She is fighting many tumors in her liver due to bile duct cancer. This is a rare cancer and she has lost her desire to socialize and be seen in public. She has had chemotherapy and sir-spheres radioactive beads implanted.
I can't say for sure that Viibryd would help your wife but I do have some experience with taking antidepressants after a cancer diagnosis. I had ovarian cancer almost 14 years ago. My doctor originally prescribed an antidepressant because of my sudden lack of hormones and the resulting effects of that. However, I discovered that I had evidently had chronic depression before my cancer surgery. I felt better mentally during my chemo than I had before my cancer. I still had many side effects of the chemo but I was able to take them in stride. Talk to your wife's doctor about prescribing an antidepressant. Cancer is an awful thing but can be beaten and a good attitude is key.
Bill -- I am so sorry to hear about your wife's diagnosis. All of us who have received a cancer diagnosis become depressed (I feel pretty certain I can speak for all cancer patients on that). Your wife might go through a hit and miss period to find the right medicine for her. Everyone reacts differently to meds, so until she has been taking Viibryd for several weeks or months, there is no way to tell if it is the best drug for her. The key is open two-way conversation with her doctor. He needs to know about new, bothersome side effects she might have so he can adjust her dosage of Viibryd or change her to a different med. Don't become discouraged. Allow her the time to grieve her own mortality. Regardless of how treatable or curable our cancer might be, we all still have the thoughts "Wow.
I have cancer! Cancer kills people! How will my family cope with this? Why didn't I do all the things I wanted to do? Why didn't I spend more time with my loved ones?" It is natural. Just like grieving a death, we go through the same stages of grief when we grieve our mortality. The length of time that grief lasts is different for each person, and cannot be rushed. She is lucky to have you to love, support and understand her. There is always hope. I am a 9-year survivor of incurable cancer. I, too, went through the grieving process and through it all I learned a great deal about myself and what was really important to me. She will, too.
I'll add you as a friend so you can send me a Private Question if you want to talk or have a question that I can help with. Keep your chin up, Bill, and go give your wife a big hug. Trust me, she needs it.
Welcome to the forum. First let me say that my heart goes out to you and your wife. A tough time may lie ahead but it sounds like she is made of strong stuff and you're a good team.
For me, like my friend RonMan, Viibryd has been life changing. There have been some annoying side effects to deal with but you'll always find support here. Viibryd is truly a unique anti-depressant and if it works for her, will make her path ahead much easier. Please feel free to send a PM if you prefer. You and your wife will be in my thoughts and prayers.
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She is dealing with a very real reason for depression, and if I just went thru chemo I might not want to be seen either. Anti depressants have more effect on depression caused by a chemical imbalance in the body then on situational depression. They also can cause liver problems, so I would hesitate to recommend an anti depressant without knowing what her liver function is. Perhaps counseling for both of you would help. When my bf had cancer there were social workers and counselors to help with coping.
Viibryd is not metabolized through the liver as many SSRI antidepressants are, as heavily, therefore a much lower level of "major" interactions with other drugs, foods, etc. I am currently taking 40mg once daily with little to no side effects, and I am personally very pleased with the results. I have been prescribed most of the available antidepressants on the market, in the past 10 years. I wish you both all the best!
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