It's only happened twice. I'm afraid to jinx this by saying anything, but I feel I have just walked into heaven when I got on Viibryd. To be on an anti-depressant AND get to keep my sex drive AND actually be able to achieve orgasm MORE frequently and easily than before? I hope nothing goes wrong with this drug, as I hope to be friends for life with Viibryd. I'm looking into buying stock in this company.
Anyone else having really scary nightmares with Viibryd?
Question posted by ChrisDDD on 12 Sep 2011
Last updated on 12 June 2018
Thank you everyone for your questions and responses. I have been on Viibryd for about 6 years and I still have vivid, almost real, very bad dreams. The reason I am on line now is because I just had them again the last few nights. I just had one where my sport coat and shirt that I was wearing were ruined. Another one was driving a bus and getting into accidents until very little was left of the bus. I have had many recurring dreams about not being at work when I was supposed to. I can't tell you how many bad dreams that I have had over the last 6 years since starting Viibryd. Note: I take no other medications, so it is only the Viibryd that is causing this. I noticed also that I would often have these horrible dreams on Friday nights. On Fridays, I might have 1-2 beers. I wonder if alcohol contributes to it. Others have mentioned wine, and it seems that a glass of wine may contribute to my dreams as well.
I have started to chart my food, because it seemed to me that maybe sweets and, in particular chocolate, can contribute to this. I stopped chocolate about a month ago, but I still have the dreams. Also, I try my best to avoid ice cream because I have had the worst kind of dreams after having eaten ice cream. Other than the dreams, Viibryd has been a great medication for me- both for depression and OCD. It has been great. I only wish that I never had to go to sleep!
I just started on 20 mg and lately have been having some wild and crazy dreams but some have been sexual in nature as well. Every night I start dreaming about something calm such as going back to school then it ends up to where it gets crazier to the point that I wake myself up wondering if it were real or not! One dream I witnessed a car exploding and it seemed so real I woke up in tears. But though most of them are of the first type I mentioned and they seem so lifelike that I wake wondering if I'm still dreaming. But it helps me sleep and keeps me calm so unless its gets to bad. I may wait a few more weeks since I just started this week but the dreams seem to be getting crazier and crazier
Viibryd is the most effective anti-depressant I've ever been prescribed and I've tried paxil, zoloft, prozac, elavil, buproprien and effexor. For me, It also has an anti-anxietant property which has been most beneficial. So yes, I think Viibryd has the potential for very long term efficacy. I have been on it continuously now for 4 years. My goal, however, is to titrate down to a daily dose of 30 mg and eventually even 20 mg if possible. But quite frankly, at this point I don't see myself being completely off of it. If I could give you any advice it would be to take no more than is needed. When I began taking it the only authorized daily dose was 40 mg which I went to even though I felt 30 mg was quite adequate Now, it's been determined that 20 mg. can also be an effective dose. Easy to go up, more difficult to go down in doseage even in 10 mg increments. Best of luck to you
I have been on Viibryd for a little over a year. It has been an amazing game changer. I have tried Prozac, Zoloft, Buspar, and Lexapro, and they all made my symptoms much worse. After genetic testing and Viibryd being revealed as a good choice, I began using it at a tiny dose (due to fear). About two months in, with gradual increases along the way, I could feel the physical symptoms lifting. I was overjoyed. The ONLY issue I had was the nightmares. They were, as others have described, like nothing I have ever experienced. Simply changing to taking it in the morning made all the difference. I don’t think I have ever felt so well in my entire life.
I started taking this medication 2 weeks ago. Only 2 weeks! Started 10mg the first week and 20 the second week. It's 3:45 AM and I'm afraid to fall back asleep. I started taking this for anxiety, and at first it helped, but these dreams are making it not worth it at all. Last night I drove myself to the ER because I was on the verge of a panic attack after being unable to fall asleep due to my body jolting just before I went to sleep. It happened over and over. Not sure if I actually fell asleep. They gave me something to help me sleep and that worked. But the next day I was still tired so I decided to take a nap. I had the CRAZIEST dream. I really thought it was happening to me, and in my dream, I knew everything that was about to happen, like a life of deja vu. It freaked me out. I didn't take my usual dose before bed because I no longer want to take this anymore. The dream I had right before waking up and writing this was SO VIVID.
