My boyfriend started on viibryd 2 weeks ago. On the 10mg he did not experience any side effects, but this week now on 20mg is having trouble climaxing. Has anyone experienced this, and if so will it go away maybe? It seems to be helping him, but he is afraid that will continue to be a problem. He had the same problem with Zoloft. Any suggestions or experiences?
Viibryd - What are some of the sexual side effects anyone has experienced? And do they go away?
Question posted by Mufasa74 on 25 Aug 2012
Last updated on 26 December 2021 by GmanPA
Viibryd is one of very few antidepressants that shouldn’t affect the ability to orgasm. His ability to climax should subside pretty quickly. Questions for me: does it help his anxiety a lot? Does he have panic? If so, does it help with that? Thanks
I started taking Viibryd about 7 yrs ago. The initial month a had some issues climaxing (took forever). But once my body adjusted to it I had powerful climaxes, although it took a little longer than before I was taking it. I hope it worked out fir y'all!
I took viibryd a few years ago and it worked great for getting my anxiety/ depression under control. I got off of it after I began to feel better and have had no anxiety/ depression since.
In the sex side, it increased my libido and I had complete control of when I climaxed. That was a nice effect for a male to have. I currently am 45 and having some slow down in sex performance, so I am going to try viibryd again just to see if that helps.
My doctor actually used improved sexual function as a selling point for the drug. He said a lot of his patients have had better sex, and their husbands ended up wanting the drug too. I thought he was nuts. I also didn’t think I had any problem with my libido. It wasn’t until after taking viibryd I experienced familiar feelings and desires that hadn’t been around for some time. I might not have thought I had a problem to fix, but the medicine proved me wrong. It has definitely increased my libido and orgasm. Now I have a new issue...
I know this is an old post, but I thought it might be good to give future visitors considering or looking for answers another opinion/answer.
For a bit of reference, I a 29 year old woman with anxiety and depression. I have been on 20mg viibryd, 15mg buspirone, and 10mg hydroxyzine for a little over a year now. I went to Viibryd after trying many other medications. Each medication gave horrible sexual side effects (no orgasm, low libido... ) I decided that I was to young to have a med ruin my sex life so I researched. I first tried wellbutrin because it is said to give back sexual function, it did but unfortunately at a cost. I was always angry and it spiked my anxiety so bad that I believe it upped my blood pressure. I couldn't walk around angry all the time and fighting with my boyfriend and loved ones just to have sexual function. So I went back to researching, thats when I found Viibryd.
I asked my doctor about it and started right away. Within about a week my drive was back and I could reach orgasm again and it continues to help greatly with my depression. It should be noted however that it is not as easy to reach orgasm, they some how feel a little different than before, and it takes a bit longer to reach climax. My libido is also a bit lower then it was before meds. For reference I went from a very high drive to a average to slightly higher than average drive, and as for climax it used to take no time at all, now its probably closer to what it takes most women. So in short I went from above average to closer to average, the price for me was worth it. I honestly believe Viibryd saved my relationship and my live.
I know that this experience wont be the same for everyone. If my experience can help someone get answers then its worth it. I wish everyone luck and I hope that this post helps people in the future.
I hear u. I have been on viibryd for about 6 months now. In the beginning it was very good. It took me out of my depression symptoms almost 100%. However, I have been noticing sexual dysfunction in the last 1or 2 months. I am a 33 year old male and my sexual problem can be described as almost no libido, difficulty getting an erection and delayed orgasm. I have been handling it with viagra and cialis but lately my libido is so low that I can't get an erection even after taking them. I am just not in the mood. I am considering adding wellbutrin to my regimen since it is known to counteract the sexual dysfunction from ssris. I will start that tomorrow and will let u guys know. Hope all of u are well.
Increased libido on Viibryd, (yay,) which had disappeared over years on Wellbutrin.
Hope your boyfriend is soon feeling much better. Many other areas of life should improve as well once the depression has lifted. Please feel free to keep in touch.
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I've been on Viibryd for the past 3 months. At first I was energetic, that has since slowed down. My wife does agree that the drug is working and that she can see the change in me. I also have developed some issues with sex. I have had one occasion where I could not acheive orgasm and many more where it took me for what seemed like forever to have an orgasm. The orgasms also feel much different than prior to the drug. I've noticed also that my scrotum has been very high and tight even after a hot shower.
As a female on Viibryd I have only been able to orgasm once since starting the med about a year ago. It is a great disappointment but the help Viibryd gives me is worth it.
Not sure about the male-female difference, but my wife had been on Klonopin for anxiety for like five years. Delayed or no orgasm, and low libido. I did some research and had her call her Dr about getting on Viibryd. After about a month, she's feeling great, and last Saturday had multiple orgasms for the first time in the 22 years I've known her! Needless to say, we're both pretty big Viibryd fans. Hope your boyfriend has the same experience. It took a few weeks.
Most ssri's have sexual side effects, unfortunately. I am female, and they all have removed my orgasm. However, I am also on Welbutrin 300 mg, and it all came back. My dr. told me that some people can't even tolerate Welbutrin because of that. It gives you great orgasms. Amazing, better than ever. I don't know what that would do for men, but look into it.
First I will provide you with the clinical research results: 4-6% of those on Viibryd had sexual side effects, including anorgasm vs. zero in the placebo group. So yes, there is a known percentage of people who do have a problem; however, compared to other SSRIs such as Zoloft the numbers are MUCH smaller. Zoloft has numbers in the 25-50% range and higher at higher dosages. The numbers I am giving you for Viibryd were for 40mg/day dosing.
That said, it has been typically said that orgasm in males may take a little longer under Viibryd, but will still take place. That is purely anecdotal information gathered from several other web sites.
I would say that the two of you may be at a learning stage where things are not impossible, but you have to learn how to make them happen, because they are different.
I strongly suggest you talk to your doctor and then experiment a little to see how to 'get there'. Your old methods may not work, but new ones may. I would say you are in for some excitement via experimentation. Good luck.
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