Vilazodone is used to treat depression. It is an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) and partial serotonin receptor agonist. It works by helping to restore the balance of certain natural substances in the brain (neurotransmitters such as serotonin). This medication may improve your mood, sleep, appetite, and energy level and may help restore your interest in daily living.
||Antidepressant medications are used to treat a variety of conditions, including depression and other mental/mood disorders. These medications can help prevent suicidal thoughts/attempts and provide other important benefits. However, studies have shown that a small number of people (especially people younger than 25) who take antidepressants for any condition may experience worsening depression, other mental/mood symptoms, or suicidal thoughts/attempts. Therefore, it is very important to talk with the doctor about the risks and benefits of antidepressant medication (especially for people younger than 25), even if treatment is not for a mental/mood condition.
||Instruct patients to take VIIBRYD with food. When initiating treatment with VIIBRYD the dose should be titrated.
Instruct patients not to take VIIBRYD with an MAOI or within 14 days of stopping an MAOI and to allow 14 days after stopping VIIBRYD before starting an MAO
|Drug Special Care
||Do not use vilazodone if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) in the last 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur, leading to serious side effects.
before you take vilazodone, tell your doctor if you have liver or kidney disease, a bleeding or blood clotting disorder, seizures, bipolar disorder, low levels of sodium in your blood, or a history of drug abuse or suicidal thoughts.
|Drug Drug Interactions
||Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.
|Drug Pregnancy Interaction
||Since untreated depression can be a serious condition, do not stop taking this medication unless directed by your doctor. If you are planning pregnancy, become pregnant, or think you may be pregnant, immediately discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using this medication during pregnancy.
|Drug Breast feeding Interaction
||It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
|Drug Machinery Interaction
||You should not drive, operate heavy machinery, or do other dangerous activities
|Drug More Information
||VIIBRYD is a prescription medicine used to treat a certain type of depression called Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). It is important to talk with your healthcare provider about the risks of treating depression and also the risk of not treating it. You should discuss all treatment choices with your healthcare provider.
Talk to your healthcare provider if you do not think that your condition is getting better with VIIBRYD treatment.
|How to take the
||to be taken orally
||Usual Adult Dose for Depression:
For major depressive disorder (MDD):
Initial dose of 10 mg orally once daily for 7 days, followed by 20 mg orally once daily for an additional 7 days, and then increased to 40 mg orally once daily.
||Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking vilazodone and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth with food as directed by your doctor, usually once daily.
|Excess Drug Consumption
||If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US National Poison Hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.
|Forgot Drug Consumption
||If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
|Stop Drug Consumption
||tell your healthcare provider if you stop taking the medicine
||All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome
|Common Drug Side Effects
easy bruising, unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum), blood in your urine or stools, purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin;
agitation, hallucinations, fever, fast heart rate, overactive reflexes, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of coordination, fainting;
very stiff (rigid) muscles, high fever, sweating, confusion, fast or uneven heartbeats, tremors, overactive reflexes, feeling like you might pass out;
racing thoughts, unusual risk-taking behavior, decreased inhibitions, feelings of extreme happiness or sadness; or
extreme thirst with headache, nausea, vomiting, weakness, trouble concentrating, memory problems, confusion, fainting, seizure, shallow breathing or breathing that stops.
|Rare Drug Side Effects
||diarrhea; mild nausea; or
sleep problems (insomnia).
|Very Rare Drug Side Effects
|Drug Side Effects Symptoms
|How to Store the
|How to Store the Medicine
||Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.