Well, allow me to update you a bit on my first 6 days on Viibryd. The good news is, it has definitely stopped the side effects from the Lexapro withdrawal! Thank goodness. And mentally, I feel great. After stopping the Lexapro, I didn't slip back into depression per se, but I was VERY irritable and just generally not happy. But I feel MUCH more psychologically balanced even in this first week! So that's excellent. The nausea has also subsided. HOWEVER.....
I'm experiencing TERRLBE restlessness and insomnia. When I started the Lexapro, I dealt with Restless Leg Syndrome for about the first 2 weeks or so but it eventually passed. It's back. And this time, it's not just my legs it's my entire body! It's like Restless Body Syndrome, if there is such a thing. I even tried taking a sedative the other night along with Gabapentin (which my doctor prescribed to me when I was suffering from RLS) and all that happens is I get EXTREMELY tired but I cannot for the life of me fall asleep because I can't stay in one position longer than 1-2 minutes. It gets so bad that all I can do is thrash around violently in my bed to try and "get it out". It's terrible. When I do eventually fall asleep, I wake up every hour or so STILL agitated. It's just awful. I'm assuming (and HOPING TO GOD) it's transient as it was when I started the Lexapro. But if it's not gone in another week or so I'm going to call my doctor again.
What's strange is, I started anti depressants (many different kinds) when I was 16 and stopped when I was 23. During that time, these meds didn't seem to effect me very much, positively or negatively. I definitely felt "better", but I was so screwed up (mostly with bulimia) that it was almost like my body didn't know WHAT to do! Or I just didn't notice negative or positive changes because I was too busy being ill. But I most definitely never had any extreme side effects. Now I'm 26, back on meds for the first time in 3 years (while still battling bi-polar and depression, I'm in a much more "together" state of mind) my body is responding so differently. The positive effects are VERY noticeable which is great. But I'm also dealing with side effects that I NEVER had before when I was on some of these same meds years ago. It's strange. I guess it's just a matter of my chemistry changing?
Anyway, now I'm just venting. But I did want to give an update on the Viibryd! All in all, GREAT!....minus the restless body :(