Hi, I'm new here so I apologize if I do anything wrong.
I'm a 22 year-old female who started Viibryd about a month ago for anxiety and depression after zoloft had shown no results. I take 40 mg of Viibryd every morning and it has helped my anxiety a lot and lightened my mood a little bit. I've done lots of research on the drug but there are some questions I can't find the answers to so I was wondering if anyone can help me.
I've been having VERY vivid dreams and nightmares, which I found is quite common, but I'm starting to have trouble dealing with them. They can be very disturbing and I'll wake up in a panic and really shaken up in the morning or middle of the night. Sometimes I am afraid to fall asleep/go back to sleep. An example would be just last night I had a dream that I was experiencing sleep paralysis (I heard is also common; I've had it twice before starting viibryd and multiple times after) and I could not get out of it. I can usually tell when I'm about to go into sleep paralysis so I can prevent it. When I can't, I can get myself out of it using a method I learned (so it hasn't been too hard to live with), but this dream was very scary because I went through all the steps I usually do and nothing was working. I was clearly in my room on my bed, making it seem more real. I tried calling out to my dad, whose room is right across from mine (also like that in real life), and was able to make some noises but my ability to shout started to go away until I couldn't make any noise at all. My dad was so close yet so far. I felt someone crawling over me and saw their fingers creep along my hand. Panicked, I started just shaking and shaking in my dream until I eventually woke up. I realized it was a dream, but I was very shaken from it. I checked the time and it was only 3 am. I had slept for 2 hours. I was too afraid to go back to sleep and very frustrated because I still had a whole night's sleep ahead of me. I didn't know what to do. After checking the time, I saw a small, dark, moving figure in my pitch-black room and decided it was my cat. (Disclaimer, I'm 100% sure I was awake). Then, I saw another one not far from the first and started to panic again. I turned my night light on and found that one was in fact my cat while the other was a pair of boots on my floor. This brings me to the hallucinations.
I found that after starting Viibryd, I started to see random black or white spots floating through the air. It didn't worry me because I knew they weren't real and they were small and not scary. Then, I started to see things move out of the corner of my eye. I would turn and nothing was moving. It's usually an inanimate object that's already there. I don't create new things in my mind, I just see objects move that aren't supposed to be moving. Then I had the incident last night where I clearly saw a shadowy figure moving, not like walking or going anywhere far, just kinda like swaying in place or moving part of it's shadowy body. It's hard to describe. Seeing things move is very unsettling and can often be scary, especially since I live in a house alone most of the time. I am a college grad living at home with my dad. My dad works 2 days a week then spends most of the week at his girlfriend's, making him home at night usually 3 times a week and usually never around in the morning. I enjoy being alone and am usually ok, but I find some nights/mornings to be difficult. The night's are the hardest because the dark makes everything scarier.
I haven't found any personal stories or accounts of people hallucinating on Viibryd, only websites that say it's a possible side effect. Has anyone on here ever had hallucinations from the drug? Can you tell me your experiences with it?
Also, I know the vivid dreams and nightmares are common, but has anyone found some kind of method(s) to reduce them or make them go away all together? I would really like to stay on Viibryd. Thank you very much.