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What is Viibryd used for?

Viibryd is a medication that is prescribed to treat depression. Depression is a mood disorder that involves a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It is different from the mood fluctuations that people regularly experience as a part of life, and it can affect adults, adolescents, and children. This medication may improve your mood, sleep, appetite, and energy level and may help restore your interest in daily living.

You can buy Viibryd online at My Drug Center. We have the Viibryd generic, called Vilazodone, available for purchase as well.


How does Viibryd work?

Viibryd is an oral medication that contains the active ingredient Vilazodone. It is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) and partial serotonin receptor agonist. The Vilazodone dosage in this medication works by helping restore the balance of the neurotransmitter called serotonin, which is a natural substance in the brain. This is a neurotransmitter that has an influence on your moods. Stopping the action of the reuptake (absorption) of it allows more of it to circulate in your brain.

Before taking Viibryd or the Vilazodone generic, read all the instructions and paper work that given to you by your pharmacist. Take your Viibryd dosage orally once a day. Make sure you take it at the same time each day to create a routine for yourself and to ensure an even spread of the Vilazodone dosage in your system. This medication should be taken on a regular basis to have optimal results. The Viibryd dosage that you take will depend on your condition and your age. Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not change or increase your dose.


This drug may make you dizzy. Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) can make you dizzier. Avoid operating heavy machinery, driving a motor vehicle, or performing other dangerous activities until you know how Viibryd affects you. The drug can cause sleepiness and may worsen your ability to make decisions, think clearly, or react quickly. Avoid alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana (cannabis).

Side Effects

Some common Viibryd side effects include:

Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, sexual problems such as erectile dysfunction or decrease in sex drive, insomnia, sleepiness or fatigue, weight gain or weight loss, joint pain, dry mouth, dizziness, and headaches

If any side effects of Vilazodone become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing any side effects. For any serious side effects that occur speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.


What is Viibryd?

Viibryd is a brand-name prescription medication manufactured by Allergan, an Irish-domiciled pharmaceutical company. Allergan got the approval to market Viibryd for the first time in 2011 for the treatment of major depressive disorder, with more than 1 million prescriptions in the United States in 2017. Viibryd is an antidepressant that belongs to the drug class known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs); it is also partially an agonist of the 5HT1A receptor. It comes in the form of a tablet for oral administration, which is then metabolized in the liver and excreted through feces with a half-life of about 25 hours. It is available as the brand-name medication as well as the generic alternative; both can be purchased at My Drug Center, available in 10 (brand only), 20, and 40 mg tablets.


How fast does Viibryd work?

The exact amount of time it takes Viibryd to work will vary between each individual. Certain factors influence how quickly a medication will work, such as your age, weight, genetic make-up, if you have other medical conditions or use other medications, and many others. With so many factors that influence the answer, only a generalized answer can be given. Generally, in the first few weeks of treatment, you should begin to show some improvement in areas such as sleep, energy, or appetite. Improvement in these physical symptoms is a good indication that the medication is working and within a few more weeks, about 6-8 weeks into treatment, further improvement should follow. This may include improvement in depressed mood and lack of interest in activities. Continue taking your medication as directed for the quickest results.


When will generic Viibryd be available?

You can purchase generic Viibryd from the comfort of your own home through My Drug Center. Sold as Vilazodone, the generic for Viibryd can be purchased in 20 and 40 mg tablets in quantities of 50 and 100. For those of you who are unsure about the generic alternatives; they are designed to be just as effective and safe for use and generally much cheaper than the brand-name product. However, we do have the brand-name medication available if you prefer the name-brand medication. Whichever you prefer, you can find it at My Drug Center, available to patients with a valid prescription.


How long do Viibryd side effects last?

Side effects often occur as your body adjusts to the new medication which means that they are usually only temporary. They should subside over time as your body gets use to the medication. It may take up to a few weeks for the side effects to go away. However, certain side effects can sometimes be avoided or alleviated with certain strategies. If side effects bother or worry you, you may be able to speak with a healthcare professional as to what you can do to help your side effects. For example, headaches can often be relived with medications like Tylenol (Acetaminophen), and eating a bland diet can help with diarrhea; keep in mind it is important to always speak with your doctor before trying to treat your side effects with other drugs or certain diets as there may be restrictions within your treatment plan.


What are the most common side effects of Viibryd?

Some of the most common side effects of Viibryd are diarrhea, nausea, and headache, which more than 10% of patients report experiencing. You may also experience vomiting, dry mouth, dizziness, or insomnia, which is experienced by about 1-10% of patients. Keep in mind, though these are the most common, other side effects which have not been listed here may also occur. Most side effects should not alarm you – such as the ones mentioned – as they are a normal response of the body when taking a new medication. However, if they do become unmanageable or do not go away over time, you should consider consulting with your doctor.


