Have any of you that are doing well on Viibryd experienced any night terrors? My doctor switched me from Lexapro 20mg to Viibryd. Around my 4th week of taking starter pack, I missed a dose while on vacation (completely slipped my mind with all of the running around). That night I had horrible, horrible nightmares like nothing I have ever experienced. It scared me so much that I was afraid to go to sleep the following night. Since then I have weaned off it and back on Lexapro but wanted to see if anyone that has had success with this drug has had something similar happen. If so, how did you deal or do you just suffer through the nightmares?
I experienced horrible nightmares when I started taking Viibryd. I was afraid to go to sleep. When I switched to mornings they went away. If I forget a dose I get a nightmare too, along with itchy skin!
Having said that, Viibryd is hands down the best med I've been on. It works better than any other one I've taken.
Lennongurl is incorrect in what she has stated about Viibryd and she knows this to be untrue. She has repeatedly stated that her experience with the drug (twice, I believe) was not good, and she unfortunately cannot write a truthful reply. What she has stated is patently untrue. Hopefully others who have used the drug long term will also ring in. RonMan, one of the longest users of Viibryd and our resident genius, can give you the scientific data regarding this.
I experienced the sleep paralysis with Viibryd exactly like you did. I was traveling to Europe and was not careful with my dosage during the time change. I was also afraid to go to sleep! Taking the med in the morning resolved it immediately. Now in my second year of this med, I have no side effects whatsoever. This side effect was isolated and absolutely not dose related in my case. I believe the data will bear this out. I can nap any time of day, (I wish!) and never have a bad dream.
Some individuals have not been able to tolerate Viibryd side effects, for others it has been life changing. I wanted you to have the opportunity to make your choice based on facts. Good luck to you. I will add you as a friend so you can feel free to send me a PM.
Viibryd has a known side-effect that causes abnormal dreams in 4.1% of users at a dosage of 40 mg. The dreams normally disappear after 2-3 weeks, depending on the user; however, some users, myself included, can have very vivid dreams that can interrupt the REM sleep cycle. In most cases taking the medication in the morning mitigates the issue. In those rare cases where it does not, a sleep aid is often used so that REM sleep can be achieved in an uninterrupted manner. This is not typical.
Missing a dosage of Viibryd is an especially bad thing to do and can cause serious withdrawal symptoms, even for long-term users. When this happens you can get brain zaps (please look this up here on drugs.com in the Viibryd discussion group) headaches, and the general feeling that this is the worst day of your life. Taking Viibryd at the same time of the day is the best thing to do and should always be taken with food. My target time is 9 am ±2 hours. Taking it out of this window can cause brain zaps at a minimum and worse if I go too long. If you are consistent, there are no issues of any kind. It can be frightening to miss a dose. Frenchie can testify to that. She did so on vacation in France. I am not sure how she got through it, but she is very strong.
Also, as Frenchie has mentioned I have been on Viibryd a long time, over two years now. I can say that I am alive because of it. I am a functional human being because of my therapist, but that is a side story.
I experience extremely vivid dreams. So much so that each dream cycle wakes me up for 5-15 minutes. The result is that without a sleep aid, I don't get restful sleep. The dreams are not nightmares, but they are VIVID. As I have said before, imagine that in 200 foot high, bold-italic type. They are so real that I wake up after each one. I am in the 4.1% of people who have problems. I have looked at the research studies and all of the published papers I can find, and I am clearly the exception.
Here on drugs.com we have people are are especially active. In many ways this is extremely good, but it can also gives you a skewed perspective on any drug, Viibryd included. No drug is perfect. Viibryd is only indicated for Major Depression when traditional SSRIs are no longer effective. The research is very specific about this. It can be a life saver. It was for me.
I am sorry it did not work out for you, but I am glad that a traditional SSRI is working for you. As a 50 year sufferer of major depression, my only wish for anyone is that they find a way out of the pit, and can function normally. If a drug, any drug, can help, then use it.
Thanks so much for your responses. I realize that medication works differently for everyone which is why I posted on here. I like to hear about different experiences so I can figure out what I want to do. I've been on Lexapro for 3-4 years now and didn't feel as if it was working for me so that's why the doctor switched me to the Viibryd. I'll admit that before the night terror/nightmare, I had started to feel some relief from the fog I was living in. I have an appointment with my PCP later this month as I want to wean off the Lexapro to see how I feel without it. I've read a lot of horror stories about the withdrawals of this drug so I'm a little anxious. I'll always have anxiety but I'm starting to think the Lexapro was doing more harm than good. If I end up having to go back on medication I think I will try the Viibryd again (this time taking it in the morning).
One more questions - do all of you take it with food? My doctor told me I should so that's what I was doing although I don't always have a set schedule to eat. Dinner is the meal I am most consistent with (never much of a breakfast person) which is why I was taking it at night.
In the 8 months I've been taking Viibryd I've never had any nightmares. I have had several very vivid dreams, startling myself awake a couple of times, but I was always able to fall back asleep. I'm taking 40mg., & the only problems I have with it are when I skip a day (... more than 36 hrs between doses) - things get a bit 'foggy' in my head!
I've been taking Viibryd for a month. I forgot to take it last night and had a horrible nightmare. I woke up hysterical and had a hard time distinguishing the nightmare from reality. I have been having less anxiety, better mood, and clearer thinking on Viibryd. However, I have also been feeling disconnected... Like my house isn't mine. I am going to see my NP this AM, and get a referral to a psychiatrist.
