Quick question; does anyone have any experience with Vortioxetine? It’s also known as Brintellix, and Trintellix. God knows why they give antidepressants such ridiculous names. I almost want to avoid it purely for the fact that they’ve tried to make it sound bright and shiny…
I saw my psychiatrist yesterday and he seems to be very excited about this new antidepressant. He’s very keen for me to try it out. Apparently it works differently to the SSRIs. It doesn’t have the ‘dulling’ effect and I’m told it improves cognitive functioning – therefore helping patients to feel more energised and able to focus.
The NICE website says this about it:
“Vortioxetine is recommended as an option for treating major depressive episodes in adults whose condition has responded inadequately to 2 antidepressants within the current episode.”
That doesn’t give me the greatest confidence. In essence, they’re saying, ‘this drug is a last resort to try out on people who are a lost cause anyway’.
Lately I have written a fair bit about my dilemma over whether to be medicated or not. While I recognise that my symptoms have got worse lately, I’m not going to rush into starting on new drugs. But I’m also not going to rule it out.
I’m particularly dubious about this drug because here in the UK it is so new. I’ve heard it’s been available in the USA for longer, so was wondering if anyone is taking it or has tried it before? It would be great to hear first hand about it, to balance out the ‘hard sell’ I got from my consultant!
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