Update: Viibryd is coming when?

should i try viibryd

Maybe you’re thinking: “Okay, Forest Labs, you’re touting how great Viibryd is. So, when am I going to see it? Feels like you’re teasing me and it’s terribly unpleasant.” Go ahead, let it rip. A good rant can be healthy. 

Nothing makes me angrier than suffering people having to wait for relief. And that’s what’s going on with the availability of Viibryd.

After fielding more email questions regarding Viibryd’s launch, I did some digging, and guess what I found. Um, not much.

“Second half of 2011?”

The best bit of info I could come up with was this blurb from a Forest Labs press release dated 2.22.11…

Forest plans to launch Viibryd in the U.S. during the second half of 2011. Viibryd is expected to retain market exclusivity until March 2020 including full patent term extension of its composition of matter patent and anticipated pediatric exclusivity. Other patents may further extend this period.

I might also add I called two pharmacies and neither pharmacist knew a thing.

Keep us informed

If you hear anything regarding Viibryd’s launch, please let me know in a comment or via the contact form. I’ll get the info on Chipur.

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  • JaniceRose June 8, 2011, 1:50 am

    I just called Forest on Monday, June 6, 2011 and they said the wholesalers are getting Viibryd this week which means the pharmacies should be getting it by then end of next week or the following week. I sure hope so. I am hoping for the best with this new med. I can’t stand not having any sexual desire. I also called my psychiatrist and told him to mail me a prescription so I could take to the pharmacy as soon as it gets in the store. Let’s cross our fingers that this stuff works.

    • chipur June 8, 2011, 12:35 pm

      Hi Janice! Really nice to hear from you. Thank you for your visit and comment. Great information, and glad you got through to Forest. Yes, the sexual side effects factor would be a blessing for many. Let’s hope it meets the hype. Would sure appreciate any updates you’d be willing to provide after you begin a regimen…

      • JaniceRose June 9, 2011, 1:36 am

        Definitely will give you an update once I get my hands on it. Hope it arrives before July 1st.

      • Jgeorgallas June 14, 2011, 4:25 am

        ok, it’s here! I called pharmacy today and it’s in their system. Picking up my prescription tomorrow. Will let you know how it goes.

      • Poorwhiteguy34 June 14, 2011, 5:59 am

        Which pharmacy is it available at? 

      • chipur June 14, 2011, 1:08 pm

        Let’s see if we can gather more info as the day ensues…

      • Jgeorgallas June 15, 2011, 3:14 am

        Just go to any CVS or probably any pharmacy chain and it should be in their computer system. Then have your doctor’s prescription ready to give them and it’s in your hands. I picked up my prescription this afternoon. I will be starting the viibryd on Sunday. Have lots to do in the next few days and don’t want to take a chance of not feeling well. I’ll let you know how it goes.

      • Gregory June 15, 2011, 7:53 am

        I’m very eager to know if it’s available here in Oregon. I’ll be calling pharmacies tomorrow. Thanks for the update .

      • chipur June 15, 2011, 2:26 pm

        I just left Walgreens’ website. 40mg Viibryd is available. Couldn’t find it on CVSs. Interesting – I was on Forest Labs’ website checking out their press releases. There was one from June 9 announcing the availability of a drug – nothing for Viibryd.

      • chipur June 15, 2011, 2:29 pm

        Excellent! Thanks for the update. As I replied to Gregory – I couldn’t find it on CVSs website, but it was on Walgreens’. Any updates throughout the journey would be appreciated.

      • chipur June 14, 2011, 1:07 pm

        Thanks for the update – and offering to keep us posted. Hope you do…

  • Crystal June 9, 2011, 1:00 am

    It’s officially available nationwide July 1

    • chipur June 9, 2011, 1:22 am

      Thank you, Crystal. If you’re going to use Viibryd, would you mind touching base regarding assorted details? Anything that may help others would be great!

  • Poorwhiteguy34 June 15, 2011, 6:56 pm

    The pharmacies I have called do not have Viibryd in their system yet Safeway, CVS, and Wallgreens. I have my psyc appointment this Friday and will see what my doc says and keep trying.

    • chipur June 15, 2011, 7:39 pm

      Thanks, PWG. Interesting – I found it on Walgreens’ website, though not CVSs. Hmmm. Well let’s stay tuned…

    • Jgeorgallas June 15, 2011, 8:48 pm

      Keep trying the wholesalers should be getting it out to pharmacies by the end of next week for sure. You can always have one of your local pharmacies order from a new jersey CVS

  • Gregory June 15, 2011, 10:27 pm

    I am picking up my script tomorrow for Viibryd. My hope is that I can have my sex life back. It’s been on hold for many years and I lost all confidence in dating while on an SSRI. 

    It maybe all hype with Viibryd and it’s side effect profile, but I’m going to put it to the test. 

    I’ll post here in a few weeks with my response to the drug. 


    • chipur June 15, 2011, 11:36 pm

      Thanks, Greg. I really hope Viibryd is your answer. The hype makes it sound like it is. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you.

    • Jgeorgallas June 16, 2011, 1:03 am

      Can’t wait to hear your response as well. This lack of a good sex life really stinks, they better not be hyping this and leaving us with a big let down. I’m praying.

      • chipur June 16, 2011, 2:38 am

        Time will tell…

  • chipur June 16, 2011, 2:45 am

    I wanted to mention an important consideration. Many of you are using an SSRI, and looking to make the switch to Viibryd – some in hopes of fewer sexual side effects. Just remember your psychiatrist may taper you off your SSRI, as you make the switch. And even after you totally stop taking your current SSRI, it’s going to take some time for it to totally eliminate. Just a heads-up in terms of expectations of immediate sexual response…

    • Jgeorgallas June 16, 2011, 10:09 pm

      You are absolutely correct, it is such a good point. I for one will be switching from effexor to Viibryd so I will give it some time. I am sort of an exception because I only take 18mg. of effexor a day. I need so little medication to get relief. I am being careful how much of the viibryd to take as I usually don’t take anything near the therapeutic dose. I am going to start with the 10 mg. for 2 weeks and see how that works, while lowering the effexor.

      • chipur June 17, 2011, 12:20 am

        Sounds like some good strategy. Glad you (and your psychiatrist?) are on top of it. Your notes will help others in the same boat. Thanks for all of your comments regarding Viibryd. Very considerate…

  • Poorwhiteguy34 June 17, 2011, 6:58 pm

    Good news today i went to my psyc appointment and the samples for Viibryd came in yesterday, pretty lucky i would say. So i have a full months supply starting with 10mg for 7 days all the way up to the 40mg dose by the end of the month. I will keep an update on how it makes me feel and I hope there will be good results.

    • chipur June 18, 2011, 12:38 am

      Good for you, PWG. I’d really appreciate it if you’d keep us posted. In fact, I just put a reminder on my calendar to contact you in a week.

  • Gregory June 18, 2011, 2:12 am

    I am on day (2) of Viibryd at 10mg. First I should mention that I’m sure I still have Prozac in my system. I’m sure that will exit my system soon. 

    These first two days I’ve felt actually quite nice. I can feel the drug working. There is a bit of a sensation of calm and I’ve laughed pretty hard a few times watching comedy central. There is also a small body sensation that feels nice. Sex drive is not back yet of course. Time will tell. 

    I know that typically SSRI’s take at least a week to start working and I’m sure that is the case as well with Viibryd. 

    I’ll post more soon. 


    • Jgeorgallas June 18, 2011, 1:44 pm

      Did you stop taking the prozac right away or are you tapering the prozac while starting the viibryd. Thanks so much for updating. I am starting soon so I appreciate the feedback.

    • chipur June 18, 2011, 2:52 pm

      Thanks, Greg. Good hearing from you. We’ll look forward to more updates in the days ahead.

  • Stats25 June 18, 2011, 3:10 pm

    question to chipur—-do you think that the 5ht1a agonism of viibryd will make it more effective of an AD either for depression or more importantly for anxiety?

    • chipur June 18, 2011, 5:50 pm

      Hi There! Absolutely great question. So good, in fact, I’ve decided to do an article on all things 5HT1A. Check back around 6p EST. Thank you for your visit and comment.

