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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

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Is viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) a good medication for depression?

Is viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) a good medication for depression?

Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride): It is fairly new, produced by same company that makes Lexapro (escitalopram) (forest) & it seems to work for some, with few side-effects, if dosed correctly as per package insert (10 mg. Then 20 then 40 per day). ...Read more

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Is a highly serotonergic medication such as viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) more prone to cause sedation or stimulation?

Is a highly serotonergic medication such as viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) more prone to cause sedation or stimulation?

Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride): The side effect profile of this medication is more stimulating than sedating. However, individuals vary, and some do have sedation side effects with this medication. ...Read more

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I know brintellix and viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) are both very new. Is it safe to try such new medication without there being alot of studies done? Side effects?

I know brintellix and viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) are both very new. Is it safe to try such new medication without there being alot of studies done? Side effects?

Yes: For a medication to be sold in the USA, it has to be approved by the FDA, (federal drug administration), which makes the Drug Co. Go thru very rigorous trials to prove they are effective and "save" in human subjects. But as the drugs are tested in a limited amount of individuals, when ten of thousands of patients try them they could have more rare or idiosyncratic adverse effects. ...Read more

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Is there a medication that can be taken with viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) to help imporve (actually bring back) my sex drive? I have listed my medications. Thank you

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Is there a medication that can be taken with viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) to help imporve (actually bring back) my sex drive? I have listed my medications. Thank you

Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride): Although I don't have the list of all your medications, it would be best to discuss options with your prescribing doctor. There are several medications to add on or replace viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) if side effects are an issue. ...Read more

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I just started viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride). I am weaning off pristiq. I have been having severe headaches. Could the new medication cause this? Or from decreasing pristiq?

I just started viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride). I am weaning off pristiq. I have been having severe headaches. Could the new medication cause this? Or from decreasing pristiq?

Headache from meds: There are many causes of severe headache. Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) can cause headaches as can weaning from pristiq. But, interestingly, viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) has also been used to avoid the Pristiq related headache issue! Contacting the doctor who prescribed these medications is vital so that the doctor can immediately diagnose and treat the cause of the "severe headache" which may or may not be related to medication use. ...Read more

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Is it true viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) causes seizures like wellbutrin does? I never had seizures bit don't want a medication that can cause one. How about brintellix?

Is it true viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) causes seizures like wellbutrin does? I never had seizures bit don't want a medication that can cause one. How about brintellix?

Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) & seizures?: It's probably an oversimplification to say that viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) "causes" seizures. In some small percentage of the population, it can decrease seizure threshold. Although, it should be noted that most anti-depressants, albeit to widely varying degrees, decrease seizure threshold. The best thing to do is discuss your particular concerns & your risk/ benefit & side effect profile with your prescribing MD. ...Read more

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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

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On viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) for 6 months. Its a weird drug. Is the fda going to lower the max. Dose to 20 rather than 40-have you heard cases of ser. Synd on it?

On viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) for 6 months. Its a weird drug. Is the fda going to lower the max. Dose to 20 rather than 40-have you heard cases of ser. Synd on it?

Drug interactions: All drugs are monitored for safety. Side effects, drug interactions are sent to fda to document frequency and severity of them. It is well known that any antidepressant (ssri or snri) may cause serotonin syndrome (ss) if combined with other agents of similar type, or blockers of their metabolic pathways. Therefore, as per your report, combining Luvox and viibryd, (vilazodone hydrochloride) will increase risk of ss. ...Read more

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Any feedback from patients regarding the new prescription viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride). I was put on 20 mg of this newer drug today. Thank you

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Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride): Following the pamphlet instructions, the next dosing would be 40mg. Daily. Review with your md. ...Read more

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Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) seems not to be the blockbuster drug forrest pharmaceutical had hoped for as their follow up to lexapro. Any theories as to why

Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) seems not to be the blockbuster drug forrest pharmaceutical had hoped for as their follow up to lexapro. Any theories as to why

No med is cure: Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) is a unique med that fills a great void in our antidepressant quiver. There are many types of depression. Ssris treat more anxiety symptoms but tend to flatten affect and dull cognition. Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) is activating and is great for people with add and anxiety or who get too flat on ssri. These are different types of depression. No med is best for all types of depression. Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) might be best for people who have abandoned ssris for side effects. ...Read more

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Why hasn't viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) taken off as the new branded blockbuster drug. Such as lexapro, cymbalta etc./is it about side effects-effectiveness-insurance cov.

Why hasn't viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) taken off as the new branded blockbuster drug. Such as lexapro, cymbalta etc./is it about side effects-effectiveness-insurance cov.

Slow marketing: I believe the reason has been somewhat slow marketing and releasing it before proving that it also has effectiveness in anxiety as well. Some of the initial side effects needs to be overcome by taking the initial starter packet and using two of them instead of one so that the upward taper occurs less aggressively. The harder it is to get patient and physician compliance, the harder it is to sell. ...Read more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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

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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

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Iv been feeling aggressive and my recent reckless driving almost caused a bad wreck. Idk why I feel this way. Could it be side effects from viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride)?

Iv been feeling aggressive and my recent reckless driving almost caused a bad wreck. Idk why I feel this way. Could it be side effects from viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride)?

