Hey there. I'm Wondering if anyone knows how severe the side effects of abnormal dreams and vivid dreams can be with Viibryd. I currently have been on the med for 4 months and twice in the last two weeks I have missed a dose accidentally. Each time I have missed a dose I have had dreams that are very specific and very real to where I swear I can feel sensation during my dreams. I would be okay with this except for the fact that I wake up from sleeping 8-10 hours with absolutely no energy and am starting to panic about how strange my dreams are and how much my asleep life is effecting my awake life. My only issue is that Viibryd has been the ONLY medication that has not caused my depression to spiral out of control. Can anyone give me any tips, comfort, or anything? I'm at the point where this is effecting me severely and also sometimes happens when I do take my medication consistently.
Same happens to me if I miss a dose. Also, I found that taking it consistently in the morning eliminates the scary nightmares. I still have vivid dreams, but they aren't frightening. I remember how scary they used to be. I hated going to sleep when I first started taking the medication.
I've also had very vivid dreams when I started taking Viibryd, and they usually recur when I miss a dose or two. I have noticed that after staying on dose for a while the dreams eventually subsided for me, and I've never had problems with nightmares. I've been taking Viibryd for ~2 years now, and the 'abnormal' dreams very rarely occur. I work nights and only get 4-6 hrs of sleep a day, so this may have something to do with it. Unfortunately, the only advice I can give you is to give it time and keep taking it regularly; that's what worked for me. (The side effects of this med are pretty rough, and even after 2 yrs I still have problems with some of them if I miss a dose or two. I stay with it because it does what it's supposed to do for me, and does it very well! Good luck to you!)
So I'm a 19 year old college student, going on my junior year. I've felt depressed since before I started college and I finally felt it was time to finally try to fix this issue. My doctor had me try the sample pack of Viibryd. At first it seemed to work pretty well. I was going to sleep around decent times and actually waking up happy for once. Overall I was excited because I thought this medicine was helping. I'm on the 23rd day of my pack and I moved to the 40mg pills. This week I've had some freaky nightmares. It started a few days ago. I came home from class pretty exhausted but I tried to keep pushing myself through the day instead of taking a nap. Finally I allowed myself a 30 minute nap that evening.
It felt like the minute I shut my eyes I went into my dreaming stage. I could hear every noise around me and it translated into something else in my dream. I was surrounded by darkness and what felt like demons. I kept getting hit for some reason in the dream and each hit felt so very real. Finally I woke up from one of the blows to my face and woke up gasping. I had been out cold for about 20 minutes. I ended up just getting out of bed and doing other stuff for fear that the dreams would come back. Tonight I've been awake all night (college kid problems) but I still managed to take my medicine at a halfway decent time. I finally just layed down to go to sleep around 6:30am this morning. I don't remember falling asleep, all I remember is the terrifying dreams I was having. They were so vivid, as if I was in a simulation. I apparently was dreaming of some of the things I fear such as falling and being late to class. I remember each fall and I seemed to feel each fall. Then later in my dream I felt almost high. I lost clarity and had like this pulsating wave over me. For whatever reason, in spite of my obvious terrible condition, I got into my Ford Explorer in the dream. I drove out of a parking lot and into the downtown area of my college town, beginning to pick up pace. I hadn't yet finished putting my seatbelt on because of the high I was feeling. All of a sudden I hit something and went flying out my front windshield. I felt the impact and was freaking out from the accident. I turned in my dream and saw my car's front end destroyed. A man in a jeep had pulled over in my dream to help me and the last thing I remember is crawling towards him and moaning "help me" as I spat up blood, unable to scream out loud. Then all of a sudden I woke myself up crying. I snapped back into reality. My heart was racing and I was terrified. Unable to realize if I was indeed out of my dream I didn't want to look around my room but finally I got the courage to get out of bed and pinch myself to check if I was still dreaming. I immediately started looking up dream side effects for my depression medicine and found these comments. I'm so glad I found others that have experienced the same thing. I was afraid I was starting to go crazy. I've never been so scared in my life because of a dream and I've never had a dream so horrifyingly vivid like these. I think I will be calling my doctor first thing Monday and see if I can be switched to something else. I guess Viibryd was too good to be true... Good luck everyone and thank you for sharing!
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