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#1 quartz65

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 07:14 AM

I am trying to taper off of Viibryd because I am just really tired of being on it. The sexual side effects are not worth it because I honestly don't think the med is really doing all that well for my other symptoms. At this point I am not even sure it is doing much of anything in that regard.

My question is this. Has anyone tapered down to a lower dose or to nothing at all? It seems like the 2 times I went down in dose I feel like I am having some sort of allergic reaction. I am itchy everywhere, almost like I am having an allergy attack, it is driving me crazy. I also seem to get hot flashes or I am just hot all the time.

I know there is not a lot of info on withdrawl symptoms from this med because it is so new. If anyone has had any experiences getting off of Viibryd I would love to here from you.
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Posted 21 November 2011 - 02:13 PM

I was on Viibryd only 5 weeks and got a rash (it wasn't itchy, just red, flat and dry) on my face caused by the med. Rash started after 2 weeks and didn't go away until I was off Viibryd. The first 2 days 1/2 pill and then switched to Pristiq. Rash went away almost immediately. I had a little anxiety, but it passed in a few days with the rash. Of course, everyone is different, but it looks to me that you could have gotten the rash from Viibryd, not form quitting it. I didn't like Viibryd any more than any other SSRI and I had more anxiety on it than f.ex. Lexapro.

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Posted 26 November 2011 - 11:11 PM

i am currently tapering off. i was having myoclonic jerks on the med and it was effecting my coordination. was on for a little over a month at full dose. took a tumble down stairs and coordination continually being off now tapering. i am now on 20mg. sucks. i am tired. my head hurts. vision is blurry and i feel dizzy and confused. still jerking. good luck, keep in contact with doctor.
i have never done well with SSRIs - this confirms it for me.
i have been drinking a lot of green tea - for energy and water and resting.

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 06:48 PM

I have problems with panic attacks, GAD, social anxiety and depression.

I am currently taking Celexa 40 mg, Buspar 60 mg, Xanax 1mg XR.

I recently tapered down to zero on Viibryd. I haven't taken any Viibryd in three days now. While tapering down on Vibryd, I've increased Celexa to 40 mg and Buspar to 60 mg.

The reason I tried Viibryd was that for some people it seems to have reduced sexual effects compared to SSRI. I previously took Celexa a while back. This completely killed my sexual ability--both ED and ability to ejaculate. I did some research on the internet, and found that adding Buspar to an SSRI may reduce or eliminate the SSRI sexual side effects. So I decided to ask my psychiatrist to let me try Celexa + Buspar. So I have been ramping up on them for several weeks.

I was able to have an orgasm this morning for the first time in a month! So this may be working!


Viibryd did, in fact, help with depression and anxiety, but for me the sexual side effects were every bit as bad as Celexa taken alone. Reducing Viibryd resulted in diarrhea (maybe, or I had stomach flu...not sure which), mild episodes of increased anxiety and depression.

Other people may have an entirely different reaction to Viibryd. This was my experience.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:13 PM

I am day 3 of no vibryyd from 40mg and onto 60 mg of prozac. I am a mess. Tired, yet not sleeping deeply at night.
I am a walking moron. I am argumentative and could be convinced that I am the root of all my husbands issues.
I am snappy and just plain not good to be around.
How long will this last?
I have thanksgiving to deal with for gods sake!!
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Posted 18 November 2013 - 07:07 PM

I am tapering down from 20 mg to 10 mg of Viibryd (on week no. 2) and I am tired as hell. Blergh...


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Posted 14 January 2016 - 03:53 PM

Every time I try to taper from 20 to 10 of viibryd, I end up having to take another 10 in the middle of the day. Mainly because feel like shit. Today has been a horrible day. I have been trying to transition to brintellix and even though I have only started on 5mg all I want to do is sleep and am in a terrible mood. I hope this is not an indication of how this drug is going to affect me. I am even thinking of skipping it tomorrow because I have 5 patients to see and I cannot be this way. And resume the 5mg of brintellix on Saturday when I am off.
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Other Meds I take: Gabapentin 300-600 PRN, Tramadol 50mg PRN, Zyprexa 2.5 PRN(stopped for now due to weight gain), Levothyroxine 0.137mg, Doxilamine 50mg alternating, Diphenhydramine 50mg alternating,Ambien (emergency only since it puts me in a horrible mood the next day)

Past meds that didn't work or pooped out SSRI/SNRI:  Luvox,Paxil,Prozac (worsening of depression),Cymbalta(sedation, didn't work),Lexapro-(took for 2-4 years: then pooped out),Pristiq,Remeron(mania,hunger)Fetzima(anger,irritable,panic attacks,hypomania)Symbiax.Viibryd (horrible weight gain, stomach looked 6 mos pregnant due to severe bloating, but good for anxiety, ok for depression)Brintellix(hypomania, anger, irritability,agitation)Zoloft (weight gain but don't know what else to take)

