Hello, I'm gaining weight on this medication and have not changed my diet at all, does anyone else have this problem? Thank You
25 Oct 2011
Weight gain is not a stated side effect of Viibryd but may be a possibility. Actually manufacturers specifically note that it does not cause weight gain. Please see link below.
27 Oct 2011
I've been taking viibryd for about a month now and I don't know about actual weight but I've definitely increased in my mid-section. I've been really careful about what I've been eating and nothing is really helping. I'm ready to take myself off of it as a result. I was on Zoloft before and switched to Viibryd because of the lack of sexual side effects but weight gain is equally as bad in my opinon.
19 Nov 2011
I've just finished the starting pack of Viibryd my MD gave me, and am now on a daily dose of 40mg a day. The upside? No sexual side-effects. Yippee! The downside? Weight gain. It's a huge, disappointing bummer. I've gained close to 30 pounds and am now wearing a snug size 14 in jeans (vs a size 10). I'm 5'8" and treadmill (uphill, sweat, pant, etc... ) regularly, so even if I'm eating more, I shouldn't have gained this much weight.
19 Nov 2011
I haven't gained any of the weight I gained on Seroquel or those other anti-psychotics that are great for people who suffer psychotic episodes, but really suck pond scum for the rest of us. I also haven't lost any weight either. With Fibromyalgia I'm frequently to wiped out to walk more than 10 minutes a day, but I have a friend on lamictal who stands for a half day at her jobs, exercises vigorously, then splits the afternoons between extra homework help and active play with her 2 boys. She still has a little tummy bulge, and she's one of the most awesome people I know. The inside is what counts, not the outside... and I'm preaching to the choir here,
Best to you
22 Jan 2012
I have the exact opposite side effecs. I was taking cymbalta 90 mg and gained close to 70 pounds. Once I started the viibryd my appetite has significantly decreased and I've lost close to ten pounds in about one week. I am exercising regularly as well but since beginning the viibryd I am not nearly as hungry as I was on the cymbalta
28 Oct 2012
Hi. I was told by my PCM that I would drop weight. I started the 10-40 mg kit. The last three weeks I've been on the 40mg and in 7 days gained 10 lbs. From one Dr visit to another. I fall asleep during the day at work and have severe diarrhea causing hematochezia. I have stopped the meds. Although it is not stated as a side effect there's no other logical reason for my weight gain.
2 Jan 2013
My doctor switched me from Cymbalt to Viibryd because of weight gain. I am on my 2nd month of this medication and I have gone from 225 to 246. My hunger and cravings have increased drastically. Im dropping down to the 20 mg like someone stated above and see if that helps... otherwise I will be stopping this all together. My depression started over weight gain and now seems to be worse as I cannot wear many of my clothes... I was a size XL and 14 in jeans and now my tops are 3x and I cannot fit into my jeans!! Grrr!!
3 Jan 2013
The clinical trail data (you can find it online if you look hard) shows 4-6% had weight gain, while 3-9% got anorexia. Basically, Viibryd is not an indicator for weight gain.
That said, there is some evidence that just feeling better causes some people to eat more. Depression causes some people to not eat. Anyone in this group would gain weight on Viibryd, but that is because it works. Or, should I say, it works well for me.
I have lost 45 pounds since being on Viibryd. I eat when I am depressed. Every person is different.
Again, the scientific data do not support weight gain for everyone, but there is a small percentage that do gain weight. You may be in that group.
10 Jan 2013
I'm a tiny 107 lbs, 5'3". I've been on viibryd for a little over 2 months and now I'm 117. That's a huge weight gain for me an if you can imagine, I can't fit into my size 0 pants anymore. I'm loving viibryd except for this side effect. It pretty much sucks! I'm a very healthy eater and work at a gym so I workout 5-6 days a week, and pretty hardcore too. So a 10 pound weight gain for me is pretty much a blow.
28 Feb 2013
This question as well as the responses are really concerning me. I just started taking Viibryd and I'm absolutely terrified of gaining more weight. Between Lexapro and Effexor, I gained 45 lbs in a year. My doctor told me that Viibryd actually promotes weight loss. I'm sure hoping she's right...
1 Mar 2013
Viibryd Queen checking in here. I certainly did not need a drug that would cause weight gain. initially lost around 8 lbs during the first couple months on Viibryd.. I'd say after 9 mos my total weight loss is around 11 lbs. I'm puzzled by those who say they have experienced bizarre, nearly impossible weight gain with this drug. Except in cases of significant water retention, drugs don't simply CAUSE weight gain-but eating more or unhealthfully does. I'm with RonMan. I think there must be something else going on but... each individual is different.
Best Regards to all of you.
20 Mar 2013
I have been on a few different antidepressants in the last several years including Zoloft which I gained weight on. The past 8 to 9 months I have been on Prozac and gained 10-12 lbs. I have just switched to Viibryd because my doctor said it should not cause weight gain. I hope the doc is right. It is very frustrating to me that I need meds to keep from being depressed. They usually work well for me which I am thankful for but the weight gain is frustrating. It is like the meds make me crave food constantly.
- Viibryd Information for Consumers
- Viibryd Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Viibryd (detailed)
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