I have been taking Viibryd for six month and I have experienced weight gaine 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. As a result, I am constantly fatigued and feel unrested. And, unfortunately, I am one of the rare few who have experience sexual side effects on this drug. I am also noticing an increase in restless leg syndrome since starting Viibryd. On the positive side, Viibryd is working for me. My doctor prescribed Viibryd to treat my depression, anxiety, and anger. My doctor and I are continuing to monitor these side effects and I will definitely change medications if these side effects continue or worsten. Does anyone have any comments to share?
26 Sep 2012
I was given a starter pack by my doctor. I only took them for two weeks. I could not rest while on this. I would go right into nightmares. Also I have knee problems and they got to the point I could hardly get up from the toilet because they felt like boils were inside my knees and I also had terrible breakouts on my face. Now I have gone back to Paxil and I feel much better.
25 Jan 2013
I experienced extreme dizziness, in addition to feeling just plain horrible in the mornings, after I'd stepped up my Viibryd dose to 40. This had also occured in the first few days of the trial pack, but at 40 it was more severe and debilitating.
My love/hate relationship with Viibryd has been well documented, lol, but the last dosage adjustment made by my Dr has done WONDERS. I now take my 40 in the AM with food and another 20 in the evening around dinner time, (but not too late as I was truly terrified of the sleep paralysis/nightmares I experienced taking it at bedtime.)
The first morning after taking the supplemental 20 was the first morning of no dizziness and no headachy feeling!! I have been jubilant!! My Doc says I metabolize meds faster than most people (have been told this before by another physician.) I'm not aware of anyone else taking Viibryd 60 and I suppose I should be a bit nervous about that. But... I've been feeling so much better overall on Viibryd and now that the dizziness and headaches have resolved, I am singing its praises.
I hope I don't grow a second head or anything... lol. Sometimes I feel that despite the clinical trials, those of us who began taking Viibryd soon after it was released may still be guinea pigs! (no offense intended gps if you read this :)
charlimo I hope the dizziness resolves. It's no fun. Please keep us posted.
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28 Jun 2012
I too have gained weight. This is in spite of the constant diarrhea and being bloated. In addition, and to me the biggest problem, is the extreme pain in my joints and leg cramps. I went to the doctor 2 days ago and we discussed these side effects. The doctor agreed it could be the meds but also showed concern that it could be some kind of infection. He decided to cut the dosage down to 20mg (from 40mg) and added Welbutrin (I have never taken this before). I was going to take a wait and see approach before going to my internist but was very achy yesterday so I went ahead and made an appointment. Well this morning I woke up and feel so much better. Apparently it was the Viibryd. I agree with everyone that it worked great for the depression, but for me the trade-off is not worth it. I might also mention it seems the diahrrea is also gone. I think Viibryd needs more time on the market to accumulate some greater history regarding side effects.
2 Apr 2013
I have been taking 20 mg of Viibryd for 6 months and have experienced several side effects such as diarrhea, nausea, anxiety, headaches, joint pain, restlessness, fatigue, dizziness and nightmares. I have also gained about 5 lbs. The side effects are horrible and I am considering taking myself off of this drug. My Dr. prescribed some nausea medicine and it has helped, but there is nothing I can do about the other issues. I was taking it at bedtime, which is very late since I also have trouble getting to sleep, but I did read on here to take in the morning with a meal and that may help avoid the nightmares. I do feel that the drug worked for my depression which is why I have been suffering through everything and have remained on it. It is just so debilitating to your physical well being. I've been on other drugs such as Lexapro, Wellbutrin,etc. and they all seem to help with depression, but not this many side affects. My Dr.
really pushed the Viibryd so that's how I ended up on it. Today I have been sick to my stomach all day, and no matter what I tried to eat, I still felt sick as well as hungry. In addition, I had my worst nightmare to date where I couldn't even call out and felt like I was completely paralyzed. I have reached the end of this drug for me, it's way too harsh. I'm starting a new job soon after being unemployed for a while, so I need to be focused and feel well. If this drug works for you and without a lot of side effects, I would stay on it. If not, talk to your Dr. about another alternative. Good luck to all!
13 Mar 2013
I am completely done with Viibryd. I started it back in November of 2011 and it worked great for my depression when nothing else did but the side effects (weight gain, bloating, diarrhea, nightmares, brain zaps and sleep paralysis, heart skipping a beat,\) were bad. My dr had me take it at 30mg which helped with some side effects but still had a lot of them. In December of 2012 I decided to get off the med to try something that didn't have as many horrible side effects. I only tried the new med for two weeks (I was expecting miracles) and decided to go back on Viibryd since it worked. I was on Viibryd again for over a month now and even went back to the 30mg to keep side effects at bay. For some reason Viibryd isn't helping my depression at all this time around. The side effects have been bad and most of all the sleep paralysis. I'm done with it. It's not helping me now and the side effects are way too bad.
