So, I've been reading through these q&a's and finally decided to comment. I had been on Viibryd 20mg for around 6 months and upped to 40mg about a month ago.
I have always (since childhood) had vivid dreams. Not necessarily nightmares, but very realistic dreams and at times quite disturbing or scary ones. My dreams have not often impacted my falling back asleep or next day, but I've had issues with sleep since starting my teaching career 8 years ago.Worry keeps me up, racing thoughts and panic I won't fall back asleep mess me up more than dreams.
Not until I was going through traumatic events back to back to back did I turn to more serious meds for sleep. I'd taken melatonin occasionally before life got so stressful and it helpes when I needed it. I started teaching public school and it is beyond stressful despite the rewards that I do love from the work. So my physchiatrist that I saw strictly for Adderall suggested hydroxyzine. Eventually I started stronger things like Seroquel only a few does (was too nervous to take it after reading online and felt drowsy next day) then Klonopin to get me through the rougher times and was told it'd be temporary.
I've had anxiety, sleep issues, and depression since I can remember. I come from an alcoholic home where my mother was extremely depressed and anxious and drunk 24/7. Since age 16 I've taken Paxil, Zoloft, Brintellix, Wellbutrin, Ability, and I'm probably forgetting some too.
OK back story a bit out of the way...
So, my doctor and the prescription bottle noted that taking this medication with a meal was important. So I tried but teaching from home during the pandemic had my eating schedule out of walk. I see a lot if people on here say first thing in the morning is best to take it, but do you eat with it?
My Dr told me it wasn't a big deal with eating so I started taking it at night and it is FOR SURE 100% making me have insane dreams and sleep issues. So I'm taking Klonopin or advil pm to sleep most nights that I have to work or be somewhere early.
But then it got worse because I hadn't put it together that the switch to nighttime dosing was causing this so I up to 40 MG. I felt like 20 was a mid dose and I could feel better. Not so anxious, but very dull and lack of energy and motivation to do eceryday things.
So now 40 MG at night (took it 30 min before sitting down and reading this and it's 1am on a weekend) and my dreams have gotten down right cray cray. Woo thank God for regular people taking these meds and boards like these to help is figure stuff out. The doctors just don't know it all. And I feel like Viibryd coming from samples at first points to the Dr upselling it (just a theory). So I hope your sleep is better by now and thanks everyone everyone sharing their suggestions. Im gonna gradually pull it back to taking in the morning and see how that goes. What about weekends or summer vacation for me as a teacher and not always awaking at the same time though? Any suggestions there?