Top
30
Doctor insights on: Viibryd For Anxiety

Share
1

1
What would be your 1st choice between viibryd/lexapro for ocd/anxiety. Dr. Says they have fewer interactions with other meds?

What would be your 1st choice between viibryd/lexapro for ocd/anxiety. Dr. Says they have fewer interactions with other meds?

Need personal eval: I'm sorry, but these medicines can't be rated separately from the person receiving them. Both have potent anti-anxiety features. Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) may possibly have less sexual side effects, which could be important to you. At the same time, I've had patients with significant nausea, vomiting, and insomnia with both of them. Please work with your own psychiatrist on this, as recovery is a process. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
3,299 Doctors shared insights

Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


2

2
Has anyone had any luck with their patients on viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) for anxiety/depression -I am considering it if insurance will cover it?

Has anyone had any luck with their patients on viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) for anxiety/depression -I am considering it if insurance will cover it?

Yes, a lot.: It is one of the newer SSRIs in the market and has been very effective for depression with anxiety. If your insurance does not cover it and it is helpful, you could get a prior authorization. The company that makes Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) also has a month trial offer for free, so you could try it before you get your insurance to pay for it. ...Read more

4

4
Is viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) often prescribed for anxiety?

Is viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) often prescribed for anxiety?

No, mostly.: But that's because it's a really new drug, so it's not prescribed "often" for anything!
It IS an antidepressant, and all antidepressants are also used as antianxiety meds. This is because depression and anxiety are often considered to be flip sides of the same coin within psychiatry.
If you are not comfortable with idea of the med, talk to your doc. Otherwise, maybe try it and see how it goes? ...Read more

5

5
Is viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) an effective medication for anxiety?

Is viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) an effective medication for anxiety?

Yes: Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) is a new class of antidepressant. I have found it useful for anxiety as well as depression. It has different side effects than the others so might benefit people who didn't tolerate others well. No weight gain and maybe less sexual dysfunction, but can cause a lot of nausea and diarrhea and must be taken with food. ...Read more

7

7
How well does Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) seem to work for anxiety and depression? I've read really mixed feelings on it.

Yes: Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant like prozac, paxil, celexa, lexapro, and zoloft. The entire class of medications is effective against both depression as well as anxiety. Of note, it takes 2-3 weeks for a partial effect, 4-6 weeks for a full effect, so you may not feel better or even feel worse for 1-2 weeks before the medication kicks in ...Read more

8

8
Can you tell me for depression, anxiety, and ocd, I'm taking viibryd, (vilazodone hydrochloride) is this good?

Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride): Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) (Vilazodone) is used in the treatment of Major Depression but has also been used off label for Anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and other forms of depression. ...Read more

9

9
Hypothetically should viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) be activating or sedating? (keeping in mind we are all different) and can it be used for ocd/anxiety?

Hypothetically should viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) be activating or sedating? (keeping in mind we are all different) and can it be used for ocd/anxiety?

ACTIVATING: For the most part tends to be activating for most patients. Does not have an OCD indication so not sure if it would be effective. Plenty of other medications have the OCD indication like Prozac, Paxil, (paroxetine) Zoloft, Anafranil, and Luvox. ...Read more

10

10
Recently put on Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) for chest pain/ S.O.B. possibly due to anxiety. Most of what I've read is about its use for depression. Any experience with it?

SSRIs and anxiety: You are correct that this medication is often cited in the treatment of depression. It is part of a group of medications called SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), often referred to as antidepressants. These medications are typically effective in treating anxiety, which from your brief statement may have been why it was prescribed. Clinical study outcomes for anxiety are under way. ...Read more

11

11
I was on Prozac for 13 years to treat anxiety. This year it quit working for me. I have been on Viibryd, (vilazodone hydrochloride) and Paxil CR. Neither worked. What next?

I was on Prozac for 13 years to treat anxiety. This year it quit working for me. I have been on Viibryd, (vilazodone hydrochloride) and Paxil CR. Neither worked. What next?

More than drugs: Effective expert psychotherapy (CBT) is shown to be the key factor in optimal outcomes. You were able to avoid learning better skills for managing your life for a long time, but it seems that the time has come. So, I urge your next move to be finding a good therapist. Either w/ or w/out another medication that's what's been missing. Find one you trust and it will be worth your effort. Best! ...Read more

12

12
Was on wellbutril XL for yrs and switched to viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride). Felt great depression/anxiety wise but noticed rapid weight gain; same with lexapro. Options?

Was on wellbutril XL for yrs and switched to viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride). Felt great depression/anxiety wise but noticed rapid weight gain; same with lexapro. Options?

Your choice: Wellbutrin does not have weight gain associated but works differently than viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride). If the viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) is working well for you, then try to fight the weight gain with regular exercise and reduction of your portion sizes. ...Read more

13

13
I am currently taking viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) 20mg daily and hydroxyzine 10mg prn for anxiety disorder. Symptoms are better but still anxious. MD added deplin. Good?

I am currently taking viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) 20mg daily and hydroxyzine 10mg prn for anxiety disorder. Symptoms are better but still anxious. MD added deplin. Good?

A study said "yes": There is evidence that methylfolate (Deplin) can help reduce symptoms of depression.