    • chipur June 19, 2011, 12:02 am

      Just posted the article I promised on 5HT1A receptor agonists. My take is the action will make Viibryd a more effective AD for depression. The anxiety piece is a tough call – only because there isn’t much chat about it. However, as I point out in the new article, the anxiolytic buspirone (BuSpar) is a 5HT1A receptor agonist. And it’s fact that 5HT1A agonists positively impact both mood and anxiety. We’ll see…

  • Gregory June 19, 2011, 6:10 am

    To Janice,

    I tapered slightly with the prozac. I’ve switched many SSRI’s in the past without doing so and haven’t had any issues. I know that the prozac has a long half life and will be out of my system soon. A very gradual process. 

    It’s day 3 for me and I’ve felt good so far. I’ve taken Buspar before and it usually makes me dizzy. Viibryd is different. No dizziness and it feels different than just Buspar and an SSRI. I’ve been fairly calm and upbeat. Placebo? Not sure…I’m feeling rather positive about this drug however and I’ve taken many ADs. 

    Will update again soon. I’d love to hear anyone else’s experience as well if you care to share. 

    I’ll be upping the dose to 20mg in a few days. Only on 10mg for the first 7 days. 



    • chipur June 19, 2011, 4:26 pm

      Thanks for the consideration, Greg. Very nice of you…

    • Poorwhiteguy34 June 19, 2011, 8:20 pm

      Do you take yours at night or in the morning?

      • Gregory June 19, 2011, 8:23 pm

        In the morning with food. 

  • Horse3333 June 19, 2011, 8:25 pm

    what state do u live in

  • Horse3333 June 19, 2011, 9:21 pm

    hi what state r u guys to have viibyrd.thank u

    • chipur June 19, 2011, 9:39 pm

      Thanks for your visit and comment. I’ll keep an eye out for their reply. If they don’t (which I doubt) I’ll contact them.

    • Gregory June 20, 2011, 1:41 am

      Oregon here.

  • Horse3333 June 19, 2011, 9:44 pm

    ty chipur

    • Poorwhiteguy34 June 19, 2011, 10:04 pm

      California, I have a month sample pack right now.

  • Horse3333 June 19, 2011, 10:07 pm

    ty sir i so appreciate yr response im in florida

  • Horse3333 June 19, 2011, 10:09 pm

    im female and my sex life has been on hold for so long

  • JT in DC June 20, 2011, 1:32 am

    I am so excited to hear everyone’s feedback. For me, my sex drive is not as much of a concern as is having a potent antidepressant that really gets my brain working again. As I mentioned in a previous post, I suffer from a very physical form of depression that is exacerbated by sudden exercise and stress within hours. Depression affects my cognitive abilities, my motivation, my self-confidence, my motor skills, my energy levels — it is truly a horrific disease.

    My next pysch appt is June 30. Hopefully he will have samples available. I promise to update everyone as things progress.

  • chipur June 20, 2011, 4:01 am

    You know, I am so thrilled at how everyone has stepped-up to the plate to help each other. That was my intention when I started chipur. Thanks to all of you for your participation!!!

  • Horse3333 June 20, 2011, 10:00 am

    ty chipur its a great forum u have started and so needed

    • chipur June 20, 2011, 3:28 pm

      Thanks! Much more to come…

  • JaniceRose June 20, 2011, 6:01 pm

    It is deinitely a great forum and I compliment you on helping so many people. Ok, so I started this morning. About 2 hrs ago I took 10 mg. after breakfast. Right now I feel like I am speeding. Feel like I took a diet pill.

    I did take my regular small dose of effexor last night 18 mg., maybe the two together is causing this feeling. I take so little medicine for therapeutic effect that I am not sure how much viibrd I will need.
    I’ll keep you informed as the days go on.


    • chipur June 20, 2011, 6:33 pm

      Good hearing from you, Janice. I trust you’re working with your psychiatrist on the transition. Thanks for the update – and please continue to check in. This is what chipur is all about!

  • Horse3333 June 20, 2011, 7:21 pm

    just got back from psch appointment doctor wouldnt give me a script cause she knew nothing of it downer……i told her u guys have got it she said people lie online………..told me to come back once forest labs launch it 2 months ugh……so disappointed

    • chipur June 20, 2011, 9:18 pm

      Yes, that’s a major downer. Let me see, you’re a psychiatrist – and you know nothing about a brand new drug for major depressive disorder. Furthermore, you’re going to allow your lack of knowledge (and effort to stay current) to stand in the way of a patient’s wishes and comfort. Now, I can understand why a psychiatrist would like to have a two month track record before prescribing a med. But, hello! That’s what clinical trials are for. What can I say, Horse3333???

    • Gregory June 21, 2011, 12:53 am

      Go find a good Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. (cheaper and all they do are deal with meds) Mostly, M.D’s are afraid of lawsuits and rightly so. I have (2) friends that are doctors and they do have to be weary of new medications that come out. Just find a different doc however. One that will do a little research on this med and not just turn you away. I’m surprised he/she would not say, “Let me do a little digging on this me and get back to you.”. 

      Anyway, Viibryd is working for me so far. I’d encourage you to find a different individual that will find the time to learn about it. 


      • Gregory June 21, 2011, 2:06 am

        replace the word “me” with “med”. Typo..

  • Davidjod June 21, 2011, 10:38 am

    Hi All

    I am living in Australian and desperately would like to get my hands on the drug. Is there a release date for OZ



    • chipur June 21, 2011, 3:31 pm

      Hi Dave! First of all, thank you for visiting and commenting. I don’t have the info you’re looking for just yet, though I’ll pursue it. In the meantime, internationalpharmacy.com lists Viibryd. Worth a look-see???

    • chipur June 21, 2011, 8:41 pm

      Okay, I went to internationalpharmacy.com and started an order for Viibryd for Australia. Obviously, I didn’t complete the checkout, but it was allowing me to pursue the transaction…

  • Davidjod June 21, 2011, 10:46 am

    Also, does anyone know the cost. I would however be willing to pay almost anything to get my sex drive back. I am 33 year old male and have been dependant on ssr’si since I was eighteen. Tried other drugs but no luck. If this drug really has the benifits of ssri without the sexual dysfuntion, it will truely be a godsend for me and I am sure a lot of other people.

    • chipur June 21, 2011, 3:38 pm

      Dave…I’ll get on the price issue as I check-out international availability.

    • chipur June 21, 2011, 8:40 pm

      Just spoke with a pharmacy staff member at a Walgreen’s here in the U.S. Cash price of Viibryd 40mg: $156.99 for a 30 day supply, $470.89 for 90.

  • Davidjod June 22, 2011, 10:45 am

    Okay. Thanks very much for your help. I will keep you posted on the outcome.

  • TommyJay June 22, 2011, 4:20 pm

    I just took my first 10mg of Viibryd! 
     After calling a few pharmacies, I finally found one that carried Viibryd.  Then I convinced my psychiatrist to write the script before he knew anything about it (god bless him).  I’ve been patiently waiting since January to try this new med.  When I read that some of you were already taking it, my patience ended.  Lol.  For those of you that are interested, I found it at Walgreen’s in Astor Pl., Nyc.  I’ll keep you guys posted on my experience.F.y.i.:  I’m a 37 yr old male.  I’ve been taking Wellbutrin, because it’s the only SSRI I’ve tried that doesn’t cause awful sexual side effects (I’ve tried a lot).  However, it doesnt help much.  After I’ve acclimated to the Viibryd, I will wean myself off of the Wellbutrin.  

    • chipur June 22, 2011, 10:16 pm

      Thanks for your visit and comment. Glad things worked out for you, TommyJay. Hey, point of order (not trying to be a nerd, but it’s important others know, as well), Wellbutrin (bupropion) is a norepinephrine dopamine reuptake inhibitor (NDRI). The fact that it doesn’t manipulate serotonin is a big reason why the sexual side effects aren’t as bad. Regarding weaning off it after acclimating to Viibryd – just be careful. And work with your psychiatrist. Looking forward to your future postings…

      • islandgirl June 23, 2011, 12:05 am

        Hi All. I’m in OR & I am on day 3 on the Viibryd. I have the month sample pack. I’ve been on Lexapro @ 40 mg & it worked for awhile. I stopped taking that due to being diagnosed w/epilepsy, was trying to reduce my prescription intake to see if some meds were triggers. Tried to go back on and didn’t give me relief. I have Anxiety for which I take Xanax also, the Lexapro had helped w/that previously. Pristiq made me spiral downwards. And I was on Cymbalta a few months ago. It worked pretty good at first then I had Obsessive thoughts of suicide & I’m not suicidal. So I cut that out. Was a bit bummed since I have chronic pain. Like the Lyrica, it was great except for the horrible weight gain. I am very sensitive to meds, esp new meds- I can typically tell right away what side effects there are for me mainly negative & I listen to my body and inutuition for feedback. My N.P. had JUST heard about it when I had my appt Monday. I let him know my Xanax hasn’t been alleviating my Anxiety lately, he advised, as I inquired, to try the Viibryd & back to see him in a few weeks. Just tryin to dig up more info on this med.

