Brintellix (vortioxetine)

Atypical Antidepressants

Brintellix is part of the Atypical Antidepressants class and treats Depression. Atypical antidepressants are used to treat depression, anxiety, and aid in smoking cessation. They work by increasing dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain to elevate mood and decrease nicotine cravings. Brintellix is only available as a brand name drug.

Side effects of Brintellix

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:

Incidence not known

Agitation

blood in the stool or urine

coma

confusion

convulsions

decreased urine output

diarrhea

dizziness

fast or irregular heartbeat

fever

headache

increased thirst

large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs

muscle pain or cramps

nausea or vomiting

nose bleeds

overactive reflexes

poor coordination

red or purple spots on the skin

restlessness

shivering

shortness of breath

sweating

swelling of the face, ankles, or hands

talking or acting with excitement you cannot control

trembling or shaking

twitching

unusual bruising

unusual tiredness or weakness

vomiting blood

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:

More common

Difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)

dry mouth

Less common

Bloated or full feeling

excess air or gas in the stomach or intestines

itching skin

passing gas

unusual dreams

Incidence not known

Acid or sour stomach

belching

blurred vision

change in taste

dizziness or lightheadedness

eye pain

feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings

feeling of warmth

heartburn

indigestion

loss of taste

redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest

sensation of spinning

stomach discomfort, upset, or pain

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.

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