(Papakostas GI, et al. L-methylfolate as
adjunctive therapy for SSRI-resistant major depression: results of two
randomized, double-blind, parallel-sequential trials. Am J Psychiatry. 2012 Dec
1;169 (12):1267-74.) ...Read more

14

14
Tried Zoloft and Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) with some success. What would you recommend to treat generalized anxiety disorder? Found any particular SSRI/SNRI better?

Individual: This is largely a question of the specific medicine for you: there really isn't at generally better medicine. YOu need to consult your prescriber. ...Read more

15

15
Is there any particular type of anxiety/depression you would use viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) for. As it seems like an ssri plus Buspar only--could it be helpful for ocd?

Is there any particular type of anxiety/depression you would use viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) for. As it seems like an ssri plus Buspar only--could it be helpful for ocd?

About the OCD...: Exposure ; response prevention= gold standard non-medication treatment 4 ocd. Read jane singer's article about how erp helped her 20-y-o son recover from ocd here: http://bit. Ly/z7dftt caution: erp is hard as it involves not giving in when ocd orders u 2do something. Requires letting urself experience rising anxiety 4 a while. Get ppl u're close 2 involved in ur treatment 2help u stay motivated! ...Read more

16

16
I have had severe anxiety/panic for years. I have taken prozac, zoloft, wellbutrin, lexapro, and now viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride). Nothing seems to work. What should I do?

I have had severe anxiety/panic for years. I have taken prozac, zoloft, wellbutrin, lexapro, and now viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride). Nothing seems to work. What should I do?

Try counseling: While some medications will not work there are meds that will but along with counseling as well. Anxiety and depression are best treated with both behavior modification and medication. Give it some thought and discuss with your provider. ...Read more

17

17
I would like to know if there is a reaction between taking, pure encapsulations lithium oratate 5mg a day, with viibryd is safe?

I would like to know if there is a reaction between taking, pure encapsulations lithium oratate 5mg a day, with viibryd is safe?

Drug Interaction: It is not safe and before you take them together discuss the risks with your doctors. Either increses toxicity of other by affecting serotonin level in the blood and too much serotonin may be life threatening ...Read more

19

19
Does viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) help with the "people are out to get me" issue?

Does viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) help with the "people are out to get me" issue?

NOT REALLY: Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) is an antidepressant. People out to get you sounds a bit like paranoia. Now if it is once in a while and part of depression or anxiety, then maybe the viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) will help. ...Read more

20

20
Can the 40 mg of viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) tablets be split and be effective...they are not scored.

Can the 40 mg of viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) tablets be split and be effective...they are not scored.

Splitting tabs: As long as your doctor has indicated that she or he believes you should be taking 20 mg of viibryd, (vilazodone hydrochloride) rather than 40mg, then, yes. The pills can be split. You may want to ask your pharmacist about a pill splitter, a plastic device that helps you split pills (especially those that aren't scored, evenly. Don't forget to review with your prescribing doc & be well:) ...Read more

23

23
I took viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) 10 mg for 1 week. Then took 20 mg for one day and I felt like I was sitting beside myself. I did not take anymore. Can I restart?

I took viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) 10 mg for 1 week. Then took 20 mg for one day and I felt like I was sitting beside myself. I did not take anymore. Can I restart?

I would not: Talk to your psychiatrist, but I would not personally take any drug that had ever done that to my mind. It is not suited for your brain chemistry. You had a dissociative episode of depersonalization on it. If it were me, I would avoid that because that is one of the most difficult symptoms in all of psychiatry to treat effectively. If it does that to your mind, then it is clearly not for you! ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
2 doctors agreed:
27

27
Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) is new. Does anyone have a problem prescr. It yet. I believe it failed in 2 trials before passing in a 3rd. Not really a forrest pharm product.

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
2 doctors agreed:

Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride): Results are mixed, but most successes come from gradually increasing the dose to 40mg. Daily if tolerated well. ...Read more

28

28
Are lexapro/celexa/viibryd the cleanest ssri's available. I.E the least interactions?

Are lexapro/celexa/viibryd the cleanest ssri's available. I.E the least interactions?

Especially: Celexa and lexapro. Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) can interact with drugs that are metabolized through the cytochrome p450 3a4 enzyme system so a little bit more caution has to be taken with that and should be addressed with your psychiatrist. ...Read more

29

29
What will happen if I stop taking viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) 40 mg and start taking celexa 40 mg?

What will happen if I stop taking viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) 40 mg and start taking celexa 40 mg?

Variable.: Everyone is different and time will tell. You should discuss with your physician the risks and benefits of each and the best method of changing. Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) works much like Celexa in inhibiting the re-uptake of serotonin. Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) also acts on another receptor, called the serotonin 1a receptor. It is thought, for some, this receptor may help additionally in both depression and anxiety. ...Read more

30

30
Why has viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) been a financial failure when all ssri type drugs are blockbusters?

Why has viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) been a financial failure when all ssri type drugs are blockbusters?

Interesting..: Question and I can't really answer that, but most likely because of business reasons; that is, I don't think it was marketed that well and also it seems like insurance companies do not want to pay for it. I don't think it's because of how well it works. ...Read more