The worst is the sleep paralysis which is beyond scary and no one should have to deal with that. Talked to my dr today and I'm tapering off. I wish I could just get off of it now. I don't understand why it worked before and not now but it's no longer worth it. The side effects of this med is just plain hell!
13 Aug 2013
I just came across this looking for info on viibryd! I am having the exact same issues! Only 2 months of taking it & I'm having rapid weight gain, restless leg, reduced sexual desire & the dreams! Oh my goodness, they are horrible! I sobbed all night long once while sleeping. That is why I stopped it today. It was so great at first, I wish they could find a way to cut down on the side affects!
4 Oct 2012
This medication has been a nightmare for me. I was having hallucinations and sleep paralysis. My depression worsened and my anxiety was uncontrollable. I also experienced terrifying brain zaps. I was having suicidal thoughts and thank God I found a website describing the same symptoms from other people. I have since discontinued this a couple of days ago and have felt relief for the first time. My brain felt like it was in a fog. This stuff was like mental torture for me.
25 Jan 2013
I have been on viibryd for 6 months- currently at 30mg dose and while I do feel better I have gained 21 pounds. . . which makes me feel worse. I have maintained my weight for over 4 years and while I have not been working out as much 21lbs seems excessive.
I have researched and found that while clinical studies do not support weight GAIN while on this medication, there are real people in forums who say they have gained weight with cravings for sweets. I could live off of sweets which is strange as I would always pass up sweets for something savory. I am so confused by the mixed messages but glad there are others out there who have experienced the same side effects.
I am scared my Doctor will dismiss my concerns and tell me the weight gain is caused from something else.
26 Nov 2012
I've been on Viibryd now for 3 weeks and the reason I'm on here looking up side effects is because I'm starving all the time. I'm so hungry that if I try to drink a glass of water knowing I ate a short time ago the hunger gets worse. So I've been eating. I've been trying not to over eat, since I'm at a good weight and never really been over weight, but never been rail thin either. However, as a women and at 32 I don't want to gain weight. So tonight I ate at around 7 and at 11 I went to bed thinking I'm hungry but I'm more tired than anything. As the time progressed, I experienced hunger pain like I never did before. My stomach was grawling, the pain finally became so bad that I was in a ball. So I went and ate something again and almost immediately everything stopped. So I fear I will now gain weight too. As far as the other side effects, I've experienced none. This medicine has saved me from a complete nervous breakdown.
I was severly depressed, having panic attacks even in my sleep to wake up in one, and I was so nervous my hands would shake all the time. All of that resolved after 3 weeks, I'm not irritable or nasty anymore, I have my sense of humor back and I'm laughing and going out more now. So I believe I will not be stopping this medication maybe reducing it, but definately changing the way I eat. If I'm going to be eating more, it just sucks to have bad stomach spasms like that.
7 Aug 2012
I have lost 40 pounds, so weight gain Iis not a given. Studies show 3-5% gain weight, but 6-9% get anorexia. I don't have that as my weight loss has been purposeful and planned.
You ought look at other factors or you may be in the 3-5%. Vibryd works for me so I won't be changing any time soon. I have been on it for almost a year and I can say that it is saving my life. Of course, your results may vary.
14 Mar 2013
I'm so happy to have stumbled upon this forum. I have been on Viibryd for almost nine months. The drug has been phenomenal in terms of treating my depression, but the side effects are brutal. I have experienced weight gain, brain zaps, nightmares, gastrointestinal issues, and joint pain. I knew the drug was causing the weight gain, brain zaps, and nightmares, but it wasn't until I was referred to a GI doctor for possible GERD symptoms that the connection was made with the Viibryd. That happened today after I had an EGD and the doctor asked me about the medications I was taking. Everything came together for me, and I started doing more research on Viibryd. I also have a mixed connective tissue disease, which was diagnosed 11 years ago. For me, it means horrible joint pain. Around Christmas, my regular pain doubled, and my rheumatologist put me on Mobic to counteract what was happening. The Mobic, pain killers, and muscle relaxers can't make a dent in my pain level.
To sum it up, I haven't slept well for 3-4 months, I've gained 15 pounds, I've developed severe GI issues, and my connective tissue pain is through the roof. It's like I had a lightbulb moment tonight... the Viibryd is making me sicker. I am going to see my GP later this week to discuss a plan to quit taking the drug. I admit I am very nervous about weaning off the medication because I have horrible brain zaps when I am even 30 minutes off of my regular dose time. I am curious how others have managed the withdrawal symptoms. Anyone?
- Viibryd Information for Consumers
- Viibryd Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Viibryd (detailed)
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