It honestly felt like a crazy acid trip. For a person with anxiety, this is NOT GOOD! I have now mostly calmed down, and my heart rate is back to normal. But I am so scared to go back to sleep.
I have been on the 40 MG for about 3 weeks now. During week 2 I did end up having some really strange dreams accompanied by panic attacks and severe headaches that dibilitated me for the first 3 hours but I only noticed it after I missed a dosage and didn't take it again the next day and after a night of tequila and taking the viibryd. I have high hopes going forward but I guess we'll see.
This drug dehydrated me, made me feel sick to my stomach, gave me headaches and just masked the suicidal feelings I was feeling, and which came back within 2 days of going off it. As for dreams, it interfered with my ability to dream, and didn't allow me much sleep anyway. If it truly helps anyone else, Good for them, but it didn't help me at all.
I take Viibryd at night a few hours before I go to bed. I've been taking it for about two months now. I just woke up after series of vivid dreams/nightmares. The last one being my wife trying to kill me. Needless to say I'm a little apprehensive about going back to sleep. I like this medicine but if these nightmares are not temporary I think I'll be trying something else.
hey. I switched from lexapro to viibryd due to the sexual side effects. I think it's helped however occasionally I get bazaar and vivid dreams often more twisted than not. If I am ever over tired, instead of becoming loopy like I once was, I become paranoid, anxious, and dizzy. the dizzy spells come and go and I can't put my finger on the trigger of them. also night sweats and my skin feels warm to the touch and itchy. I didn't think that was related until today. none of these sidee effects are constant enough for me to switch meds. hope that's helped
I've been taking Viibryd for almost a year. I didn't like the side effects of Zoloft, Lexapro, Effexor, etc. (sexual side effects and weight gain)
I had awful nightmares and brain zaps , night time only, in the beginning. The nightmares were very similar to what I've been reading in this thread. I recall the robed demons, no joke! My solution? Instead of the afternoon or evening, I take Viibryd first thing in the morning. Problem solved. Haven't had a nightmare or brain zap I over six months. Take it in the morning people!!!
Absolutely. In fact, the "brain zaps" (feels like an electrical shock in the brain) and night terrors have all lead to my decision to stop taking this medication. When I first started Viibryd 9 months ago, I had a few brain zaps in the beginning, some nausea from time to time, restless legs, etc. Just recently, however, I have had more frequent zaps followed by terrifying dreams.
The experience is always the same. I feel myself beginning to fall asleep, there is a terrifying sense of dread and I begin to feel that my entire body is paralyzed. I try to cry out and to wake up but am unable to move or make a sound. The experience is so real that I have to convince myself each and every time that I was "just dreaming". I have also had nightmares within nightmares.
According to my physician's instructions, I have begun lowering my dose from 40 to 30mg. It was this recent decrease to 30 that initiated the latest set of night terrors. I must have had 5 to 6 separate brain zaps within a half hour followed by at least 4 nightmares within a single night. I woke up exhausted the following morning and was covered in sweat. Apparently I was having many more terrible dreams- at least these I couldn't remember.
I will continue to lower my Viibryd dose weekly by 10mg until I am off the drug altogether. If you are having vivid dreams and night terrors, I hope my experience and that of countless others on this site encourage you. You're not going nuts- it's the Viibryd!
Best of luck to all.
Yes! About awesome orgasms, i love it! However, many times when I forget to take my viibrid nightmares do come! It's only when I have awoken that I realize I forgot to take the pill. I take the 40 mg.