      • Gregory June 23, 2011, 7:32 am

        Keep us posted if you can? I’m in Oregon as well and on day 7. I will be posting results as I go along for everyone. 

        I just bumped up to 20mg. Had a little bit of restless legs that first night I went up to 20mg. Now that went away. I have also been using a benzo, but I feel like maybe the Viibryd can help me cut that down. 

        After another week, I am going to post a more in depth review of my response to this drug. 


      • chipur June 23, 2011, 3:33 pm

        We’ll look forward to it, Greg. And I’m glad you’re looking at cutting your benzo use down.

      • chipur June 23, 2011, 3:46 pm

        Great info, islandgirl. Sure appreciate your visit and comment. Keep updating, okay?

  • Horse333 June 22, 2011, 9:31 pm

    how did u convince him.ive tried several all refused.

    • chipur June 22, 2011, 10:18 pm

      A huge financial bribe????????????????????

      • TommyJay June 22, 2011, 10:40 pm

        Lol.  No.  He’s been my doc for 10 years.  There’s a trust.  Plus I begged!!!  However, even if he hadn’t written the script today, he reached out to a Viibryd rep and is getting samples in a few days.  I just couldn’t wait any longer.  Thanks for clarifying Wellbutrin for me.  It makes a lot more sense now.

        Hang in there guys.

      • chipur June 23, 2011, 12:11 am


  • Horse333 June 23, 2011, 12:02 am

    you guys r funny lol

  • Merry June 23, 2011, 12:18 am

    I’m so grateful for this thread- it was through you guys that I found out that Viibryd was FINALLY on shelves! Like many of you, I’ve been waiting since January to get my Viibryd! I managed to get a script from my doctor and got the prescription at Walgreens in New York City. I called around- many Walgreens have it, but several don’t. It cost less than I expected- $60  w/ insurance, unlike Cymbalta, which cost me $200 for my initial prescription. I was standing there terrified they would slap me with a $350 or $400 bill.  Cymbalta has worked- sort of. No horrible side effects, but it simply doesn’t do the trick. I too am very sensitive to side effects, so I’ll keep you guys updated on it.

    • Trevortigo June 23, 2011, 3:20 am

      Hi, all. Been lurking this forum for 2 weeks since it is hard to find anyone else discussing this new drug. I, too, was refused it by my doctor because he “never heard of it” and prefers to wait a couple months after a drug is officially released to prescribe it. (Someone has to be the guinea pig. Why not me?) Not easily deterred, I found a doctor who was willing. I pick it up at Walgreens tomorrow. This will be a transition off Cymbalta–the constipation pill–into territories unknown. I am cautiously optimistic, but very excited. Yes, the purported sexual benefits entice me, but not nearly as much as the thought of throwing out that horrid bottle of Miralax.
      I’ll check back to let you all know how it’s going, and read up on your progress as well.
      Good luck, everyone!

      • chipur June 23, 2011, 3:37 pm

        Hi Trevor. Thanks for your chipur visit and comment. Glad you persevered and got hooked-up with what you felt you needed. Don’t mess with anyone enduring a mood and anxiety disorder, right?! Can’t wait to hear the details about your freedom over constipation (well, so to speak). We’ll be here!

    • chipur June 23, 2011, 3:43 pm

      Hi Merry! So glad you stopped by chipur and shared in a comment. Glad we could be a nice resource for you. What a nice price surprise, huh? That’s great info for everyone. I won’t be using Viibryd; however, I called a Walgreen’s in suburban Detroit – they have it. Shared the pricing info in a different thread. But it’s great to have the insurance angle. Look forward to hearing more of your story down the road…

  • Google June 24, 2011, 1:47 am

    I just got a sample pack today.  I have GAD and have taken Lexapro and Xanex for some time.  I didn’t know a thing about this drug until today.  I was a little hesitant to try something new, but I’m going to give it a go.  Wish me luck.

    • chipur June 24, 2011, 2:02 am

      Thanks for you visit and comment. Glad you were able to learn something new. Be sure to keep us posted re how things go…

  • Poorwhiteguy34 June 25, 2011, 2:12 am

    Just wanted to give an update on my progress with Viibryd so far. This will be my 8th day and I’m moving up to 20mgs. Everything has been good so far feeling some relief and not feeling weird which is good like the ssri’s I’ve tried. The only side effect I’ve really felt is nausea which I think will passed as I become accustom to the drug more. So good so far I’ve got high hopes for this drug so thanks :) chipur is cool.

    • Trevortigo June 25, 2011, 3:29 am

      Day 3 on Viibryd. So far it feels not unlike it felt when I began Zoloft many years and antidepressants ago: a bit nauseous and sleepy, but that’s about it. I’ve been taking it in the morning but will likely switch to bedtime because
      of said sleepiness.–Don’t get me wrong. It’s not heavy sedation or anything, but if I take a midday nap, I find it hard to get back out of bed.
      Sex drive: I’m not gonna put too much stock in my prowess when it’s only day 3, especially since I’m only just entering that new med fog. I’m not especially horny at all, but then who is horny when they’re nauseated?
      The constipation from the Cymbalta has subsided a little. This is paramount for me, not so much out of vanity as necessity. I work out regularly and need to eat far more often than Cymbalta allowed in order to create muscle. Cymbalta was a pretty good drug, I thought, but it really gave me a pygmy belly no matter how much fiber/softener I took. (Then again, all SNRI’s do that to me for some reason.) Anyone else have that issue with Cymbalta or Pristiq?

      More later.

      And thanks to Chipur for this forum.

      • chipur June 25, 2011, 8:44 pm

        And my thanks back to you – and all chipur readers – for participating. Near as I can see, there’s no other site out there dealing with the Viibryd thing (and don’t look around because I want you to stay right here). Keep us posted…

      • TomS July 1, 2011, 8:47 pm

        Yes Cymbalta was the absolute worst med when it came to bloating and constipation for me. I also got the pot belly effect without eating anything more.  It did have a good mood effect though.  Effexor was more libido killing, but at 75mg, I didn’t have much constipation or bloating.  Pristiq I felt sweaty and looked a bit bloated, but didn’t actually feel ‘bloated’ if that makes sense. The Pristiq made me anxious though and was no where near as calming as Effexor.

    • chipur June 25, 2011, 8:49 pm

      Hey PWG! Your participation in the Viibryd update biz is just huge. It helps so many. Thank you. Oh, you’re cool too ;)

      • Poorwhiteguy34 June 27, 2011, 3:59 am

        Thank you I’m having fun with this also being the first place i heard Viibryd was available its very cool. Lots more to come thanks :)

      • chipur June 27, 2011, 4:10 am

        It’s very cool because all of you are very cool…

    • janicerose June 26, 2011, 11:56 am

      Hi all,
      Well today is my 7th day on 10 mg. It’s been a bit up and down as far as it’s effect. First day felt a bit speedy.Second day and for the next few felt extremely tired and out of it. Felt like my vision was blurred and have horrible headaches, crushing. I stopped taking my small dose (18 mg.) of effexor the 3rd day hoping the sleepiness and out of it feeling would go away. It was somewhat better but I decided to add 75 mg. of welbutrin that I sometimes took with effexor. This made a huge difference and helped with energy and brightening of mood.
      Yesterday, 6th day felt nicer, like I wanted to talk with people. This is not something I normally feel like doing. Absolutely makes one feel more socialable. I am still adding the welbutrin for now. Will let you know if and when I go up to the 20 mg. Just don’t want to be in a fog and so sleepy. Sex drive (desire) not back yet but think I have more feeling.

      • chipur June 26, 2011, 2:55 pm

        Excellent notes! Thanks for the report…

      • JaniceRose June 29, 2011, 9:49 pm

        Sometimes like today when I just feel very tired and weak I add small amount of welbutrin. Today broke a 75 mg tablet in half and took that, it helped a bit. Most of the other times I took the 75 mg. Do you think this is safe to do with the viibryd. I feel like I need the norepinephrine and dopamine kick.

