Brintellix

Atypical Antidepressants

Vortioxetine (vor tee OX e teen) is used to treat depression.

Side effects of Brintellix

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.

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

change in taste

dizziness or lightheadedness

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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