Off Viibryd

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Dawn Gearhart Says:


I have been on viibryd for one pack. I just refilled the 40 for the.next time. At the beginning it was good until I got to 40.now all I do is cry all day long every day. I pray and pray for the crying to go away. I want off viibryd asap. What is the best wayto go?. I could taper a little or a lot because I haven't been on it that long. And then just stay on the Xanax. What does anyone think?



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David Says:

Usually for drugs like this the safest way to stop taking them is to tapper off them, if possible. Some medications can be taken in fractions (actually cut into pieces) and these smaller pieces can be taken in place of the regular dose for a period of several weeks until the body is no longer dependent upon them. Although I would personally suggest that your doctor be the one who monitors your tapering dosage and schedule. Without a way to track your progress, tapering can sometimes be much more difficult than it needs to be.

As far as Xanax goes, I personally haven't tried it. But others here on the site seem to have mixed reviews on whether or not the benefits of taking it outweigh the risk of serious side effects and abuse.

See more Xanax reviews here: Discuss/Long-term-High-dose-Xanax-effects-190346.htm

I hope this advice helps!

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Marie Says:
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I was finally able to get off of Viibryd w/ Prozac. HTH!

New info....
Viibryd warning: Legal action is in the works due to it causing SLEEP PARALYSIS & other serious side effects. Especially a severe form of discontinuation syndrome!!! Forest Labs (now under a new name?) refuses to acknowledge the sleep paralysis, but it is a problem for many. More to come!

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Wendi Says:

I am a chronic pain patient due to an incomplete spinal cord injury. Depression is a natural part of chronic pain and after little success with Effexor and Zoloft, my doctor suggested Viibryd. I started it 3 months ago....10mg to 20mg to 40mg...at first, it was great, I felt alive, happy, involved. Then at 40mg daily, all I did was cry. I didn't have a reason, I just cried. Add to that I fell asleep at the drop of a hat, it was like taking multiple power naps through the day without wanting to. And I rarely slept through the night, averaging 4 hours. I tapered off of the drug over the past month...40mg to 20mg to 10mg...now, I'm drowsy all the time. I can drink a pot of coffee and go to sleep with the last cup in my hand. The crying has gotten worse. I feel like the whole world is against me. I don't want to spend the holidays with my family. I just want to give up on life completely. Yet, I am intelligent enough to know that these are only side effects of the drug.

I have to fight really hard mentally to not let these feelings overtake me...to not let them ruin my marriage...to not let them destroy my life. Often, I have caught myself asking God to just take me home...to take me out of this world so I no longer have to feel these horrible feelings and subject my family to the monster I've become! I also have a lot of long talks with myself, reminding myself that I am a good person and this will all go away soon....even if not soon enough! I read a blog recently, the writer saying it took him 3 months to feel "normal". I wake up every day praying that today will be the day that "normal", whatever that is, is what I feel.

I'm not sure what a "brain zap" is, though I've read it in several messages here. And, being a chronic pain patient, I'm not really sure if I've had any numbness or tingling due to Viibryd...I feel that all the time. All I know for certain is that I can't wait to get this medication out of my system. And I don't think I could ever be convinced to take another like it. I will struggle, yes, but I will turn to my faith in God to get me through. I have to treat this as a "mind over matter" situation and determine to overcome without a "synthetic fix". Every medication that has been listed in various legal cases or are currently termed as unsafe were once approved and supported by the FDA. And the list of failed meds is growing every year. I pray that all of you can find a way to overcome the use of Viibryd and any other SSRI. I certainly wouldn't recommend any of them.

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Marie Says:
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Wendi,

You're not going anywhere! Life is too short & God isn't done with you yet! :)

Can I ask how you injured your spinal cord? Back pain is brutal...the unimaginable...and praying you find relief.

I know the narcolepsy like sleepiness that you are experiencing. That does go away. Have you ever tried Cymbalta? I was on Zoloft during chemo, then Wellbutrin, then Viibryd, then Prozac, then Cymbalta (I have nerve pain) & it worked wonders for back pain for me (Spondolythesis) but the neuropathy is still painful. The only side effect of Cymbalta is daytime fatigue. But not as tired as Zyrtec makes me! I was so desperate to get off of the 40 mg. of Prozac that I was only on for a few mos. that after 2 days of the 30 mg. of Cymbalta, I went up to 60 mg. But then with the fatigue I began taking my dose back down to about 20 mg! I am really trying to find my energy again. Someone said in a post that they lost the energy to reach for their Cymbalta. I know how that feels. The no desire to do anything sucks, but I am able to approach situations calmly & it worked great to silence the neg. thoughts & fears. Panic attacks have hit since I cut back. Supplementing with 20mg Prozac to make sure I don't have any nasty d/c symptoms that people talk about w/ CYM.

You must've not need on Vii long enough to be greeted by the demons in your sleep! Lucky you! I had about 2 dreams about bugs everywhere on Cym. That's it. Gotta laugh, right!?

Regarding Thanksgiving. I don't care about it either. You are far from alone. Hang in there. Funny thing about Cym. is its like a truth serum med. I've read b4 about how someone on Cym. wished they had more control over their words. Well, it has actually been kind of nice being more open. It's therapeutic & just like we are sharing here, you need someone to talk to. Be good to yourself!

Hugs! :)

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neloh Says:

First and foremost... call your Dr. and share you experience. Many of us have fund Viibryd at the 40 mg level too much. Talk to your Dr. about going back to 20 mg. Do not this without talking to your Dr. They need to be kept in the loop! They are your partner in this and communication is vital to finding a successful combination for your symptoms.

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Spotsy Says:

Oh please dont suggest anyone try cymbalta! It has been the worst anti-depressant of all to get off of so far and I have been on many! Zoloft had bad withdrawal effects buts cymbalta has devastating effects.

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