I've noticed that if I haven't taken my Viibryd that I will have weird dreams where I'm sleeping and dreaming but somehow I know I'm dreaming. It's weird. Also in the dream, I'm always trying to wake up but I can't. I can't open my eyes or move my body. I will scream for help but no sound will come out. It really freaks me out when that happens, but fortunately it only happens if I forgot to take the Viibryd.
Also, I've noticed that I'm not sleeping as well. I can usually fall asleep fine, but I'm waking up more frequently during the night. I can't sleep straight through the night anymore. I feel like I'm asleep but not in a "deep sleep" anymore. I used to be a very heavy sleeper. I do also take medicine for my thyroid, but I don't think the freaky dreaming is coming from anything to do with that.
This is my second week of 40mg, it is horrid for me. My biggest concerns are the ringing in my ears and the night terrors.
The ringing, if I'm tired, becomes so intense that I feel like I'm being shocked and jolted in my head. I would compare it to a bomb going off.
This morning I am awake because the dreams were beyond normal. I don't recall what woke me up, but I wasn't sure I woke at all. I kept talking to myself trying to ease myself back to sleep but the, "ear ringing jolts" kept interfering. My last attempt, I believe I lost contact with my body and was rushing thru the universe in a violent kinda way.
So here I am now... Reading your posts and trying to convince myself I wasn't just abducted.
Hi Forum Friends,
I previously commented on this topic when I was new to the Forum, not understanding that a Comment was different than an Answer. I guess by looking up my name or reading the Comments you could find my really long winded comment, written when I was in the midst of this scary problem.
I initially comented when I was in the grip of what I now know are not just nightmares, but SLEEP PARALYSIS, an entirely different matter. One is unable to cry out or move during these episodes and it is indeed quite terrifying. Typically, as mine did, they involve demons, or other dark, morbid scary situations. The worst of mine was like something out of Rosemary's Baby. Chanting, black robed démons with pointed hoods tormented me.
Unfirtunately, I began my Viibryd therapy before a two month trip to Europe, which is key here. I had just commenced the full dose, and was not vigilant about timing my dosage due to 16 hrs of travel and jet lag. I paid a huge price for being careless with it and was ready to quit.
Fortunately, I hung in there. I was able to cope after researching my situation. I learned two things that made all the difference (i) Timing of dosage is of high criticality. I take mine ONLY in the morning, (and with food, to avoid nausea, which has also improved.) If I miss the AM dose, it's risky. If I take it LATE in the day there is a very good chance sleep paralysis will result. Likewuse, if I DON'T take it at all that day, I'm likely to have the same terrifying experience. I beleive it's related to how long this drug remains in the system. (ii) The more important point is this-calm yourself during the nightmare. I read that it can be done and was very effective for me. In that we "know" we are dreaming, it is possible to think soothing, comforting thoughts and reassure ourselves that it's "only a dream." It is also effective to SLOW your breathing, as I was escalating to the point of hyperventilating, thrashing, crying real tears, all of which was witnessed by my husband. I was finally successful in waking myself if I slowed my respiration, and "talked" myself down. I was able to move and awaken. From the first time I used these techniques, I was freed. If I did have dreams that were vivid and scary, I was no longer trapped in the terrifying SLEEP PARALYSIS.
Now some 6 months later, I still worry that I'm taking something so powerful, but I did hang in there at the lowest point because I was actually feeling so
MUCH better by day. It's concerning that the trials/literature did not give us warning of this side effect. I take Conazepam for sleep and I've wondered if this can be linked-combining this or similar drugs with Viibryd. I sleep very hard to begin with.
Both the dreaming and the nausea subsided for me and my mood has stabilized dramatically. I'm happy to be weaning off Buproprion. I hope you can also adjust to the side effects of Viibryd. It's made a huge difference in my life. Remember to carefully time your dosage!
Best wishes for pleasant and peaceful holidays. Thanks to all of you for always being here for me. From your questions and comments, I'm still learning.
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