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Viibryd (vilazodone) for Depression: I have been on this medicine at varying doses. I'm taking 30 mg now. I've suffered bouts of depression and anxiety for many years. When I started this medicine I did the starter pack and thought it was great until day 4 of the 40mg. Had hallucinations while driving and luckily I was close to home. Passed out at home and had vivid dreams in a semiconscious state for about 7 hours, Called doctor and he said drop back down to 20. I have made a couple of attempts to move the dose up as it doesn't seem to be enough at 20. I've been hospitalized once with serotonin syndrome on day 21 of the 40mg. Brain zaps are the worst! Heat on top of my head is bad. Miss a dose even by a couple hours and anger and crying BAD. I am not happy with it now and plan to get off it.
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Viibryd (vilazodone) for Depression: I have never been so upset/embarrassed with outbursts of anger. The day before I was screaming at my daughter at a water park as well as my poor son in the airport. I can't believe my aggressive behavior. I'm getting off of this.
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Viibryd (vilazodone) for Depression: I have been on Viibryd for 3 months. My mood has improved a lot. I have decided to try something else, though, because of the weight gain and acne. Also, I have had debilitating pain in all my joints. The doctors say it wouldn't be the meds causing it; they should be helping if anything, but I figured I should mention it in case others have had a similar experience. I will say, that I would be willing to go back on it, if the side effects don't improve with different meds.
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Viibryd (vilazodone) for Depression: After being diagnosed with severe, chronic and acute depression, anxiety and seasonal affective disorder in February 2001, my therapist referred me to a psychiatrist for medicine management. Was given starter pack September 2011. I've been on 40mg for 1 and 1/2 years, during my weekly therapy sessions, my therapist says I give 90% eye contact, whereas with previous medicines I gave eye contact infrequently. I also take Effexor 225mg, Zoloft 200mg and 9mg Ativan [2mg A.M.; 4mg 12:00pm; 3mg evenings], Ambien 10mg.
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Review by Happy to be well (taken for 1 to 2 years):
Viibryd (vilazodone) for Depression: I have had depression from age 12 and am now 40. I have used all SSRI's, Welbutrin, Effexor, etc., but would have to quit each one due to various side effects. Buspar & Xanax helped but weren't strong enough. I was fed up! So I quit all depression medicines for 3yrs (not advisable!). I became more depressed than I had ever been in my life. I went back to a doctor and he put me on Viibryd. I was sceptical! But he explained how it was different. So I tried it. I used the gradual dose increase and I had bad nausea but it did eventually pass as long as I took it with a high protein breakfast. That was my only side effect. I have been on it for over a year and have never felt this well! I do get withdrawal symptoms if I miss a dose but to me it's still worth it!
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Viibryd (vilazodone) for Depression: Before taking Viibryd was on Lexapro for a year. I experienced severe withdrawals while transitioning medication. Electric jolts..severe headaches..extreme anxiety..extreme aggression..paranoia then once the viibryd started working everything stopped I feel good 40mg works best for me. I am bi polar, this drug has helped a great deal with severe mood swings. I hope it continues to work for me.
Viibryd (vilazodone) for Depression: Started out on 40mg, and it over stabilized me making me more manic (I have Bipolar Disorder Type 1) but after a few weeks of bringing me down off of the 40mg, we decided to stay at 10mg because it was most helpful. Since then I dont feel anywhere near the same level of depression that I had before Viibryd
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Viibryd (vilazodone) for Depression: My doc and I have been playing around with different medications for my depression. I have tried the normal like Prozac, Cymbalta, Effexor, and another one that I can't remember. Both my normal doctor and psychiatrist both say that I am not even allowed to try Wellbutrin due to my history of epilepsy when I was a child. NOTHING has worked until now. My son has been dealing with medical issues that had put me into this deep depression and his recent passing kind of pushed me even further. I was given the starter pack and the side effects haven't been that bad, a little gastrointestinal upset but that resolves quickly. I am about to start my 40mg tomorrow. The only thing is do NOT miss a dose even by a few hours. You will feel the withdrawal symptoms.
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Viibryd (vilazodone) for Depression: 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.
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Review by crystallight (taken for less than 1 month):
Viibryd (vilazodone) for Depression: 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.
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Viibryd (vilazodone) for Depression: 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.
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Viibryd (vilazodone) for Depression: 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!
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Viibryd (vilazodone) for Depression: 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.
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Viibryd (vilazodone) for Depression: 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!
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Viibryd (vilazodone) for Depression: 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.
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Viibryd (vilazodone) for Depression: 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!
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Viibryd (vilazodone) for Depression: 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.
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Viibryd (vilazodone) for Depression: 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.
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Viibryd (vilazodone) for Depression: 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.
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Viibryd (vilazodone) for Depression: 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.
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Viibryd (vilazodone): I have been on Vibryd for almost a year now. Right after it was approved. I had minor issues for the first couple of weeks. But it works great for anxiety issues. I would fly off the handle for the smallest things and Viibryd totally takes that away. My granddaughter isn't worried about going out shopping or eating with me. Seriously, it was horrible. I'm sure it is menopause related but I couldn't control it. VIIBRYD did. Only drawback is memory issues. It did state that in the brochures, but I just have to concentrate that much harder. Best of luck to everyone.
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Review by Crazy me (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
Viibryd (vilazodone) for Depression: 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.
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Viibryd (vilazodone) for Depression: I noticed on day 4 that I became calmer, and my attitude is totally positive now, nothing bothers me, and at work, on IT helpdesk, the employees who call in ask what I have been smoking because I'm so nice. I'm sure this is a good thing, but I feel a little goofy sometimes, like my brain won't work, and I fell in front of the office the other day but I wasn't dizzy. I caught the toe of my shoe in a crack of the sidewalk and went down before I even knew I was falling. I fell hard. I have sexual side effects and can't climax anymore but I don't miss it cause my desire has been taken away as well. On the whole, I like it. Buspar made me sleepy and I want to lose the Anxiety without any sleepiness, so this works.
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