  • Nicole June 27, 2011, 3:23 am

    I am on day 4 of the viibryd. Still no real noticeable difference in mood, but hey, I will try anything at this point. I am the first one my psychiatrist (and her office) has prescribed it to. I got the one month pack as a sample, so hopefully all goes well. As for side effects, all I have noticed is nausea, but that could go away soon

    • chipur June 27, 2011, 4:07 am

      Hi Nicole! Really glad you visited chipur and commented. Everyone’s participation is important, as we get a grip on this new medicine. Keep us updated…

  • Sashazad1 June 27, 2011, 4:04 pm

    did viibryd available at all u.s.a pharmacies

  • Nicole June 29, 2011, 4:40 am

    Not sure where all its available yet

    • chipur June 30, 2011, 4:40 am

      To my knowledge, all over the US…

  • Skramer01 June 29, 2011, 5:35 pm

    Viibryd came out as of june 22nd. My fathers practice received samples on that day and I have begun the trial pack which is a 30 day supply that starts at 10mg for 7 days then 20mgs for 7 days and 40 mgs for 2 weeks.

    • Swk85 June 29, 2011, 5:37 pm

      FYI I live in Delaware.

    • chipur June 30, 2011, 4:18 am

      Keep us posted, Skramer01. Sure appreciate your visit and comment…

  • JaniceRose June 29, 2011, 10:06 pm

    Chipur,Sometimes like today when I just feel very tired and weak I add small amount of welbutrin. Today broke a 75 mg tablet in half and took that, it helped a bit. Most of the other times I took the 75 mg. Do you think this is safe to do with the viibryd. I feel like I need the norepinephrine and dopamine kick.

    • chipur June 30, 2011, 3:58 am

      Hi JaniceRose…

      Well, I’ve never avoided throwing caution to the wind and offering my opinion. But I want to be careful here – I’m a therapist, not a psychiatrist. I can understand how adding the norepi/dopamine piece may well provide a kick in the tush, but in terms of “safe” – I can’t make that call. I’m good (and humble), but I don’t want to be foolish. Could you touch base with your med provider?

      Thanks for continuing to update us. It’s important…


  • Sooozie June 30, 2011, 8:05 pm

    Any word on Viibryd and weight gain? 

    • chipur July 1, 2011, 3:36 pm

      Hi Sooozie…

      Seems it’s a legitimate concern, along with lower GI distress and bloating. But I’m not convinced they’re a long term thing…


      • TomS July 1, 2011, 8:43 pm

        GI Distress and bloating was terrible for me when I tried Cymbalta.

  • Therocktqb July 1, 2011, 7:25 pm

    How has viibryd been effecting peoples appetite?

    • chipur July 2, 2011, 5:27 pm

      Hi Therocktqb…

      Sure appreciate your chipur visit and comment. I’m hoping an answer pops up to your question. chipur participants are really good about responding to others. Please keep coming back for updates – and feel free to provide yours.


    • Terrysart July 9, 2011, 2:47 am

      sometimes no appetite, then hungry to ease nausea

    • Teela0622 September 11, 2011, 11:20 pm

      I am starting my 3rd week of Viibryd and it has been making me hungry.

  • TomS July 1, 2011, 8:42 pm

    Viibryd: To be taken in Morning or Night?  Was just wondering when most people take Viibryd?  I am still on the titration pack and it is a bit sedating when I take it in the morning.

  • chipur July 2, 2011, 6:29 pm

    Reading more and more comments re lower GI symptoms and feeling spacy…

    Remember, Viibryd is directly influencing serotonin and is a 5HT1A
    receptor partial agonist. Some 80% of our serotonin supply is located in
    the gut, where it’s used to regulate intestinal movements. 5-HT1A
    receptor agonists decrease blood pressure and heart rate.

    I don’t believe these symptoms are permanent for most, but given the action of the med, it’s gonna’ take some getting used to…

  • chipur July 3, 2011, 4:31 pm

    Hi everyone! Just a heads-up. If you haven’t read Viibryd’s Full
    Prescribing Information, please do. There’s so much there that addresses
    a lot of the questions and concerns I’m catching in the comments. Hey, I
    want you to keep coming back – but knowledge is power! Here’s the link

  • Sashazad1 July 8, 2011, 3:57 pm

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  • Sashazad1 July 8, 2011, 3:57 pm

    when will be available world wide

  • vibrant July 8, 2011, 9:29 pm

    hi all – this is a test.

  • vibrant July 8, 2011, 9:44 pm

    well now, count me in as the next guinea pig!  i’m on day 4 of the birth control like pack.  i was on paxhell for over 10 years and weaned off that 2 months ago (ouch – NOT pretty).  anyhoo, this is what i’m experiencing thus far:  diarrhea (and i lean in the other direction, so anyone with a regular system will probably really have this i imagine), sleepiness but with a “speed” kind of feeling like someone else described.  i’ve had insomnia the past two nights which is unusual for me – felt like i could jump out of my own skin…almost thought of calling it quits and switching to something else, but i’m going to stick it out, or try to…  someone asked about appetite?  i felt nauseous the first two days and then Ravenous!  if that’s the case, i’m not sure how this drug will prevent weight gain unless it’s on the chemical end of things.  (paxil apparently affects leptin or something, maybe this one doesn’t?)  anyhoo, i went of paxhell to see if i could do it, and my depression returned shortly thereafter.  yay!!  lol.  oh well, i tried.   so i knew i wanted to try something new because paxhell is the worst for libido and weight gain…plus paxil is just so early 90’s…

    • Frogmen313 July 9, 2011, 2:07 am

      insomania really sucks! i hope it goes away soon! I am getting my viibryd on sunday from my psychiatrist. But this is what he has to say! he said, “viibryd is very new and they claim whatever they say, and it is not true what they claim is what really happens, plus he says there could be potentialy long term consequences that we don’t know about and that my prozac is really safe because it have been around for so long!” but you know what I took prozac and they never told me that I could lose my libido overtime on prozac! so I am already an experiment and may as well try viibryd and see what happens! LIFE IS TOO SHORT! to suffer!

      • chipur July 9, 2011, 4:44 pm

        Talk is sooooo cheap. As effective as they’ve turned out to be in so many cases, the SSRIs, SNRIs, NDRIs, and atyptical antipsychotics were all over-hyped in terms of side effects and possible long-term issues. I’m with you Frogmen (all 313 of you), stay the course. And, yes – life is indeed too short to suffer. So we gotta’ grab for all we can with what we have…

    • Terrysart July 9, 2011, 2:45 am

      Viibryd by far seems to have the most side
      effects I have ever experienced with an antidepressent. I have taken zoloft, serzone in the past. Remeron most recently and for a few years. None of those had any of the awful effects of viibryd.  I am about to give up on it. I will be calling my dr. on Monday, but would like to quit tomorrow.  I have been taking it for 12 days;
      seven days at 10 mg. and 5 days at 20mg. Side effects starts kicking in about 3
      hours after taking it. I continue to have diarrhea for 12 days,  on and off nausea,
      can’t sleep, headachy, lethargic. I haven’t noticed any positive effects yet.I
      don’t feel like myself and still feel depressed. The side effects are making me
      more depresssed. I am concerned that the GI problems will persist. Although I
      have been in remission for many years, I have Crohn’s disease and really don’t
      want to stir things up again.

      • Frogmen313 July 9, 2011, 3:56 am

        oh dear! I took Prozac for 10 years. The problem i had was sexual side effect, and i also think Prozac made me unemotional overtime or it could just be me conquering depression. I really don’t know! but i would try viibryd just because no sexual side effect. Right now its been 5 month for me of off anti depressant and I just realized I will have to be on it for the rest of my life because I am not suffering from extreme fatigue and lack of sleep! I am a loooong term user of Prozac!

      • chipur July 9, 2011, 4:47 pm

        I empathize with your Crohn’s situation. Did a piece some time ago on it. chipur readers, if you don’t know what Crohn’s is, or want to read more about it, here’s a link https://chipur.com/2011/02/21/crohns-definitely-the-moans/

    • Teela0622 September 11, 2011, 11:23 pm

      Did your insomnia stop after a few weeks? I just started the full dose two days ago and I’ve had problems sleeping. No matter how tired I am, when I finally lay down I feel jumpy.

  • JT in DC July 9, 2011, 4:33 pm

    Finally off the lexapro and moved up to 40 mg of the Viibryd by accident (I thought the 20 mg pills were still 10 mg pills and I started taking 2 at a time). I still am taking 300 mg of Pristiq while taking the Viibryd (yes, my depression is THAT bad).