I have been on Viibryd for almost 2 years. I have missed taking my dose only 4 times in the 2 years I have been on it. Each time I have missed a does I had terrible nightmares and waking up seeing colors, like little lights on the dark ceiling. One time, I actually seen the furniture move, it looked like it was breathing. I am going to talk to my dr. I am not sure I like these side effects.
"Nightmares/Night Terrors" may be an understatement. After using Zoloft for about ten years, I began having night terrors around age 40--figures luring in the corners of my bedroom, demonic beings hovering over my sleeping body, me being unable to wake ("sleep paralysis") until I suddenly bolted upright lashing at the ghouls.
The symptoms got worse after switching to Viibryd when it was determined that the Zoloft had "pooped out." I would wake lashing and screaming trying to fight off whatever it was that was attacking me in my sleep. I also had trouble differentiating what I had experienced and what I had dreamed. It was either medication-induced or medication-exacerbated psychosis. My doc took me off Viibryd cold-turkey--which is not advised but was necessary considering my experiences.
I've been off Viibryd for about a month now. Went through an extreme period of anxiety, self-doubt, and indecision. I still get one or two bouts of "brain zaps" a day. Lost over 10 pounds in the process.
Life in the funhouse...
I've been on Viibryd for more than 2 years and take 40 mg/day. At first, I took it in the mornings, but I forgot a dose and didn't want to go through the extreme itching and nightmares I had the first time I missed a dose. I started taking it at night, and I was amazed by how much better I felt all day long after I switched my dosing routine. My doctor said that a small percentage of people do better with the drug by taking it at night and that I should continue with what helps most. I've taken it at night for several months now.
For the past couple of weeks, though, I've started having night terrors that have gotten progressively worse. Last night was absolutely horrific. After reading the experiences here, it seems that switching back to mornings may resolve this problem. It's worth a try. I've tried several medications, and Viibryd & Abilify work best for me. I hope that switching my dosing routine again will result in peaceful sleep.
Thank you all for sharing your experiences! I have been on Viibryd for two years now and for the most part it does help a lot. I too experience very vivid dreams. I have told my friends many times that if I could write I probably could be a best-selling author. LOL Missing a dose is horrible! It causes my skin to itch and crawl. I have the sleep paralysis which is terrifying, along with nightmares. I have wondered if taking the medication at lunchtime would help with the side effects and also keep me from forgetting to take my dose. I have a real hard time with remembering my dose and taking it the same time. My evenings are so crazy and unpredictable. So, after reading everyones experiences I'm going to try switching it to lunchtime.
I have 3 more tablets left in my 1-month starting sample of Viibryd. Yesterday during a short afternoon nap I had a frightening experience. It ended with what seemed to be an animal that climbed up the side of the couch I was napping on. Then it jumped onto me to attack me. I woke up scared out of my wits from that.
Last night as I was trying to go to sleep I have very vivid colorful scenes passing through my head, lots of confusing motion. I got up, checked the clock, saw that I'd been trying to sleep for 1/2 hour, took sleeping pills (which I try not to take, usually) and a xanax. That calmed me down and I was able to sleep well and felt rested this morning.
I left a message on my psychiatrist's answering machine this morning explaining what I had experienced. I called them hallucinations. He spent a fair amount of time telling me that the could not have been hallucinations since I was not aware that I was awake. He said what I experienced could not have been caused by Viibryd. I feel he's never taken me very seriously. Unfortunately, there are very few psychiatrists in our city and my family doctor (and many others) only know how to prescribe the most commonly used antidepressants.
Viibryd seems to help some people a lot. I'm totally scared of it now. I took Effexor for 25 years starting at age 40. It kept me alive and able to work. So far we haven't found an adequate replacement that doesn't have bad side effects.
I told my psychiatrist I plan to titrate back to Brintellix which is the first antidepressant he tried me on. I don't want any more of these scary night terrors or whatever they are. I've been working with this psychiatrist since January.
I had been taking viibryd for 4 months and the horrible vivid dreams, sleep paralysis, and hallucinations started about a month ago. I actually didn't know if i was awake or asleep several times even when driving. I was taking it at night and only missed one dose when a dream had me too terrified to go to sleep. The next day I had the excessive itching all over and I thought it was just allergies until reading these posts. Until I read them I was seriously about to check myself into a hospital because I thought I was having a mental breakdown. My boyfriend compared my symptoms to lsd. I even experienced the feelings of religious enlightening that some other posts online described. The good news is that these posts saved my life. It's day 6 of taking the medicine in the morning instead of at night and it's a different world for me.
No nightmares or vivid dreams and as a matter of fact every single negative symptom gone so far. I usually don't post online like this but I don't want anyone to go through the horror I did when what a difference a dosage time can make.
I take 40mg viibryd nightly. Anywhere between 6pm and 10pm nightly. I always have an alarm to go off so I never miss a dose, otherwise my body feels terrible for at lest 2 days.
I used to get SLEEP PARALYSIS/TREMORS every night it was terrible! I will say tho that I still put up with it because it made me not want to sleep for 12 to 16 hours which I used to do.
I have the answer to no more SLEEP PARALYSIS/TREMORS!!! It's taking the medicine with a decent amount of food. You will eventually be able to figure out how much food works best for urself. Also if you forgot to take it with food, I don't recommend doing this, but taking it with 1 or 2 beers gets rid of the sleep paralysis. Remember I don't recommend doing that but if it's your last resort it is helpful.
Hope everyone gets there normal sleep back!!! Best of Luck to All!
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