Posted by joe schmoe on July 27, 2011, at 15:21:47
In reply to Re: Day 26 of Viibryd, posted by mantus on July 27, 2011, at 8:52:19
Had a good night's sleep last night for a change.
In the course of starting Viibryd, I have been cycling on and off tongkat ali and maca as usual. They are still effective, i.e. better sexual sensation and libido when on them than off; they are just more effective than they would have been if I was on Celexa. So I don't think Viibryd by itself is going to get me back to a normal sexual state.
Of course, I am middle aged, so I don't expect to feel 25 again just from quitting celexa, even if I hadn't taken antidepressants for ten years. And I do think the celexa did some permanent damage; I have been off it before, on no AD at all for months at a time, and sexual sensations/libido never returned to what I remember before. I can't expect Viibryd to be better than no AD at all. It's not a sexual stimulant after all, it's an AD. So for those trying it, who see some return of sexual sensations and libido but still want more, I would encourage you to experiment with the various sex-boosters mentioned in this thread and elsewhere.
Also I cycled back onto tongkat ali and maca in the last few days after a week or so off them, and I notice that my sense of taste is affected! Diet sodas now seem sickly sweet while beers have gone from bitter to good-tasting. So I think these herbs or whatever the proper term for them is, have some beneficial effects other than sexual. I think they also can work to correct the oversensitivity to bitter tastes that has been plaguing me the past six months, ruining beer tasting off and on. Don't know why I didn't think of it before, but it is possible my taste experiences have been linked to whether I was "on" or "off" in the herb cycling.
This probably isn't an issue unless you like to consume bitter foods like beer, dark chocolate, coffee, grapefruit etc. but if you find they taste worse on ssris, well, it's no accident. As I mentioned in the first post in this thread, this study found ssris greatly increase the taste sensation of bitterness.
Maybe these supplements are the answer to that problem. I will try to keep track and correlate beer taste with supplement cycling and see.
By the way I have gained weight on Viibryd. Seems to make me hungrier most of the time, especially for sweets. I'm going to have to really watch it if I don't want to balloon up - losing weight will be no joke if this continues.