; but now, even though I still have access to this benzodiazepene, I feel so junk food crazed that I have been turning to sweets INSTEAD of my benzodiazepene to try to make myself feel better. I know that this is bad for my weight and for my health, but I cannot control myself; I feel like I just turn completely animalistic at these times, like a shark in a feeding frenzy. It's horrible, not to mention costly and embarrassing. And I'll admit I have always had a pretty bad sweet tooth, but this is like NOTHING I've ever experienced before.
I am trying to get my doctor to switch me to a different drug by emphasizing how bad these appetite/weight symptoms have been, and I'm not really sure whether he is taking me seriously yet, but we'll see. At the very least I do feel more comfortable reading that other people here have experienced similar side effects, and that it's not just me; but I hope everyone who is going through this is able to find a better drug for their treatment.
18 May 2012
I'm soooo glad I found this thread. I was prescribed Viibryd in January and have had continued cravings for sweets and carbs, which is COMPLETELY out of character for me. I've gained 21lbs!! I couldn't figure out why or what had changed in the last few months and the only thing I could come up with is that the weight gain started around the same time I started this medication. So I thought I'd look up side effects and found this. NO more for me! Thanks for posting this.
7 Jan 2013
I was started on vibrid in September, gradually increasing a dosage of 10mg to 40mg over the course of a couple of weeks. By thank giving I was unable to fit into any of my clothes without having to squeeze in. On weighing myself i had gained 15 pounds. I have a very small frame (5'3") and this weight gain is completely messing with my self-esteem and confidence. I was assured repeatedly by the doctor that it is weight neutral however this amount of weight gain is completely messed up. I workout religiously and never eat sweets etc and in the past have been able to control my weight. I discontinued last month but the weight seems to be stuck on there.
15 Dec 2012
Hi. I started taking Viibryd a year ago. I worked up to the 40 mg. with few side effects, mostly indigestion. I was in South Africa for 5 months and did not have enough of a supply to last so I had to go back to 20 mg. until I came back home to the states as they did not have this drug over there. I did gain weight (5 - 7 pounds) but attribute that to less exercise and different foods. Once home I eventually got back to my original weight and back to the 40 mg. As I am older, my metabolism has slowed down a lot and I do need to be careful when I eat and how often. Those are the two clues to weight gain for me. I absolutely loved Viibryd for my depression. The only side effect I have is infrequent nightmares. My psychiatric nurse never heard of this until I shared how common it is after joining this wonderful support group. My problem right now is that it is not working so hot since I have been on Prednisone 10 mg/day for 3 months and then twice did 40 mg. of Pred for 5 days.
Nonetheless it is all trial and error until I get my RA under control, on the right drugs for that. and my doc takes me off the Pred. I am trying to be patient. I know this answer might not help you so much but I did want to share my experience as drugs to effect everyone differently and it is important to weigh out the positives and negatives and give the drug time to work and your body to get used to it. Of course, this is only my opinion. If I started immediately gaining weight I would not be happy.
3 Apr 2012
I'm so glad I saw this site. I've read all the literature for
Viibryd and weight gain is not a side effect but I've gained 20lbs since I started about 2months ago. I like the drug but can't stand the weight gain. I wake up every morning with new resolve to watch what I eat and then proceed to eat my way through to dinner.
8 Feb 2013
I just saw you posted this over a year ago, but I was put on Viiibryd last summer and was told by my physician that it would not cause weight gain. But I have gained 15 lbs, despite my trying to diet and avoid sugars and bad carbs. i can only blame it on Viibrryd, as none of my other diet and exercise plans have changed.
26 Jun 2013
Wow... how did I miss these posts? I searched for answers to this question back in October 2011. I've been on Viibryd since then. I have finally found a new dr. who is switching me back to Celexa (which I switched from due to sweating... I'd rather sweat).
Since on Viibryd, I've only gained 10 lbs in a little over a year and a half. HOWEVER, I workout 6 hours a week (kickboxing, running, Insanity, I mean I workout HARD). My craving for sugar skyrocketed winter 2012 and now it all makes sense. I knew this stuff was evil. I also had severe concentration issues and had to be put on adderal, which I am now weaning off of.
Thanks to all that posted. I'm not alone. And when you have depression/anxiety, that knowledge alone is very helpful.
3 Apr 2012
I haven't been "slim" since high school but since starting viibryd about 5 months ago I have gain almost 40 pounds. My appitite has increase dramatically. I am tapering myself off now hoping to lose the extra weight. Has anyone who has tapered off had many side effects when doing so?
26 Mar 2013
I've been on an increasing g dose of Viibryd to where I've been on 40mg for 3 or 4 months. In that time my weight has shot up 28 pounds! I'm a fairly healthy eater and have never had a gain of that magnitude in a short amount of time.
I even started Weight Watchers 1 1/2 months ago.. I've lost only 1.3lbs to date. I follow it to the T and I constantly struggle in a fight with my weight I think I am losing.
Definitely talk you your doctor about switching meds, I certainly am!!
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