    I’m able to tolerate high doses of many medications. Have a little bit of GI, but not much. My libido has slightly improved. I plan on going into more detail on the other CHIPUR page. Scroll to the very top of this page and click on the “CLICK HERE” in red for more details. I can explain some of the speedy/yet sleepy feeling most of you are feeling for the first time.

  • Jjlukering July 11, 2011, 11:15 pm

    tried viibyrd 10 mg.. 1st day I thought it was a god-send. Second day , my god the anxiety, panic was terrible. Backed off for two days and tried again. 1st day wasn’t repeated……..just terrible results. I guess the SSRI’s aren’t my cup of tea. Had similiar results with Lexapro. Now I’m off work for a week trying to let my body adjust. any suggestions……..I really wish they’d started with a 2.5 mg. dosage

    • Meteoroid July 11, 2011, 11:38 pm

      SSRIs can be activating at first. They sure are for me. Zoloft made me a mess after the first dose. Celexa and Lexapro were not as bad but still very unpleasant. A few years back I had to restart SSRI treatment due to slipping into a very bad depression mixed with anxiety. The first few days I took them I would wake up in an anxious state feeling like I had just consumed 10 cups of coffee. I knew they had worked for me before so I was pretty determined to stick it out. I got the dose down very low and titrated up. Even with the low dose the first week was very rough. The Celexa made things worse before they made it better. After a while it felt like a switch was flipped, no more anxiety or depression. I know that the standard starting dose of Viibryd is 10mg but it may be helpful to start on a lower dose.

      • Jjlukering July 11, 2011, 11:53 pm

        how can I do that?   The tabs aren’t what ‘d call breakable. I really thought I was headed to the ER…scared me to death. I had so much faith in this drug as I’d been reading on it for year +

      • chipur July 12, 2011, 2:38 pm

        I’m thinking you could find saw some of pill “saw” at the local pharmacy…

    • chipur July 12, 2011, 2:37 pm

      Thanks for your visit and comment, JJL. Can you find a way to break the pill in half?

      • Jjlukering July 13, 2011, 1:12 pm

        I’m really spooked right now……..I’m not sure I want to try 1/4 of the 10 mg or not. To be honest I’m lost and the PMD doesn’t have a gameplan either.

        Has anyone utilized alcohol to temper the effects of SSRI’s????????? Just grasping

      • Jjlukering July 13, 2011, 5:43 pm

        Like I mentioned before the first day was a god send. Second day went terrible. I’ve done some reading and thinking I actually developed “serotonin syndrome”. I had all the symptoms I read on. Has anyone experienced this before on a low dosage. Also would I be playing with fire if I quartered the 10 mg and gave it another shot alternating days.

        My understanding is this syndrome begins when one first starts a SSRI. I really need some input as I’m finding my doc just thinks it’s the normal panic/anxiety so stay the course. I think if I’d taken 10 mg another day I be in the cooler.

      • chipur July 14, 2011, 4:59 pm

        Well, I can tell you serotonin syndrome is really rare. My vote’s with your doc. He/she would have to be a fool to blow it off if there’s a chance you’re in the midst…

      • chipur July 14, 2011, 5:13 am

        I know you’re having a tough time of it, but I sure wouldn’t go there…

      • Jjlukering July 14, 2011, 1:02 pm

        thanks Chipur…….I don’t know if you’re warning on the alcohol or the 1/4 tab and testing the response. Reading your story I sense you’ve been to hell also. I’ve been there before but managed to come back so I haven’t lost hope. Just unexperienced with this med……thanks

      • chipur July 14, 2011, 1:13 pm

        Warning is on the alcohol…

  • Lizmerry July 20, 2011, 4:56 pm

       Hi guys- I suffer from anxiety and depression, I’ve been taking Viibryd for about a month, and I’m still on 10 mg. Since getting off of Paxil a year and half ago I’ve tried a myriad of drugs. I’ve tried Welbutrin, Lexapro, and Cymbalta- and all of them had terrible side effects to start. I had no side effects in the first week of starting Viibryd besides a little confusion the first two days, while the other three took a terrible toll on me.
      I was a little anxious, but I’ve always been like that since I got off of Paxil. However, after upping my dose to 15 mg I experienced powerful physical anxiety- tremors, extreme confusion, and derealization. I went back down to ten, and felt much better, but am still suffering from a great deal of anxiety, social avoidance and resulting loneliness, and derealization. (I know the doses I’m taking are very low, but I’m very sensitive to meds.) I don’t know whether to attribute it to the medication or my own anxiety. I know Viibryd hasn’t been specifically indicated to target anxiety, but I hoped it would help. I’ve been through a lot since quitting Paxil, and haven’t been able to work steadily.
       I’m considering going back to Paxil, but worried about the weight gain (I’ve lost about 10 pounds since quitting- but that may be due to my lack of appetite while anxious!) and the lack of emotional connection. I had a devil-may-care attitude while on Paxil, especially toward love, and though I was able to feel love and compassion for my family and friends, I was unable to fall in love even though I’ve always been very romantic. It certainly made my life easier and more fun, but something important was missing. Since quitting I was able to fall for someone, and that was great. 
    But the anxiety is ruining my life. I’m wondering whether I could possibly acclimate to it- I was able to function on Cymbalta for six months- for I was not satisfied.
      I’m sorry for the rant- this just seems to be the only forum where Viibryd is being discussed! I would appreciate any input.

    • chipur July 20, 2011, 8:07 pm

      Hi Lizmerry…

      Thank you for your visit and comment. No rant perceived, but even if it was a rant, that’s more than okay.

      I’m thinking you’ll get a nice response from readers…


  • Trying July 27, 2011, 1:17 am

    I was taking Lexapro, Abilify and Adderal XR for depression anxiety and ADHD.  I am transitioning off Lexapro and Abilify after gaining 30 pounds in 6 months. This is especially frustrating as I worked very hard to loose over 80 pounds two years ago.  The weight gain started making me more depressed and stopping the Abilify made things even worse. I was having thoughts of suicide and crying everyday.   I am on day 11 and taking 10 mg of Lexapro and 20mg of Viibryd.  This is the final week that I have to continue taking the Lexapro. In the past I have felt some amount of side effects with anti depressants but nothing debilitating.  I have not had any of the GI issues that people seem to be experiencing. The major side effects starting the second week are insomnia, restlessness, trembling, anxiety, confusion and lack of energy. Emotionally I am doing poorly.  Though the thoughts of suicide have decreased I still feel depressed. The crying continues on a daily basis and when I am not crying I’m either anxious or feel nothing. I am not sure how long to continue taking this as I am not feeling any improvement thus far.  My doctor has recommended that I continue through the first 30 days and allow my body to adjust.

    • Bpositive August 3, 2011, 4:24 am

      Please hang in there and don’t ever give up!!!  I have been crying more than usual too, but for me that is a good thing.  I had not cried in months.  I lost my husband and went through a depression that lasted over a year.  The past year has been better…My husband was a wonderful man but he couldn’t cope with his depression/bipolar…His decision changed my life and the lives of our family members forever…I wish I could take your hand and gently lead you through the feelings you are experiencing…Stay in touch with your doctor, ok?  

      • chipur August 3, 2011, 6:04 pm

        Thank you for a kind reply to a chipur reader in need. Makes me proud…

  • lkelley36 July 30, 2011, 6:51 pm

    I am on day 14 or 15 of  the Viibryd. I also take Wellbutrin and Xanax. I haven’t had the nausea problems that I keep reading about. I have had a little heartburn, but I have been on 4 rounds of antibiotic for an abcess tooth, so who knows what is causing that…lol.. So far I like it. I started at 20mg and was a little dizzy and lightheaded for a couple of days. After 10 days went to 40mg….I think there needs to be a 30mg, that jump was quite a bit. I was again lightheaded and dizzy for about three days. I kind of felt like I was walking on clouds…weird, that is the only way I can explain it…lol   I have read that some people have more anxiety problems. I am hoping that won’t be the case. I have major anxiety when driving, which the xanax does wonders for. Since my son has been home from college, I have only gotten to drive a couple of times since I started taking this med. He goes back next weekend, I think I may need to practice. The anxiety gets worse when I haven’t driven in a while…. But anyway, so far so good!!! I actually can relax a little, which is abnormal for me…my mind normally just want stop. Glad you all are posting and I will update soon!

    Thanks for the anxiety and poetic justice…it is awesome!!!

