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Vilazodone is used in the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and phobia

How it works

Vilazodone works in depression by increasing the levels of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is one of the chemical messengers in the brain that helps in regulating mood.

Common side effects

Flatulence, Abdominal bloating, Diarrhoea, Abdominal pain, Dizziness, Headache, Drowsiness, Dry mouth, Gastroenteritis, Gastrointestinal discomfort, Vomiting, Nausea, Indigestion, Insomnia

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Expert advice

  • Avoid consuming alcohol when taking the Vilazodone, as it may cause excessive drowsiness and calmness.
  • The risk of dependence is minimal with the Vilazodone.
  • The most common side effect seen with Vilazodone is nausea, vomiting followed by diarrhea. On long-term use, the patient might develop sexual side effects, but they are reversible.
  • Do not discontinue or increase/decrease the dose without consulting the doctor.
  • You may have to take Vilazodone at least for 2 to 3 weeks or longer before you begin to feel better.
  • Notify your doctor if you feel unusually agitated, irritable, or have thoughts about hurting or killing yourself.
  • Vilazodone should be taken preferably during the day to keep the mood alleviated during the day.
  • During the treatment initially signs of anxiety may be seen in some patients.

Frequently asked questions


Q. Is vilazodone a narcotic?
No, vilazodone is not a narcotic

Q. Does vilazodone help in anxiety?
Yes, vilazodone helps in relieving anxiety symptoms in patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).

Content on this page was last updated on 10 January, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)