When to take Viibryd, morning or night?

The brand manufacture does not specify a specific time to take your dose but it is recommended to take your dose at the same time each day. Taking your dose at a scheduled time each day can help you remember to take your medication as it becomes a routine. Additionally, taking your dose at the same time each day can ensure you have a consistent amount of the drug in your system which helps to boost efficacy. However, keep in mind that your personal factors, such as other medications or medical conditions, may influence when you should take your dose. It is best to discuss with your doctor when you should take your dose for the best results. Follow only the directions given to you by your doctor.


How does Viibryd work?

Viibryd works in association with serotonin, a naturally produced neurotransmitter (chemicals that relay messages from one area of the brain to another) which is sometimes referred to as the “feel good hormone” or the “happy chemical”. Serotonin has many important functions in our bodies such as the contribution of wellbeing and happiness; it is thought to regulate mood, happiness, and anxiety. This hormone can be found in the brain, bowels, and blood platelets. Seeing as serotonin has such an effect on our mood and happiness, many researchers believe that an imbalance of serotonin levels may be the cause of depression. Imbalance of serotonin levels may be the result of low brain cell production of serotonin, lack of receptor sites to receive serotonin, inability of serotonin to reach the receptor sites, or a shortage of the chemical (tryptophan) that produces serotonin. When serotonin sends and completes a chemical message, it is usually reabsorbed back into the nerve cells (known as reuptake). Viibryd works by preventing the reuptake of serotonin, which helps to allow more of the chemical to be available to pass more messages between nearby nerve cells and ultimately maintains a balanced level of serotonin in the brain. This should help improve your mood, sleep, appetite, and energy levels.


How long does Viibryd stay in your system?

The amount of time it takes the medication to clear from your system will vary slightly between each patient. You can find an estimate as to how long it may take by using the half-life of the medication. All medications have a half-life, which measures the amount of time it takes the concentration of the medication to drop by half (50%). If you take the half-life of the medication and multiply it by 5, you will get the estimated time it will take to clear from the system. So, what is the half life of Viibryd? Viibryd has an average half-life of about 25 hours, therefore following your last dose; it could take around 125 hours (a little more than 5 days) to completely clear from your system.


How do I know if Viibryd is working?

The best way to see if your medication is working is to determine what is not working.  There are a few different signs to watch for, such as; zero relief from your depressive symptoms, worsening of your depression, experiencing sudden energy but still feeling down, being overwhelmed by side effects, or suffering from violent mood swings. However, do keep in mind that antidepressants are not magic pills that work instantly, most antidepressants require time to slowly work towards your depression. It can take up to 8 weeks for clinical improvement to occur. Try to be patient with your treatment plan and, if after several weeks, you do not feel like the medication is working to its full effect, consult with your doctor. There may be a better suited medication for you, as many patients have to try a few different medications before they find the one that works best for them.


How much does Viibryd cost?

Viibryd is categorized as a tier 4 drug in the United States, which is one of the most expensive tiers of the Medicare drug formulary. Drugs are categorized into each tier based on several factors such as: drug cost, availability, alternate drug options that are used for the same treatment, and a variety of other factors. Specialty drugs, which are tier 5 drugs, are some of the most expensive medications available, often used for rare or complex conditions such as cancer. Viibryd is only one tier below these drugs, putting it high on the list of expensive medications. Even if you have insurance, the medication can still be considered expensive in the United States, but there are cheaper alternate options available. Internationally, many medications – including Viibryd – can be found for a much more reasonable price than that of the United States. Online Canadian pharmacies such as My Drug Center make it possible for you to take advantage of these alternate international options, allowing for an easy way to fill your prescription while providing more cost-effective options. For example, we carry Vilazodone (generic Viibryd) for $145.00 when you buy a supply of 50 tablets. In the United States, 50 tablets of Viibryd would cost you four times as much. We also carry brand-name medication at My Drug Center, both the brand and generic are available to patients with a valid prescription.


How long has Viibryd been on the market?

Viibryd is still fairly new to the medical world, only being approved in the United States in 2011.  It was May 2010 when Clinical Data (a global biotechnology company that Viibryd is licensed by) submitted a new drug application for Viibryd, which was approved the following day. Shortly after, in November of 2010, Clinical Data announced the issuance of a patent for Viibryd. In 2015, just 4 years following the initial approval of Viibryd for the treatment of the major depressive disorder, it was further approved for a lower therapeutic dose of 20mg. By 2017, there were more than one million prescriptions written for Viibryd, making it the 285th most commonly prescribed medication in the United States at the time.

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