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Reviews for Viibryd to treat Depression
Review by costantk:
Got up to 40 grams of Viibryd, and finally started to feel good! (Been on many anti-depressants over the past 35 years). Last week I had the worst, scariest breakdown, almost uncontrollable anger, sobbing, insomnia and extreme fatigue, body aches and my nerve pain was off the chart. Today my doctor reduced Viibryd to 20, hoping that will stabilize me, along with my Buspar and Xanax. Now let's see what this week brings. Oh, I also have Multiple Sclerosis, diabetes, heart issues & arthritis.
Review by crystallight (taken for less than 1 month):
I've been on Viibryd 20mg for about 2 weeks. The side effects were rough at first, to the point I wanted to quit. There's no major markers to show that my depression is lifted, but I'm not sad all the time anymore. The big change for me, is not that I have extra energy, but I don't feel like I'm being weighed down. I have patience with my 2 yr old. If the effects peak at 8 weeks, I can't wait. I'm very happy.
Just finished starter pack of Viibryd. This medicine was great from the very beginning. Had a little GI upset at the start of 40mg. The best medicine I have taken for depression, it has given me a much better outlook on life. Told my DR yesterday, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. Viibryd is awesome.
The reason for the 7 is because I just started taking this medication and am getting ready to take my first 20mg pill in the starter pack I got from the doctor. I took the weeks worth of 10mg and so far the only side effect I've had is bad night sweats. I noticed a difference almost right away in taking this medication. Things didn't seem so bleak, I stopped crying and started laughing and smiling again. I have a LOT of energy, and feel like doing things again. I am hopeful, starting the 20mg doesn't give me too many more side effects because as of right now I am SO glad I started taking this because it has literally given me my life back. I've tried Celexa and all that did was make me a zombie so this is GREAT!
I began taking this because Lexapro gave me weird bladder spasms and Prozac kind of zombied me out. Viibryd has been great from the very start. No side effects or discomfort, not weight gain, and sex is better (however my menopausal age is a factor in less or no desire sometimes). The only thing I notice is - I sometimes am not paying attention and not sure if I have taken it. So when that happens and I must wait a whole day before the next dosage - my mood can plummet fast! I also find that I will become really angry easily! Oh yes, occasional bad dreams - so keep a daily schedule and follow it.
My new doctor put me on Viibryd to help with my severe depression and anxiety 4 months ago. My previous doctor had tried many medications such as Lexapro, Celexa, and Cymbalta...and to be quite frank every one of them was horrible! I gained 60lbs between them over a year, which only deepened my depression. I felt like I was insane with those medications and hated myself and everyone around me even more and began to feel like people were "out to get me". All the while on those medications I had to take Ativan and Valium for my severe anxiety. Since I've been on Viibryd I feel like a new person! I did not gain any weight and Viibryd helps control my anxiety without the need for other medications! It's expensive but worth every penny!
26 users found this comment helpful.
This medication has worked wonders for me. After reading the side effect reviews from others, I was worried. However, I made sure I ate a good protein breakfast with the medicine. I used the starter pack which ramps up the dosage slowly. I only had minor side effects and those lasted just a few days.
I feel so much better now and am so glad I decided to take a chance with Viibryd. The biggest plus is no weight gain, which is common with other medicines for this condition.
18 users found this comment helpful.
I've been on Viibryd 20mg for 18 months. My doctor suggested staying at 20mg at my follow up appointments because that dose currently works for my depression and mood changes. I still have to take it with a snack due to mild nausea. I don't like the abdominal distention (especially with PMS). I recently noticed memory problems and mixing up my words. Despite all that, I'm not going to stop Viibryd because I was an emotional mess 18 months ago. Celexa and "other" meds left me dull and in a haze. Now, I can cope better and feel more like me!
32 users found this comment helpful.
Viibryd has lifted me out of the depths and has helped me put meaning back into my life. It's not a miracle, however, it does lift the burden of depression to a point where I am capable of utilizing skills and coping strategies effectively. It's expensive and it's very very new. I experienced very mild side effects at the beginning of treatment such as mild nausea and migraine in addition to panic attacks that eventually went away (thankfully) but these symptoms dissipated within two days of each initial titration. I'm currently at 40mg and I'm feeling great. I'm one of the lucky ones I suppose as I have not had to try too many medications.
26 users found this comment helpful.
I have been on Viibryd for longer than 2 years. I had mild gastrointestinal upset in the beginning but as long as I ate something with it I was fine. GI upset only lasted a short time. It took the depression away and made me feel better. The only bad part is when you miss a dose by a couple of hours you feel awful, dizziness, foggy, headache, sleepy. Also, if you are bipolar it sends you into a super high, super moody, agitated, over stimulated. Dr. put me on bipolar medicines in addition to Viibryd, and have never felt more normal. I highly recommend.
17 users found this comment helpful.
40 mg only effective for about five months and had to go up to 60mg to regain desired effect. Hope this continues to work as so many of the antidepressants stop being effective after several months. Have been going through this for 20 years.
My doctor, gave me a sample packet with the the 10,20 and 40 mg. for my anxiety and depression. Overall I like it, my anxiety has gone away and depression is lessen! I recommend you take it with a full stomach because it can cause dizziness. I like the 20 mg better 40mg was to strong! But I did notice some side effects, a lot of unexplained bruising and hair loss, decided to stop it but the withdrawals are scary but do go away, overall does help with depression and anxiety! Only reason I stop was because of bruising and hair loss was bugging me.
