I have been taking Viibryd for six month and I have experienced weight gaine despite Viibryd claims that it does not cause weight gain. I am currently being monitored monthly by my doctor. I go for monthly weight and blood pressure check ups. My doctor can verify that since starting Viibryd I have gained 20 pounds. I am currently prepping for an upcoming surgery. I have cut many foods and drinks out of my diet. I currently drink only water and green tea. I excerise daily. There is no reason for this weight gain. Viibryd is the only medication that I am currently taking and as I mentioned, it can be proven that my weight has increased significantly since starting Viibryd. I am 40 years old and my weight had been stable prior to starting Viibryd. I have also been experiencing very vivid dreams and nightmares since starting Viibryd. As a result, I am constantly fatigued and feel unrested. And, unfortunately, I am one of the rare few who have experience sexual side effects on this drug. I am also noticing an increase in restless leg syndrome since starting Viibryd. On the positive side, Viibryd is working for me. My doctor prescribed Viibryd to treat my depression, anxiety, and anger. My doctor and I are continuing to monitor these side effects and I will definitely change medications if these side effects continue or worsten. Does anyone have any comments to share?
28 Jun 2012
I have taken vybrid right when it came out ! Did it help? Yes it did . But I also gained 25lbs & insomnia is one of its worst side effects that never went away also sex drive gone also couldn't achieve a orgasm! I'm now on a new search with no luck! I hope this helps this is from experience I was on it 7mths
28 Jun 2012
I too have gained weight. This is in spite of the constant diarrhea and being bloated. In addition, and to me the biggest problem, is the extreme pain in my joints and leg cramps. I went to the doctor 2 days ago and we discussed these side effects. The doctor agreed it could be the meds but also showed concern that it could be some kind of infection. He decided to cut the dosage down to 20mg (from 40mg) and added Welbutrin (I have never taken this before). I was going to take a wait and see approach before going to my internist but was very achy yesterday so I went ahead and made an appointment. Well this morning I woke up and feel so much better. Apparently it was the Viibryd. I agree with everyone that it worked great for the depression, but for me the trade-off is not worth it. I might also mention it seems the diahrrea is also gone. I think Viibryd needs more time on the market to accumulate some greater history regarding side effects.
29 Jun 2012
I have been on Viibryd for over 7 months now. I cannot speak on the weight gain part as though I have gained about 10 lbs since being on Viibryd I have only recently started exercising again and watching what I eat. I have lost 3 lbs so far after two weeks of this. As for the nightmares yes, I have definitely noticed this. Usually they are paralyzing dreams in which I cannot wake up and cannot call out. I'm not really sure if I'm awake while this is going on or it is a nightmare. It might be sleep paralysis. This morning I had a dream in which I was pretty much dead and woke up with derealization so bad that caused a panic attack and my inability to cope with anything including my two children for two hours. I also have the sexual side effects. I still want to have sex but my ability to orgasm since going on Viibryd is completely gone.
7 Aug 2012
I have lost 40 pounds, so weight gain Iis not a given. Studies show 3-5% gain weight, but 6-9% get anorexia. I don't have that as my weight loss has been purposeful and planned.
You ought look at other factors or you may be in the 3-5%. Vibryd works for me so I won't be changing any time soon. I have been on it for almost a year and I can say that it is saving my life. Of course, your results may vary.
22 Sep 2012
I started Viibryd 4 weeks ago to boost the action of 450mg Wellbutrin and it seems to be working. I took 10mg the first 3 weeks and 20mg this past week (my doctor wants to max me out at 20mg since I am sensitive to medication, even at low doses) and am feeling much better psychologically -- went from feeling despondent with racing negative thoughts to reduced anxiety and a positive outlook on the 10mg. However, I am experiencing side effects since moving up to 20mg. In addition to sleep disturbance, I feel a little hyper now and there are definite sexual side effects (have gone from a previously strong sex drive to almost no desire and trouble reaching climax) plus weight gain. Although I'm a naturally slim person (5'7" and 119 lbs.), I have gained 5 lbs. in the past week since bumping up to 20mg. That is not a big deal right now, but I certainly don't want to continue to gain 5 lbs.
per week from here on! Since the medication was working well at 10mg in conjunction with my Wellbutrin, I don't see the need for the increase and am going to talk to my doctor about remaining on the 10mg dose. I just hope the positive results continue...
26 Sep 2012
I was given a starter pack by my doctor. I only took them for two weeks. I could not rest while on this. I would go right into nightmares. Also I have knee problems and they got to the point I could hardly get up from the toilet because they felt like boils were inside my knees and I also had terrible breakouts on my face. Now I have gone back to Paxil and I feel much better.
