Viibryd (vilazodone), one of the newer antidepressant drugs on the market used to treat major depressive disorder (MDD), is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). Like some of the other commonly prescribed antidepressants used for this condition, Viibryd’s mechanism of action prevents the reuptake (reabsorption) of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is one of the chemicals that affects mood and, when not in balance, mood disorders typically manifest in an individual. In addition to the blocking of serotonin reuptake, Viibryd also acts like serotonin at certain brain receptors. This combined effect has made Viibryd more helpful for some individuals who have had little success with other forms of antidepressant drugs.
Side effects are common with any mood-altering drug and Viibryd is no exception. They can include palpitations, vivid dreams, nightmares, insomnia, panic attacks, agitation, restlessness, worsening depression, anxiety, high or low blood pressure, muscle twitching, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, tremor, confusion, seizure, suicidal thoughts, and convulsion. Despite these, Viibryd is sometimes favored for use as, unlike other similar drugs, it does not cause sexual side effects.
Addiction to Viibryd is not typical but can occur. Many people taking antidepressants decide to stop using the medication once they feel better. Withdrawing from Viibryd use should not be done suddenly as that can cause a wave of side effects to kick in – including relapsing to the original mental state prior to use. As a result, use is started again and a cycle to addiction has formed.
If you know someone who is struggling with Viibryd addiction, The Recovery Village can provide help. Check out our frequently asked questions about Viibryd or call the confidential, toll-free hotline to speak with a specialist to learn more about treatment options.