    • chipur July 30, 2011, 9:02 pm

      Hey, hey, hey – that’s what I like to read. Panic! …and Poetic Justice is my panic and anxiety eWorkbook. And for a short time more you can get it for free when you subscribe to the newsletter. Gonna’ replace it soon with another freebie – and charge a few buck-a-roos for PPJ…


  • chipur August 3, 2011, 6:09 pm

    Bill (that would be me) has no problems with anyone promoting anything that will help someone in a jam. Bill will check it out (after it’s posted – freedom of expression, ya’ know) and provide his humble opinion if he thinks caution is indicated.

    Bill did a piece on something similar known as Thought Field Therapy (TFT). Here’s the link https://chipur.com/2011/03/14/thought-field-therapy-tft-tapping-out-mood-and-anxiety-woes/

    So forgot the third person thing! Thank you, Bpositive (blood type, attitude)…


  • maria August 4, 2011, 10:20 pm

    I have been frustrated with Wellbutrin for a few years now.  I first tried Zoloft during chemo. That helped, but eventually stopped due to side effects. I was also taking Xanax during chemo, but then was switched to Buspar. What that does, I don’t know. All I can tell you is the side effects. With Wellbutrin, it made me less hungry, horrible insomnia, a weird feeling in the front of my head, blurry vision, & worsened anxiety.  I’ve been stuck taking a small dose of Ambien each night, due to Wellbutrin & anxiety from my past cancer.  I was so tired of feeling irritable & unsocial…& like it was hard to smile…so I saw my Dr. & was given the 30 day sample pack of Viibryd. I am on day 3.  Since day 1 I feel like it’s easier to smile. I’ll catch myself smiling almost uncontrollably. Not a bad thing at all. Its nice not having that racing feeling in my forehead. I feel balanced, calm, but perhaps maybe not as focused as Wellbutrin helped me feel. But it’s not like my house was clean on Wellbutrin. I did end up taking a small dose of Ambien last night, but I think I can eventually do without the Ambien. After reading about Viibryd having a Buspar effect, I suppose it’s possible. Except Buspar did make me a bit dizzy & the side effects of Viibryd aren’t totally similar.  With Buspar, I found I just had to get out of the house sometimes and go shopping.  But it also made me so narrowly focused at times, like I was in my own world.  Viibryd is a bit like that so far, but my constant obsessing about my cancer past has stopped. I am realizing how much energy I wasted worrying about my cancer coming back.  I am a bit worried that with this medication that moving up to 20 mg…to 40 …will feel like too much for me. I’ll post more in the next few weeks.  Also worried about the cost of this medication.  No sexual side effects whatsoever btw. I think that is what most are worried about. Actually, with Wellbutrin alone or Buspar alone, my libido was increased.  Again, I’ve taken enough Buspar (barely 10-15 mg/day) to sense that Viibryd seems similar.  Worried we are all going to get ripped off on 1 medication that is so similar to taking 2 of something, like taking a small dose SSRI and Buspar???

  • LOVELOVE121 August 30, 2011, 9:31 pm


  • ls August 30, 2011, 9:53 pm

    Definately!!! I take xanax, vibryd, and wellbutrin….


  • Mllempa September 23, 2011, 9:03 pm

    Hi all,  i have struggled with anxiety mixed w/depression off and on since middle school.   Lately I am very stressed out and depressed and it’s triggering the anxiety which just upsets me further & makes me depressed and i get stuck in a loop.  I know i can’t climb out of the hole on my own but i am always hesitant to take these meds bc of the side effects and a few of them (paxil, wellbutrin) i had VERY bad experiences with. so it’s kinda scary to just swallow a pill & not know what will happen. But being 35 yrs old, unemployed, injured, having just ended a 10 yr relationship that i had hoped would lead to marriage & kids and instead led to me being alone & moving into my parents basement soon (yay) I need something to pull me out of this funk. 

    in the past zoloft worked very well for depression and anxiety for me but there were rough side effects that took a while to adjust to & i was kind of zombified. So my doc keeps pushing different drugs instead of zoloft. well, the wellbutrin made me manic & then severely paranoid,.  Paxil made me violent & angry. Cymbalta was ok, made me more chatty, less depressed but nonstop craving of sweets, foggy head, & no help for anxiety at all, in fact it might even increase it. So i don’t care to go back on cymbalta. 

    A few weeks ago tthe doc gave me lexapro. After 2 days of whole body aches & lethargy and sleeping non-stop i stopped taking it. i’m back in school, i need to be awake & able to focus & study to do well in my classes.  And I had just weaned myself off of muscle relaxers so i could focus on school (was taking for neck stiffness & spasms related to the shoulder injury.)  i’ve been struggling a little but keeping my head above the water in classes. but i don’t need another drug fogging my head up.  But after my left shoulder partially dislocated again (i have some type of connective joint tissue problem this happens sometimes)  i saw my doc yesterday. He gave me tylenol with codeine for pain so i’ve added that to my cocktail i take every day. Then when he found out i wasn’t taking the cymbalta or lexapro he seemed quite concerned about me (knowing my history & what is going on with me lately who could blame him.)  So on the way out he gave me the sample pack for viibryd and said “this one has NO side effects!”.  I couldn’t help but laugh.  I know each med is different for everyone as my experience with certain drugs have been completely different from other people’s, but i am not an idiot. None of these types of meds have NO side effects.

    So I was so glad to stumble onto chipur so i can get an idea what the possible side effects might be. Well initially after reading some postings here yesterday, i was a little discouraged that it seems to be  tweaked version of lexapro which i didn’t care for. Plus i’m on a large daily dose of celebrex & other meds for my injury so i avoid taking more drugs if possible. I was a little depressed & stressed lately but toughing it out pretty well so i thought it best to wait seeing as viibryd is NOT a magic pill like my doc would have me think. (I usually get GI probs, bloating, vivid dreams/trouble sleeping from these meds so i expect that might happen with this one as well.)  Normally I just suffer the effects until my body adjusts because i know most of the effects are temporary, however i can’t afford right now to have something disrupt my ability to function in school.  so i decided to wait to take it maybe at a later date…..

    WEEELLLLL—Then today i started losing it.  Had a very very bad day today after arguing with the ex who i think is trying to make me break down & he is doing a good job at it. Add that to the really rough day yesterday with the injury plus the big move to my parents basement coming up in 2 days….So i finally bit the bullet and took pill #1……it’s been a few hrs, some GI discomfort but not too bad (yet). getting kinda sleepy and nauseous though. feel it increasing every hour.  not able to study at all as my eyes can’t focus. i try to read but my vision is blurry and my eyes are crossing as i try to type and a slight headache. as for any pluses, well I was crying hysterically earlier but now i feel very calm.  of course it is too soon to tell after one dose if the drug calmed me down or if i just cried it out. but normally i don’t calm down like this when i lose it like that.  Anyway, I sure hope the side effects for me (whatever they end up being) aren’t too harsh. I am hopeful that it helps me out mentally with minimal “minuses”. Wouldn’t it be nice if this drug gets my head straight and i can finish school & get my life back in order?  I wish—-fingers crossed!

    By the way, I really appreciate everyone sharing their experience with the drug, and I wish everyone the best with this med. If it doesn’t work for you please don’t be discouraged. Continue on your quest to find the right med, it’s well worth it in the end :)


    • chipur September 24, 2011, 11:00 am

      Hi Meghan!