1 Oct 2012
I haven't experienced weight gain while on Viibryd, in fact, because it works so well for my depression, I have actually been able to get back on my weight loss plan - I haven't lost a lot, but at least I am moving in the right direction. I have experienced vivid dreams though, and it is as if Lennongurl has been inside my head, because she described my dreams exactly - unable to wake up or call out. Usually I am being chased or attacked by someone and I try to call out but I can't, and then finally, I manage to and this wakes me up, and I find that I have actually called out in reality. Once I even kicked my husband because I was trying to kick in my dream. This is something I never did before going on Viibryd. However, I found this side effect drastically reduced once my psychiatrist cut my dose down from 40mg to 20mg.
I still got the same positive benefits as regards my depression, but the dreams all but stopped - I get one or two now and again. I had also been experiencing a racing heart when I was on the 40mg. I take Viibryd before I go to bed, and I would find myself lying there feeling as if my heart was about to jump out of my chest. It would be better by morning, but it got to be too much, so my Psychiatrist reduced my dose, and that took care of it. I am wondering what dosage other people are on, and whether anyone else has had a similar experience by reducing their dose, i.e. a reduction in side effects without a reduction in benefits. As far as the sexual side effects go, I have actually had the opposite response. It took several months for me to see a change, but now I am much more interested in sex than I have been for years, and I have no trouble enjoying myself! :-) The only other side effect I seem to be experiencing is over-heating. My extremities - my hands and feet - get extremely hot, and I can't seem to cool down. They get so hot that they make it hard for me to sleep - even now, I am writing this at 1am because I couldn't sleep due to my ridiculously hot feet. I sometimes sit with my feet in a bowl of cold water, or fill my hot water bottle with cold water. This is the complete opposite of how I used to be, so it seems likely that it has something to do with Viibryd, but I haven't found this as a documented side effect. Has anyone else experienced this? Though the temperature issue might sound trivial, it does drive me crazy and the people around me are always shocked when they touch my hand and feel just how hot I am. The worst as I said is trying to sleep at night. That said, for me the benefits of Viibryd far outweigh all other considerations. I have suffered from depression for over a decade, and have tried tons of different meds, with varying degrees of success, but nothing has ever worked like Viibryd.
1 Oct 2012
this is a good anti depressant but i also agree that the dreams are horrible and i really can't deal with that i thought i was going crazy for a minute after analyzing the meds i was on... i've come to the conclusion that Viibryd is causing these terrrible dreams, this could really cause me to stop taking these meds, im really terrified of the dreams i have never experienced any side effects like this in my life, Really concerned.
4 Oct 2012
This medication has been a nightmare for me. I was having hallucinations and sleep paralysis. My depression worsened and my anxiety was uncontrollable. I also experienced terrifying brain zaps. I was having suicidal thoughts and thank God I found a website describing the same symptoms from other people. I have since discontinued this a couple of days ago and have felt relief for the first time. My brain felt like it was in a fog. This stuff was like mental torture for me.
14 Oct 2012
I never considered some of the weird symptoms I have to be associated with Viibryd but after reading through the comments above, I have so many of these side effects and am now connecting the dots. I think they stem from Viibryd! Crazy lucid dreams, difficulty sleeping, worsening of joint pain, chest pains... all of the above (except the weight gain). I have Chronic Lyme Disease (or so I'm told... I don't know what to believe anymore) and am on a lot of medications for that (antibiotics, plaquenil, synthroid, a tons of supplements--probiotics, iron, vitamins, etc). I've definitely had brain fog, joint pain, extreme fatigue, etc., before taking the Viibryd (a lot of the symptoms that are associated with Chronic Lyme) but a few of them have definitely worsened over the past 5 weeks--which is how long I've been on Viibryd.
I was prescribed it initially because of depression associated with having the Lyme. I've had bouts of depression and anxiety in the past and have tried many different therapies--- none of them agreed with me. Now I'm thinking that neither does the Viibryd... it seems to be the worst of the bunch for me! Can you just go off of it? I'll take to my doctor tomorrow but I'm afraid to take it again!
14 Nov 2012
I have been taking Viibryd for a solid 5 weeks now. I have not noticed weight gain yet, but I also have PCOS, so I'm already overweight. The 1 side effect I have noticed has been that my sex drive is much lower. In my case, this is a great thing. My husband and I were not at the same level of drive, and now I think we're pretty much even. I was just wondering if this medication is what was making this happen. I have not noticed any other effects. I did have a very real dream last night, and I didn't think that was a side effect until I read some responces. It was a good dream. I got a hug from my neice who I haven't seen since July. It was the most real dream, as if she was actually hugging me.
The reason I am taking this medication is to take control of my anxiety. It hs helped for sure. I was having major anxiety over stupid little things, but now, I can function, and talk my way out of what would usually cause an attack.
- Viibryd Information for Consumers
- Viibryd Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Viibryd (detailed)
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