Yes, assuming you: Haven't been this way prior to starting the medication. Anti-depressants can cause agitation, which if not recognized, can balloon into aggression, psychosis, suicidal thoughts, or worse. See your MD very soon, especially if your symptoms escalate more. ...Read more

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Question. Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) has been tough to prescribe because of insurance. A new one brintellix just introduced. What's the good if insurances won't cover the?

Question. Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) has been tough to prescribe because of insurance. A new one brintellix just introduced. What's the good if insurances won't cover the?

New SSRI's: Both viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) and Brintellix are technically ssri's, but they affect more serotonin receptor types than others. Brintellix was just approved in the us in october, but the company claims it may help the cognitive problems of depression more than others, and also have less sexual side effects. You would have to pay the difference out-of-pocket if your insurance did not cover it, though. ...Read more

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Thinking of retrying viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride). Going to 30 of cymbalta from 60 for a week. Stopping cymbalta and starting 20 viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride). Make sense?

Buckle up: I am not sure this will be comfortable for you but everyone is unique! Cymbalta (duloxetine) withdrawal is notorious in terms of how tough it can be although not everyone experiences this. I think your prescribing physician is smart by getting as low as possible with the Cymbalta (duloxetine) prior to the transition. You may want to pour some beads out of the Cymbalta (duloxetine) capsule to get the dose lower before the transition! ...Read more

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Is viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) basically just an ssri plus buspar?

Is viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) basically just an ssri plus buspar?

No: It is not. It still is not known if the 5ht1a effect will effectively treated gad like buspar (buspirone). ...Read more

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Because viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) acts in 2 ways on serotonin. Ssri plus buspar why is it so stimulating?

Because viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) acts in 2 ways on serotonin. Ssri plus buspar why is it so stimulating?

Brains are sensitive: You are correct, the drug Viibyrd (vilazodone) is a serotonin reuptake inhibitor (like Prozac/Lexapro) which results in more serotonin available for the brain to use. Buspar (buspirone) is usually used for anxiety. In some, these two serotonin effects are too much/overstimulating. This effect would be highly individual and would not occur in all taking both drugs. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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Does viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) cause weight gain?

Does viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) cause weight gain?

Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride): There haven't been any reports of weight gain, but people were complaining of weird dreams. ...Read more

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Can you mix Prozac with viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride)?

Can you mix Prozac with viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride)?

No: Both meds increase serotonin -- may result in a serious condition known as serotonin syndrome that may be life threatening. ...Read more

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Need to know is viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) a good antidepressant?

Yes.: Yes, I think so. It is an ssri and also a serotonin agonist so that you increase the amount of serotonin in the synapses which is responsible for the antidepressant effect. However, there are other antidepressants that are just as good, depending on the type of your depression. There are individual responses to different antidepressants. ...Read more

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Does garcinia cambogia interfere with viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride)?

See below: No well known drug interactions are reported of this herb. However, more studies are required. See your md before making changes to your meds. ...Read more

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Please tell me, is viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) a good antidepressant?

Yes: Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) is a relatively new antidepressant, which in my practice, has shown to be very effective with minimal side effects. Time will tell if it is substantially different or better than most of the others on the market. ...Read more

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Can 40mg daily of viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) be safely taken w/garcinia cambogia?

Garcinia cambogia: Has so far no documented interactions with viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride). ...Read more

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On 9mg of invega, 160mg of latuda a day and am extremely tired. How can I counteract it? I am also on 450mg of lamtical and 40mg of viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride).

On 9mg of invega, 160mg of latuda a day and am extremely tired. How can I counteract it? I am also on 450mg of lamtical and 40mg of viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride).

Call your doctor: Combination therapy can be difficult. If you are experiencing significant side effects, call your doctor/provider immediately and schedule a time to review and treat your side effects. ...Read more

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Can serotonin syndrome occur from just taking Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride)? I haven't been on any other medicines prior to this but just upped my dose from 20mg to 40mg.

Can serotonin syndrome occur from just taking Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride)? I haven't been on any other medicines prior to this but just upped my dose from 20mg to 40mg.

Rarely, but possible: "Full blown" serotonin syndrome usually occurs when a patient taking one serotinergic drug is given an additional serotinergic drug. Most patients tolerate the addition, but due to genetic differences in metabolizing drugs, some patients can become toxic>SS. Mild SS might cause just tremor and hyperreflexia. Severe SS>agitation, disorientation, ^pulse, ^^Temp ^BP, Vomiting, diarrhea, ^sweating ...Read more

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Exactly how much food needs to be eaten with viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride)....I've read where peanut butter is a good choice...Confusing because most ssri's need no food?

Exactly how much food needs to be eaten with viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride)....I've read where peanut butter is a good choice...Confusing because most ssri's need no food?

PNB probably good: Peanut butter (pnb) is, as I see it, an almost wonder food when eaten with other healthy foods and in amounts that do not push you over an appropriate calorie count for your level of physical activity. There are a lot of calories in a relatively small amount of pnb. About a tsp of pnb may be enough to help with nausea from viibryd; but if not, pnb on a small piece of bread may help better. ...Read more