AAP's that failed: Abilify,Seroquel,Perphenazine,Saphris (worked at first. took for 2 and a half years but caused depression)Risperdal(horrible experience)
All time favorites worked best: Effexor XR(pooped out after like 10 years) 

 Zyprexa(still my go to prn) but makes me gain weight :(
Mood stabilizers: Lamictal(allergic developed Steven Johnson) Trileptal(manic and bad rash), Depakote(short trial)Topomax(anxiety and panic)
other:  Atarax, Buspar, Trazodone(didn't sleep),Klonopin(didnt work even at 2mg),Ativan,Lunesta,Restoril (didn't work),estazolam(didn't work),valium,melatonin,Flurazepam(daytime tiredness)


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Posted 18 January 2016 - 03:35 PM

Viibryd withdrawal has been worse for me than effexor withdrawal. No wonder my pdoc recomended a long taper. I went from 20 to 10 a few days ago and I have been in a terrible mood. Disoriented while driving. Not wanting to see patients. I almost went back on it. But I am tired of the binge eating, weight gain and sexual side effects of this drug. I have 7 10mg pills left. So I am going to take 2 more and then go to every other day for the last 5. I also have been peeing like crazy since I went down to 10, which proves I was retaining alot of fluid. My appetite has also gone down considerably. I cannot wait to be completely off this crap.
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Other Meds I take: Gabapentin 300-600 PRN, Tramadol 50mg PRN, Zyprexa 2.5 PRN(stopped for now due to weight gain), Levothyroxine 0.137mg, Doxilamine 50mg alternating, Diphenhydramine 50mg alternating,Ambien (emergency only since it puts me in a horrible mood the next day)

Past meds that didn't work or pooped out SSRI/SNRI:  Luvox,Paxil,Prozac (worsening of depression),Cymbalta(sedation, didn't work),Lexapro-(took for 2-4 years: then pooped out),Pristiq,Remeron(mania,hunger)Fetzima(anger,irritable,panic attacks,hypomania)Symbiax.Viibryd (horrible weight gain, stomach looked 6 mos pregnant due to severe bloating, but good for anxiety, ok for depression)Brintellix(hypomania, anger, irritability,agitation)Zoloft (weight gain but don't know what else to take)

AAP's that failed: Abilify,Seroquel,Perphenazine,Saphris (worked at first. took for 2 and a half years but caused depression)Risperdal(horrible experience)
All time favorites worked best: Effexor XR(pooped out after like 10 years) 

 Zyprexa(still my go to prn) but makes me gain weight :(
Mood stabilizers: Lamictal(allergic developed Steven Johnson) Trileptal(manic and bad rash), Depakote(short trial)Topomax(anxiety and panic)
other:  Atarax, Buspar, Trazodone(didn't sleep),Klonopin(didnt work even at 2mg),Ativan,Lunesta,Restoril (didn't work),estazolam(didn't work),valium,melatonin,Flurazepam(daytime tiredness)


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Posted 21 January 2016 - 04:31 PM

First day off viibryd. I wish I had done what my friend told me and cut the 10's I had left into 5's and done a week of 5's. My PDOC did a Jeckyl/Hyde on me because first he had recommended a very long taper and I did do a week of 10's. But the last time I spoke to him about an issue with the brintellix I am now taking he said "Just stop the old one and stay on the new one." Maybe he is getting old he is in his 70's and I honestly think I have driven him crazy. So anyway I stupidly threw out the remaining 10's I had left. The result was 2 panic attacks today. Also I cannot eat. I guess that part is not so bad as the viibryd was turning me into a whale. Hopefully tomorrow will be better.
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Other Meds I take: Gabapentin 300-600 PRN, Tramadol 50mg PRN, Zyprexa 2.5 PRN(stopped for now due to weight gain), Levothyroxine 0.137mg, Doxilamine 50mg alternating, Diphenhydramine 50mg alternating,Ambien (emergency only since it puts me in a horrible mood the next day)

Past meds that didn't work or pooped out SSRI/SNRI:  Luvox,Paxil,Prozac (worsening of depression),Cymbalta(sedation, didn't work),Lexapro-(took for 2-4 years: then pooped out),Pristiq,Remeron(mania,hunger)Fetzima(anger,irritable,panic attacks,hypomania)Symbiax.Viibryd (horrible weight gain, stomach looked 6 mos pregnant due to severe bloating, but good for anxiety, ok for depression)Brintellix(hypomania, anger, irritability,agitation)Zoloft (weight gain but don't know what else to take)

AAP's that failed: Abilify,Seroquel,Perphenazine,Saphris (worked at first. took for 2 and a half years but caused depression)Risperdal(horrible experience)
All time favorites worked best: Effexor XR(pooped out after like 10 years) 

 Zyprexa(still my go to prn) but makes me gain weight :(
Mood stabilizers: Lamictal(allergic developed Steven Johnson) Trileptal(manic and bad rash), Depakote(short trial)Topomax(anxiety and panic)
other:  Atarax, Buspar, Trazodone(didn't sleep),Klonopin(didnt work even at 2mg),Ativan,Lunesta,Restoril (didn't work),estazolam(didn't work),valium,melatonin,Flurazepam(daytime tiredness)


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Posted 22 January 2016 - 05:49 AM

10mg/ week taper was OK for me.

