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Review by katiemsl:

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9.0

For Depression: I have been on multiple antidepressants for 15 years, most recently Lexapro for 5 years and Abilify for 9 months. The Abilify made me gain 15 lbs. and I've been flat on the Lexapro, like it's not working as well as it used to. My doctor prescribed me Viibryd after taking a genetic test to understand which antidepressant will work best for me. I started on 10mg for 7 days, and I'm on my 5th out of 7 days on the 20mgs. So far my side effects have been minimal; a little diarrhea, some dizziness, kind of a "stuffy head" feeling. As long as I eat before taking it I feel okay. My mood has been much better and I'm not as tired as I was on Lexapro. So far so good!

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August 25, 2013 9:14 PM

Review by Blarney (taken for less than 1 month):

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7.0

For Depression: I was on Effexor which worked great until I went up to 150mgs and I got severe night sweats and dipped into a deep depression. My Dr. switched me to Viibryd, I was skeptical not ever hearing the name. I am almost finished with the starter pack as I am tapering off of Effexor. Everything is going great, my mood feels very stable and I don't have severe moments of hopelessness. However, since starting the 40mg dose, I have had severe insomnia and if I fall asleep I can't stay asleep for more than an hour or two. I'll be calling my doctor and hopefully going back down to 20mg. My only fear is that while I was taking 20mg of Viibryd, I was still taking a low dose of Effexor and now that I'm not, I'm afraid I won't have the same results on 20 mg.

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August 20, 2013 7:41 AM

Review by RonMan (taken for 2 to 5 years):

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10

For Depression: Very literally saved my life. My team of doctors, of course, made the rest of the difference.

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August 19, 2013 3:01 PM

Review by shiver me timbers (taken for less than 1 month):

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8.0

For Depression: Only been on Viibryd for 7 days. Starting 20 mg in morning. Was in a car wreck and was having a moody time. Everything seems good. Lots of bloating and gas. Hope this goes away.

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August 16, 2013 10:35 PM

Review by Ryans599 (taken for 6 months to 1 year):

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10

For Depression: What's dangerous about reading reviews online is that people are much more inclined to go online and scream about an medicine when it doesn't work for them while those who it works for blissfully embrace its effects and don't feel the need to go online and write a glowing review. For the past 8 months I've increasingly found myself experiencing the latter and I have to say that Viibryd has changed my life. I had tried numerous other SSRI's that all left me feeling like a zombie. I had wanted to go on one that had less chance of sexual side effects so before this I tried Luvox was awful. Viibryd has nearly eliminated my social and general anxiety with positive sexual side effects. I highly recommend it to anyone.

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August 15, 2013 12:15 PM

Review by blaney (taken for 6 months to 1 year):

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9.0

For Depression: I'm a 29 yr old mother of 3. 2 are twin toddlers. I dealt with anger since my teenage yrs. Yelling, tantrums, uncontrollable anger. Many times there would be no reason or very minor ones. Even as an adult I would sit in my closet and tear my clothes down and scream until I felt better. Trying to hide this unhealthy release of anger. Finally I got to where I would stay at home. My doctor diagnosed me with depression. I didn't believe her but took her advise. We started the beginners pack. 10mg/7days, 20mg/7days then onto 40mg. The first couple of days of each new mg comes with some nausea. EAT WELL! 6 Months later and I am so happy. No more yelling at kids/hubby. Saved my marriage. DO NOT MISS A DOSE EVEN BY AN HOUR. YOU WILL BECOME A MONSTER.

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August 13, 2013 10:19 PM

Review by Cuzco:

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5.0

For Depression: It was good at first I was taking 40 mg for about 18 weeks and then I got really agitated, angry, violent and hated everything. Overall it is okay for short term.

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August 13, 2013 8:45 PM

Review by kwerk (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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6.0

For Depression: Was on this medication for 5-6 weeks. Titrated up to 40mg, but this made my anxiety so bad (mostly physiological), that I went back down to 30mg. Was only on 40mg for a few days. Got my first brain zap, and accompanying psychosis with full blown auditory hallucinations. That's when I knew it was time to quit. Viibryd isn't as bad at inhibiting sexual desire as other SSRIs, but it STILL does! For anxiety, this medication wasn't helpful- but I did notice myself in a more positive and upbeat mood (for what that's worth). After spending a total of 4-5 hours researching this drug, and hearing about what it's like if you forget to take your dose (even if you're an hour off)- I was scared straight. Weaned myself off FAST (5mg reduction per night).

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July 31, 2013 8:52 PM

Review by nkd1959 (taken for less than 1 month):

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6.0

For Depression: I'm on the second week and I do not feel as sad and anxious. Upset stomach for a couple of days but is wasn't too bad. I was diagnosed with being homozygous for the 1298C MTHFR mutation. Anyone dealing with depression should be tested. The problem with having this mutation is you have a problem with methylation so you can't make enough dopamine and seratonin. Also you have a problem with norepinephrine and which causes anxiety. Defects on the 677 /MTHFR gene can cause bipolar and schizophrenia. To help with methylation need to take Methyl B12 and folate (not folic acid)... people with these defects can't process folic acid. That is why Dr.'s add Deplin to prescribed medicines.

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July 30, 2013 1:21 PM

Review by ckiurz:

For Depression: Very notable lower abdominal distention. Extreme sleepiness. Diarrhea.

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July 18, 2013 5:28 PM

Review by TriedItandNothanks:

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7.0

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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July 18, 2013 5:01 AM

Review by michelle d.:

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3.0

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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July 12, 2013 6:21 AM

Review by Kat109 (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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6.0

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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July 9, 2013 5:46 PM

Review by KimmerBmer:

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10

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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July 9, 2013 10:28 AM

Review by Happy to be well (taken for 1 to 2 years):

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10

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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July 5, 2013 11:29 AM

Review by XxxTTxxX:

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8.0

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.

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July 4, 2013 12:57 AM

Review by Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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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June 30, 2013 12:28 PM

Review by Angel mom to Ro:

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8.0

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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June 29, 2013 12:10 AM

Review by costantk:

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7.0

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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June 17, 2013 3:06 PM

Review by crystallight (taken for less than 1 month):

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9.0

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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June 17, 2013 9:32 AM

Review by Dave in IL (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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10

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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June 15, 2013 7:33 AM

Review by Leayre (taken for less than 1 month):

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7.0

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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June 13, 2013 8:25 PM

Review by screw off:

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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June 7, 2013 7:58 AM

Review by Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year):

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10

For Depression: Only medication that works for me along with Buspar. I have been suicidal, etc. before being put on Viibryd.

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May 31, 2013 4:48 PM

Review by Hannah61206:

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10

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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