Viibryd | Vilazodone, is a new anti-depressant (2011) made by Forest Laboratories, Inc. It is the latest member of a class of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s) and is similar in function to drugs like Prozac (fluoxetine), Zoloft (sertraline), and Celexa (citalopram). One major difference that the makers of Viibryd have tried to stress is that this medication, unlike other ssris, does not have negative sexal side effects.
Viibryd is only FDA approved for the treatment of depression, though this may be due to the relative newness of the drug. Health care providers may prescribe Viibryd for such off-label uses as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), as well as other disorders commonly treated by ssris and other anti depressants.
To treat depression, Viibryd is taken once daily with food. Initial dosing should start at 10 mg a day and can be increased to the maximum recommended daily adult dose of 40 mg a day. If you feel drowsy when taking Viibryd, its best that you take it before bedtime. If it keeps you awake, go ahead and take it in the morning with breakfast.
Studies on older patients have shown no significant differences in the recommended dosage between them and younger patients, though special precautions should be taken when taking this drug if you have certain medical conditions as Viibryd may lower blood sodium.
As aslways, remember to discuss with your doctor all questions and concerns you may have about Viibryd.
No one knows exactly how Viibryd relieves the symptoms of depression and related disorders. It is believed that the medication works by inhibiting the reuptake of serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, or chemical that is used in the process of sending messages from one nerve cell to another. When a message travels through a nerve, the nerve ending releases serotonin. When serotonin gets to the next nerve cell in the chain, receptors are activated and the message continues along the line. The cell that released the serotonin then reabsorbs any residual chemical that is in the gap. This is called “reuptake.” Under normal circumstances, this process occurs without any problems.
When there is not enough serotonin between nerve cells, disorders such as depression or anxiety may occur. Viibryd blocks the reuptake of serotonin so that more of it remains in between the brain’s nerve cells. Serotonin then has a better chance of activating the chemical receptors on the next nerve cell. This is believed to enhance mood and alleviate some of the symptoms of your OCD or social anxiety.