Viibryd vs. Celexa

Are Viibryd and Celexa the Same Thing?

Viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) and Celexa (citalopram hydrobromide) are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) type antidepressants used to treat depression.

Side effects of Viibryd and Celexa that are similar include diarrhea, nausea, and sleep problems (insomnia).

Side effects of Viibryd that are different from Celexa include vision changes and vomiting.

Side effects of Celexa that are different from Viibryd include constipation, upset stomach, decreased sexual desire, impotence, difficulty having an orgasm, dizziness, drowsiness, tiredness, dry mouth, increased sweating or urination, weight changes, and cold symptoms (such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, or cough).

Both Viibryd and Celexa may interact with alcohol, other drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing (sleeping pills, narcotics, prescription cough medicines, muscle relaxers, or medicines for anxiety or seizures), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), other antidepressants, St. John's wort, blood thinners, medicines to treat psychiatric disorders, and migraine headache medicines.

Viibryd may also interact with diuretics (water pills), mephenytoin, and medicines to treat ADHD or narcolepsy.

Celexa may also interact with lithium, tacrolimus, tramadol, L-tryptophan, arsenic trioxide, vandetanib, antibiotics, anti-malaria medications, heart rhythm medications, HIV/AIDS medications, medicine to prevent or treat nausea and vomiting, and stomach acid reducers.

Do not stop using Viibryd or Celexa suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Viibryd?

Common side effects of Viibryd include:

  • diarrhea,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting, and
  • sleep problems (insomnia).

Contact your doctor if you have serious side effects of Viibryd including:

  • 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,
  • loss of coordination,
  • fainting,
  • overactive reflexes,
  • very stiff (rigid) muscles,
  • sweating,
  • confusion,
  • fast or uneven heartbeats,
  • tremors,
  • lightheadedness,
  • racing thoughts,
  • risk-taking behavior,
  • decreased inhibitions,
  • feelings of extreme happiness or sadness,
  • extreme thirst with headache,
  • weakness,
  • trouble concentrating,
  • memory problems,
  • confusion,
  • seizures (convulsions), or
  • shallow breathing.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Celexa?

Common side effects of Celexa include:

  • headache,
  • abdominal pain,
  • indigestion,
  • diarrhea,
  • nausea,
  • upset stomach,
  • bloating,
  • gas,
  • dizziness,
  • nervousness,
  • headache,
  • runny or stuffy nose,
  • sore throat,
  • skin rash, and
  • insomnia.

Celexa may cause serious stomach and intestinal ulcers.

What Is Viibryd?

Viibryd is a prescription medicine used to treat depression. It is important to talk with your healthcare provider about the risks of treating depression and also the risks of nottreating it. You should discuss all treatment choices with your healthcare provider.

Viibryd is used to treat:

  • Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Bulimia Nervosa*
  • Panic Disorder*
  • Depressive episodes associated with Bipolar I Disorder, taken with olanzapine (Zyprexa)
  • Treatment Resistant Depression (depression that has not gotten better with atleast 2 other treatments), taken with olanzapine (Zyprexa)*

*Not approved for use in children

Talk to your healthcare provider if you do not think that your condition is getting betterwith Viibryd treatment.

What Is Celexa?

Celexa used to treat pain and redness, swelling, and heat (inflammation) from medical conditions such as different types of arthritis, menstrual cramps, and other types of short-term pain.

What Drugs Interact With Viibryd?

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.

It is not known if Viibryd is safe and effective in children.

What Drugs Interact With Celexa?

Do not take Celexa:

  • if you have had an asthma attack, hives, or other allergic reaction with aspirin or any other NSAIDs.
  • right before or after heart bypass surgery.

How Should Viibryd Be Taken?

Take Viibryd exactly as prescribed. Your healthcare provider may need to change the dose of Viibryd until it is the right dose for you.

  • Take Viibryd with food. Viibryd may not work as well if you take it on an empty stomach.
  • If you miss a dose of Viibryd, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the regular time. Do not take two doses of Viibryd at the same time.
  • If you take too much Viibryd, call your healthcare provider or poison control center at 1-800-222-1222 right away, or get emergency treatment.

How Should Celexa Be Taken?

Carefully consider the potential benefits and risks of Celexa and other treatment options before deciding to use Celexa. Use the lowest effective dosage for the shortest duration consistent with individual patient treatment goals.


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