      Really appreciate your chipur visit and your participation. Be sure to check-out the Meds, Supplements, Devices section of the chipur forum for tons of Viibryd chat. Here’s a link: https://chipur.com/forum/meds-supplements-devices/

      Again, thanks for coming on board…


  • Maria September 24, 2011, 5:30 am

    Meghan…I think you’re making a smart decision.  I’ve never taken Lexapro before, but I have been on Zoloft (during chemo as I stated above) and then Wellbutrin (& adding in Buspar somewhat regularily, & then Xanax as needed (just 1/2-1 of a .25 usually 1x/early evening, & less than or up to 5mg Ambien at nite).  Just mentioning Lexapro as so many are comparing Viibryd to that drug? I have not felt like I’ve been on Buspar at all, so there is something different about Viibryd. I have had zero side effects.  Maybe weirder dreams at times, but nothing too unusual since I take Ambien. :O  It took about a week (I think) for my libido to completely go away. And almost 2 mos. on the medication & the lack of libido is bothersome to me, but I don’t think enough to stop the Viibryd just yet. Giving it more time. Because I instantly went from a gloomy outlook to being content (for example, 5+yrs. of disliking the weather where I live w/ the gray skies & now I don’t really care). I do not feel my energy level is affected at all (it is already terrible a few years out from chemo though), but a couple of VERY PROMISING and GOOD EFFECTS to Viibryd is that….drum roll….I got a lot of painting done in my house. I do not feel like I am even on a medication…it’s weird.  I can’t feel anything different when I first take it, like I used to with Buspar. I am also more patient when it comes to laundry, instead of my mind probably spinning with worried thoughts, I can just get things done. I do worry less about the cancer. And I also feel LESS ACHEY & LESS HEADACHES.  My neuropathy is a bit better. I used to try going off the Wellbutrin & the chemo induced permanent neuropathy was worse.  I did call up my Dr. after 3? weeks off the Wellbutrin & mentioned the sexual side effect of the Viibryd & they agreed to put me on 150mg Wellbutrin (extended release…which I am playing around w/ & have started taking it at night like I used to…because Wellbutrin helps me get out of bed in the morning) from the 300mg I had been taking prior to Viibryd.  But sorry folks, no change on the libido.  My strange coffee addiction off the Wellbutrin & on to Viibryd is less now though. I was enjoying the coffee addiction. Darn. :)  And I am a 1/2-1 cup per day coffee drinker, that’s it.  Rather conservative, as I do get anxious from coffee.  But I seriously need a Starbucks latte machine next to my bed. :)  I just need to start exercising again.  Been back to my old eating habits.  I think I am on a good balance of meds.  And to all the women out there….(and I suppose men would like this too) say goodbye to PMS!!!!!!!!!!!!  I mean my golly….no head spinning irritability anymore days before Aunt Flo.  I think that alone should force all women to take Viibryd.  But pleaase …could someone please invent a Viagra for women into the Viibryd?  :)

    • chipur September 24, 2011, 11:13 am

      Great post, Maria. And I appreciate your response and care for Meaghan. Too funny: A Viagra/Viibryd combo. Hmmm, what could we name it???

      Be sure to check-out the chipur forum Meds, Supplements, Devices section for lots of Viibryd chat. https://chipur.com/forum/meds-supplements-devices/


  • Maria September 24, 2011, 5:48 am

    Clarification….I take 40 mg. of Viibryd in the morning w/ a small breakfast.  And then until further notice, the Wellbutrin at night now (150mg). So I never stopped the Viibryd.  And then Xanax as needed and Ambien pretty much every night for 3!?! years now.   I will also note, my husband was going to go off of his 100 mg. of Wellbutrin (2x’s/day) & transition to Celexa (cheaper than Viibryd), but the Dr. gave him 75mg. of Wellbutrin to wean with and he’s still taking that, but also with Celexa. Which I don’t notice that he’s even on a different medication. His script is for 40 mg. of Celexa, but he is breaking it in half & taking 20 in the AM & PM. I think he felt too sleepy on 40 mg? My Dr. said I could switch to Celexa if I wanted to & just go to the 40 mg. dose. From everything I had read online about Celexa, that seemed a little drastic.  So one day a few weeks ago, instead of the Viibryd, I took 20 mg. of Celexa & then took a nap, had the weirdest dreams & felt foggy the rest of the day.  I think Celexa would work for me, but I just didn’t start it right. Taking a nap while starting up a new medication probably isn’t the best way to go. :o  I was sort of reminded of the time my pharmacist screwed up and gave me 150mg. of Effexor instead of my Wellbutrin & I took that, got in the shower, & suddenly felt like the room was spinning. I called up the pharmacist & he apologized (he sounded so nervous) and I was asking how to get this drug out of my system & he said I can’t get rid of it, that it’s a 24 hr. medication. I forced myself to throw up, could have gone to the ER but was advised by oncologist to take Benedryl & wait it out. I curled up in bed & horrible hallucinations for 17+ hrs?  The big chain pharmacy had to write me a check for…I think $3K? for a settlement for pain & suffering. Always check your prescription bottles.  I was totally new with the anti-depressant medications & trusted the pharmacist. I stupidly thought that Effexor was the name for the 75 mg. of Wellbutrin.  You know how Wellbutrin goes by Budprion & Bupropion. Now that I write this, shame on them for having 2 different names!

  • Teela0622 October 11, 2011, 3:27 pm

    I thought that Viibryd was supposed to have less effect on libido, but my libido seems to have decreased even from what it was when I was on the zoloft. What have other people been experiencing?

  • Hopeless in Virginia October 23, 2011, 8:41 pm

    Bill I posted not too long ago after starting on Viibyrd … I was on Lexapro for many years and I can honestly say I have went from bad to worse. I’m not sure if it’s the meds I’m taking it with but I’ve lost all touch with reality and cry non stop and have trouble even getting out of bed now .i’ve heard great reviews but I must be one of those people that went from anxiety and slight depression to feelings of suicide and such.i have an appt with a new therapist this Tuesday in hopes of a fresh set of eyes so she can communicate with my psyciatric doc in the same office. My question is can a doc over medicate you to a point you lose who you are? I take a high dosage of Nuvigil to help with my cronic insomnia as a last resort and 1 mg of Xanax 4 times a day as well as the viibyrd 20 mg and 2-3 ambien at night to sleep. I consider myself in a nut shell slightly depressed with severe insomnia . Myself and my son who is 8 see the same psyc doc for meds. My son is autistic with Adhd, bi polar, scitzofrinia , sensory disorders along with many other issues. She decided that I needed something for my nerves a few years ago to help me cope with him and in this process I’ve lost me and wonder if I am over medicated?! I’ve went from a little anxiety to full blown can’t even leave the house, refuse to answer my phone or answer my door when he is at school. I’ve always been a ” go getter” confident professional woman and after being on all this Xanax I feel it’s created a whole new level of anxiety. I have no self confidence, my self esteem is so low it’s sickning. Can taking too many meds make me dependant on them to function in life ? Can anyone shed light on this ? Mentally I feel like I can take .25 of xanax or 1 mg and feel the same afterwards. The reason I know this is while on vacation first week of sept I accidently left me Xanax at my father in laws house several states away and started panicing . I was talking to a friend about it and was afraid the 4-5 days( because it was a weekend) going without it until it arrived via fed ex I would need it and not have it and she replied I think I have some you can have to tie you over but not sure what mg it was as she never used them . So we looked and they were .25 so she gave me some until mine arrived and honestly I couldn’t tell the difference in taking the .25 and my usual 1 mg so is my body used to them or did she over Medicate me to where I am dependant? Is there such a thing ? Okay I’ve rambled on too long but hoping this med combo is familiar to someone . Can I stop Xanax cold turkey or do I need it ? I panic when my script gets low even though I may only take 1 or half a day and not the 4 prescribed. Please excuse any typos as I am using my iPod at the moment lol Helpless in Virginia

    • chipur October 23, 2011, 9:19 pm

      Hi Hopeless (for the moment) in Virginia…

      Certainly, it’s possible to be medicated to the point where one has a tough time functioning. I’m not at all criticizing your psychiatrist – merely pointing out the two of you need to have a chat very very soon.

      Absolutely don’t stop Xanax cold turkey. A benzodiazpine withdrawal can cause some icky physical problems. Again, be sure to get with your psychiatrist as soon as possible.

      Here’s a link to the chipur forum’s meds, supplements, devices section. Lots of good stuff – and support – goin’ on. https://chipur.com/forum/meds-supplements-devices/


  • Theresa26fla November 21, 2011, 8:12 am

    I’ve been on Viibryd for over a month now and it definatly gets better around the 3-4 week mark. For me it was whenever I stopped having to taper up. But now, medicaid has decided it doesn’t wanna pay for it. I’ve had the same problem with them before with my pristique, and I eventually won that little war. I’ll get this one too, I’ve been on lots of different things through-out the years and we have to prove to them that I’ve tried it all~and I think that’s really sad. This is me just trying to maintain while the powers that be decide my fate. I just can’t get over it really.

    • chipur November 21, 2011, 4:37 pm

      Hi Theresa26fla…

      Amazing the hoops one has to jump through to get the help they need. Also amazing how everyone else seems to know more about our situation than us – and our prescribing doc.
      You sound like one tough woman who will ultimately get what she needs. Sorry it has to come to that.