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Symptoms:

Affective symptoms: OCD: pure O(in remission for most part).

Reduced Positive Affect: loss of happiness (joy), loss of interest/pleasure, absence of motivation, loss of energy/enthusiasm, decreased concentration, alertness, trouble taking decisions, decreased self-confidence.(residual)

Increased Negative Affect: depressed mood, guilt/disgust, anxiety, hostility,(in remission for most part) loneliness.

Neurocognitive symptoms:lack of visuospatial working memory, reading difficulty/ alexia(misreading words) - neglect alexia, attentional alexia, poor reading comprehension(residual)

Medicines:

Past: fluoxetine, fluoxamine, olanzapine, risperidone, clonazapam, clomipramine, lithium 900mg, bupropion XL 150mg, pristiq XR 100mg, Effexor XR 150mg, 

Best: Fluoxetine, clonazepam, 

Mediocre:Effexor XR, Viibryd, fluoxamine, olanzapine. 

Worst: risperidone, clomipramine, lithium 900mg, bupropion XL 150mg, pristiq XR. 

Nutriceuticals:

Present: L-tyrosine 500mg, curcumin 500mg, Cr picolinate 200mcg, inositol 7.5 g, EPA 2.6g, DHA 400mg, Zn 50mg, Ca citrate 1000mg, collagen type 1&3, biotin 10mg.  

Nutriceuticals I may wish to wish to add: flax oil, biocurcumin 1g, piperine 4mg, green tea 700mg, L-methionine 500mg, NAC 1g, ginkgo biloba, rhodiola, guarana, ...

Past: SAMe400, QH 100, ALC 500, ALA 300, astaxanthin 6mg, PS 100mg, ...

Effective: inositol 7.5 g, EPA 1g, flax oil 2g, SAMe, 5-MTHF, NAC 1g

UselessQH 100, ALC 500, ALA 300, astaxanthin 6mg, PS 100mg, ...

An update:I have been trying meds Bupropion, Lexapro, Pristiq, Effexor, Mirapex, Viibryd with no much effect and horrendous side effects. Got similar SE from sertraline too, it as also worsening my depn. So, I am bit tired and try tinkering with supplements to see if it works especially for my symptoms of reduced +ve affect. If not I always have option of pharmacotherapy. IMO psychiatrists should inform their patients about rarest of rare (but serious) side effects and instruct patients what to do in that case so that patients don't get panic. Alternatively, I am thinking of pharmaco-genetic, pharmaco-EEG tests to screen for better effects(pharmacodynamic genes) and less side effects(pharmacokinetic genes), though these technologies are still in infancy. Adding L-Tyrosine 500mg, increasing EPA by 2g increased my motivation, energy, perseverance but causes anxieties, restlessness and thinking difficulty, memory disturbance.

Drugs I am trying or wish to try in future: Zoloft, Increasing Effexor XL to 225mg, duloxetine, milnacipran, Abilify, Mirapex with low dose AAP, SSRI w atomoxetine, reboxetine, provigil, stimulants, anything on earth to help with my conditions.

 

I may try everything but would be happy to stick with fluoxetine.


#11 Amethyst674

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Posted 22 January 2016 - 01:38 PM

Yes. I am fine now.
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Other Meds I take: Gabapentin 300-600 PRN, Tramadol 50mg PRN, Zyprexa 2.5 PRN(stopped for now due to weight gain), Levothyroxine 0.137mg, Doxilamine 50mg alternating, Diphenhydramine 50mg alternating,Ambien (emergency only since it puts me in a horrible mood the next day)

Past meds that didn't work or pooped out SSRI/SNRI:  Luvox,Paxil,Prozac (worsening of depression),Cymbalta(sedation, didn't work),Lexapro-(took for 2-4 years: then pooped out),Pristiq,Remeron(mania,hunger)Fetzima(anger,irritable,panic attacks,hypomania)Symbiax.Viibryd (horrible weight gain, stomach looked 6 mos pregnant due to severe bloating, but good for anxiety, ok for depression)Brintellix(hypomania, anger, irritability,agitation)Zoloft (weight gain but don't know what else to take)

AAP's that failed: Abilify,Seroquel,Perphenazine,Saphris (worked at first. took for 2 and a half years but caused depression)Risperdal(horrible experience)
All time favorites worked best: Effexor XR(pooped out after like 10 years) 

 Zyprexa(still my go to prn) but makes me gain weight :(
Mood stabilizers: Lamictal(allergic developed Steven Johnson) Trileptal(manic and bad rash), Depakote(short trial)Topomax(anxiety and panic)
other:  Atarax, Buspar, Trazodone(didn't sleep),Klonopin(didnt work even at 2mg),Ativan,Lunesta,Restoril (didn't work),estazolam(didn't work),valium,melatonin,Flurazepam(daytime tiredness)



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