Vilazodone Side Effects
What should I watch for?
Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not get better or if they get worse. Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Because it may take several weeks to see the full effects of this medicine, it is important to continue your treatment as prescribed by your doctor.
Patients and their families should watch out for new or worsening thoughts of suicide or depression. Also watch out for sudden changes in feelings such as feeling anxious, agitated, panicky, irritable, hostile, aggressive, impulsive, severely restless, overly excited and hyperactive, or not being able to sleep. If this happens, especially at the beginning of treatment or after a change in dose, call your health care professional.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy, and drinking plenty of water may help. Contact your doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.
Common and Rare Side Effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Actions that are out of control
burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
chest pain or discomfort
fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet
talking, feeling, and acting with excitement
trembling or shaking of the hands or feet
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
Abdominal or stomach pain
aching or discomfort in the lower legs or sensation of crawling in the legs
acid or sour stomach
bloated or full feeling
change in taste
decreased interest in sexual intercourse
difficulty with moving
excess air or gas in the stomach or intestines
headache, severe and throbbing
inability to have or keep an erection
increased or decreased appetite
loss in sexual ability, desire, drive, or performance
loss of appetite
loss of taste
muscle pain or stiffness
not able to have an orgasm
pain in the joints
relaxed and calm
sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
stomach discomfort or upset
unusual tiredness or weakness
Incidence not known
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.