      Feel free to share in the Meds, Supplements, Devices section of the chipur forum. Always lots of Viibryd chat going on. https://chipur.com/forum/meds-supplements-devices/


  • Maria November 21, 2011, 5:45 pm

    Checking in here. :)  I’ve been on Viibryd since August? and I have to say that THERE ARE NO SIDE EFFECTS. The only issue was with IBS the first week or two and then fine since. My libido went up the first few weeks of being on it & then crashed. It bothered me at first and I debated on going off the drug, but feeling content daily under gray skies is more important to me than sex 2x’s/week. :) And husband is on Celexa now, so our sex life has adjusted (even though his libido hasn’t changed much :).  What I feel is really a miracle with Viibryd is hardly any PMS.  I had been taking 300 mg. of Wellbutrin for quite some time & now I see that dose was too much.  As I mentioned before, I quickly went back on 150 mg. of Wellbutrin after weeks of Viibryd.  I know some say it’s hard to get off of Wellbutrin. I almost think Wellbutrin is a necessary drug with many antidepressants. My husband takes 75 mg.of Wellbutrin twice daily with his celexa.   V iibryd for me, makes me content in life & wellbutrin keeps me focused.  I think my husband and I have ADD.  :)  Also, I’d have my husband try viibryd, but it’s too expensive & he never took buspar like i had.  Glad to not have to take buspar anymore. that drug only  made me dizzy.  more later.

    • chipur November 22, 2011, 11:25 am

      Thanks, Maria. I/we will stay tuned.

  • Mmb06c December 13, 2011, 8:32 am

    Out and on love it although I am on anti nausea. Nothing else worked for me

    • chipur December 13, 2011, 9:38 pm

      Appreciate your comment…


  • Hotmomma58 February 14, 2012, 3:37 pm

    I am now on Lexapro and my Dr. says he will not give me anything else. I have been on it for about 4 years and it is not working anymore. He said I need to see a physchiatrist.

    • chipur February 14, 2012, 8:30 pm

      Well, it appears your physician (I’m thinking primary care) isn’t comfortable scripting beyond the traditional SSRIs. Actually, his recommendation for you to see a psychiatrist is a good one. Assuming (again, assuming) you have a treatment resistant depression, you really do need to see a specialist.

      Thank you for your visit and comment, Hotmomma!!!


    • chipur February 14, 2012, 8:43 pm

      Hi Hotmomma!

      Sounds to me like your physician (I’m thinking primary care) knows he’s over his head beyond prescribing the traditional SSRIs. And that’s okay, actually – good for him. If (and I mean if) you’re dealing with a treatment resistant depression (or another type of mood disorder), you’re better off with a psychiatrist.

      Thanks for the visit and comment!


  • amber February 22, 2012, 4:29 pm

    has anyone ever taken this med with xanax my bf was jsut perscribed both and hasnt been on any type of medication in years…

  • Lost in Love March 4, 2012, 7:51 pm

    It doesn’t look like anyone has commented on this med for quite sometime now but I am looking for as much info and advice on this as possible.  My husband has a family history of mental issues.  He has been on effexor for almost 3 years and it hasnt helped him but every time he has tried to wean off of it it makes him physically sick.  My husband has suffered from depression for years but never wanted to seek help until about a month ago.  I have lived with his moods, dishonesty, deceitful ways for 14 years and I have begged him to get help.  After speaking with his brother and father about their issues I asked my husband to get the help that he needs or I have to remove my self and our children from him because it’s not healthy for any of us.  After agreeing to see a psychiatrist a couple weeks ago she put my hubby on Viibryd.  He is still weaning off of his effexor but I have read different things about Viibryd which leaves me concerned.  For years we have had no intimacy, he just has no desire.  He has always told me it’s not me it’s him but with no sex life what so ever it really starts wearing on a marriage and his constant mood swings leaves us all walking on eggshells when we are around him.   He completely shuts himself off from his friends and family and he is extremely impulsive when it comes to spending as if he has no care in the world.  When he’s confronted because of his actions he just shuns everyone and shows no remorse.  He has been taking his Viibry now for 4 days but I haven’t had a chance to be around him because he works nights and I work days but his depression has definitely put our marriage in a bad place.  All I want is my husband back and to be able to trust him again but due to his issues, which I have always supported him, through sickness and health I feel its now time to start living for me and our girls.  I will keep you posted on his progress. 

    Thank you for listening-
    Lost in Love

  • Email March 5, 2012, 2:21 pm

    Warning to all: !!!!! Do not take Viibryd! There is something really scary with this medicine (& maybe it’s all anti-depressants?!) but I’ve been on this since Aug. and I’ve tried weaning off of it a few times and I start feeling so edgy that I end up taking it again! And last week, after taking 3/4 of a 40mg. for 2 days, I began feeling really dizzy a few times and then what felt like a sensation roller coaster vibrations rolling into my brain …heavy feeling…indescribable!!! …I ended up going back on the 40mg. I feel trapped on this drug, that does help my mood, I guess, as I no longer have PMS symptoms, but also no libido (after 1 mo. of being on this med) so I don’t see the point in being on it. So last night, I decided to skip my dose & take it in the am (I had started taking it at nite becuz I was noticing fatigue about 30 min. into taking the med & I already have insomnia) so I’d have a libido, if u know what I mean, & just like the super intensity O’s :) that I felt the 1st few weeks on Viibryd (which was weird, so I wonder if there is VIAGRA?! LoL…in this drug?!) something really scary happened while trying to sleep ‘after’ last nite. Remember, I had just missed a dose…so as soon as I closed my eyes to sleep, the nightmares began. I was seeing peoples faces melt off into scary faces, I was held hostage to the every 20 sec? onslaught of horribly scary vibrations hitting my brain & body. I guess similar to the sensations of contractions while in labor, except without the pelvic pain. I fell right back into the unexplainable nightmares that I felt off this med. before! And so the way I fight to wake up by moving around, so then what happened is scaring the hell out of me, I THINK I WAS HAVING SEIZURE LIKE withdrawels from missing 1 dose! The unexplainable dream state terror was similar to how people act on PCP?! I consider myself to have a strong tolerance for meds, after chemo, so this is really unusual & scary. When I did wake up enough, I kept thinking I needed to get my Viibryd, which was downstairs, but I couldn’t get out of bed. After what felt like a real seizure in my nightmare, I woke up (this was 1.5 hr. of the nightmares) & could hardly walk. My body felt so strange. I took a Xanax, 150mg. xr wellbutrin (incase that was also causing the symptoms, but wellbutrin has never done that in the past few yrs) & 40mg. of Viibryd, reluctantly. I was scared to go back to sleep, but I did after 20 min. & then slept fine for 3 hrs, woke up fine, & slept for 2 more & was woken up, or I would have slept longer. Now I do not take more than .25 Xanax once daily or EOD, so I know that is not causing the awful sensations. It’s all Viibryd. Also, my back feels really messed up today. Mid back to lower I am feeling electric like sensations, like how i felt while trying to walk last night. I feel like I would need a hospital assisted withdrawal program to wean off this medication!!!! Totally freaked out….I used to post + things about this drug. Just now warning you all. Has anyone else experienced something similar? Also, my latest bloodwork shows that I have 0.32 TSH and hyperthyroidism? Waiting to hear from dr. I am certain that either or both wellbutrin or viibryd is causing my thyroid to not function properly. Having said that, I am a normal functioning, thinking, cheerful…person. I got sucked into the world of SSRI’s when emotional during chemo. I didn’t want to take an antidepressant back then, but I was put on zoloft. I never experienced any side effects while going off of that! I feel Viibryd needs to be pulled off the market!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please advise with the tingling back sensation. How do I know if I was having seizures last nite? Did I just throw out my back muscles? My husband was in a deep sleep (ha–I wonder why:) & didn’t notice me moving around. I suppose it’s possible that because of sleep paralysis, I did move, but my brain was screaming to my body to move to wake up, so electrical impulses were sent and now my uncomfortable back sensations are from trying to move?! Btw…all scans clear & in remission, if not cured. Thank you for any advice. How do I get off this med?!?!

  • Rainearth May 13, 2012, 4:25 pm

    I am so far pleased with the quick effects of Viibryd. After being on Effexor for a few years, it lost it’s effect but the doctor still kept me on it for 7 years do to, the “heroin” side effect I dealt with. I felt like I would have to be married to Effexor for the rest of my life, until one day, thank god, I was able to withdraw from it, and the doctor put me on Viibryd, and I have to say, out of all the one’s i’ve been on, this has worked the fastest.