18 users found this comment helpful.
Review by Crazy me (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
The first 3 months on Viibryd was great, was on 20 mg. Had a lot of energy and felt like my old self again, then I took a turn downward. So they up the medicine to 40 mg and I had the worst side effects possible. Heart pounding and palpitations, panic attacks, bad diarrhea, sleep deprived, crying, shaking, loss of appetite, bad nightmares, so they took me down to 20mg but added Buspar. I have been on other antidepressants and never ever had such bad side effects... I still have diarrhea and nervousness.
14 users found this comment helpful.
I have MDD. I have been on several antidepressants over the past 13 years.
Been using Viibryd 40mg for about 9 months. The first 2 weeks were hell but my doctor assured me it would get better and it did. My only major complaint: When I miss a dose I FEEL IT. I get dizzy, blurred vision and a severe headache. I mean miss a dose by several hours, not a day or two! I previously stepped down off of Zoloft because of the same issues but I set a reminder on my cell phone to take my meds at 8:30am and I keep a few pills in my car and my purse just in case I have not eaten by 8:30am.
33 users found this comment helpful.
I have had very good results with Viibryd except that I think my memory is getting worse since I started this medicine. I haven't seen that mentioned anywhere as a side effect, and it may just be that I am getting older. I used to have a GREAT memory, what I called my best asset and worst fault at the same time, and I speak five languages, which is kind of a special class for an American.
41 users found this comment helpful.
Review by 50 and not liking it (taken for 1 to 6 months):
I have been off and on antidepressants the last 10 years and Wellbutrin did a great job after my son died. But I had terrible eye twitches and then bounced around to all the usual medicine. Viibyrd is amazing. I had some diarrhea issues, no restless legs or weird dreams but with the OxyContin and hydrocodone I don't ever have issues sleeping really. And Xanax for my anxiety I feel really sharp again focused on life not worried about what I can and can't do since my spinal injury. Life's good! Oh and the sex has been amazing! I would recommend this to anyone.
59 users found this comment helpful.
After taking Viibryd for almost three months I can say that I feel better, my depression isn't as bad. It is a little better, but I feel like it could be even better. I don't know if I should talk to my doctor about it. I take 40 mg a day which I believe is the highest recommended dose. I have chronic pain (and surgery) issues and I am scared of taking a supplementary medication because of side effects. I can say that I have experienced NO side effects. I take mine in the morning and am perfectly able to take it with or without food. Viibryd has definitely helped me, but I think I need some more help.
38 users found this comment helpful.
I had to taper off my Lexapro while starting this. I did a wk of the 10 mg during that and now I'm on my 2nd wk of 20mg. I'm not having any side effects like others have mentioned, but I'm not seeing any benefit yet either. I just spent 3 hrs yesterday crying, and then alternated that with being angry about everything (torn window screen, broken handle, garage motor quitting-everything was crap!), then I'd sob again. I hope this picks up soon, as does my family! However, I'm also 46 and wonder if some of this is pre-menopause??? Maybe I need to call my Dr. and have the dosage increased now? Otherwise, I see him again in 5 wks. I just don't know, but my Dr has high hopes and praise for this medicine.
27 users found this comment helpful.
I have been on this medicine for over a year. Works very well for depression. The last few months the side effects are getting bad. The brain and body zaps are getting to the point were you don't want to go to sleep. You feel like you are awake but cant move or talk.
47 users found this comment helpful.
Suffering from debilitating depression and anxiety for many years I've tried many meds that have very little effect and made me feel just emotionally numb. I tried Viibryd. My life has changed. The restless legs was definitely uncomfortable. But after being on it almost 2 years I only take 10mg every other day since it has had time to clear my head so I'm able to learn some life coping skills. Love me some Viibryd!
43 users found this comment helpful.
I was put on this medication one month after it's FDA approval for Major Depressive Disorder. I was told it would probably take up to 3 weeks for a noticeable difference in my mood and behavior, but I noticed a difference on day 2. I felt like I was able to have emotions and feelings again. I was not as irritable or angry, and I felt like I had more energy and confidence. When I stepped up the doses I had the GI side effects, but those have been resolved when My body adapted. I still get restless legs occasionally at night, and when I forget to take my medicine I get really itchy, irritable, and hazy. But the good outweighs the bad. I feel great! Try it!
74 users found this comment helpful.
Review by LovingitRN (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
I've tried Prozac, Zoloft, Celexa and none of them worked well. They would work maybe a month and the depression crept back into my life. I started taking Viibryd and the recommendation of a doctor and trusted friend and my life has changed dramatically for the better. I don't have the wiped out feeling and my sex drive has stayed the same. This medicine has been a God send for me. I had to fight to get my insurance to cover it but it has so been worth it.
70 users found this comment helpful.
I've been in chronic pain with chronic fatigue for 30 plus years: fibromyalgia and CFS. This caused many years of depression. Took other SSRI's over the years but was always teetering on the side of depression. Cymbalta did nothing for me except weight gain. My Dr. gave me a trial pack of Viibryd. When I started the 40 mg, I experienced severe GI upsets....heartburn, growls & grumbling, gas, & nasty taste on my tongue. I also had vividly violent dreams as soon as I fell asleep. I reported these complaints to my Dr. and he lowered my dosage to 20 mg. I still have a little gas and a violent dream every once in a while, but my depression & energy is so much better. I feel like "me" again. I definitely recom-
mend giving Viibryd a try.
58 users found this comment helpful.
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