Trying Brintellix

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Mary Says:


I have been quickly tapered off of Pristiq 200 mg....and now am on Brintellix 10 mg. (Total time of taper 2 weeks) I feel like I have the flu. I hate trying new meds and wish there was something that would make these flu like symptoms go away! (Headache, queasy yet having horrible carb cravings, a weird sensation-aches)



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Verwon Says:

Hello, Mary! How are you?

Most likely, you're experiencing both some withdrawal effects and some side effects, at the same time and it will probably take a couple of weeks, before they taper off and things start to improve.

Learn more Brintellix details here.

The Brintellix is fairly new and its side effects may include headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and dizziness….which explains most of your flu-like symptoms.

Was the Pristiq no longer working for you?

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Mary Says:

Hi. No I liked the Pristiq well enough, however I have terrible memory issues. My doc said the Brintellix is supposed to have some positive qualities related to memory. Otherwise...no way....hate changing meds : /

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Janice Says:

OMG I feel exactly as you do! Off the Pristiq and on Brintellix. Feel like s***. Yes, very much like the flu. Some days are better than others. Today is bad, bad, bad. My doctor added a low dose of Prozac that he says will get me over the hump. Geeez, I hope so. This is just awful.

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Vicky Says:
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Janice, how are you now? Are the flu symptoms gone and are you still on the med... ? I'm only on day 5 of Brintellix 2.5mg and yes that 1/4 a 10 mg pill. I'm so sensitive to meds and I feel like I'm going to die... or vomit.. ! Thank you!

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lexy Says:

I will be trying Brintellix soon also at 2.5mg. How are you doing now?

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Katleen Says:

I was put on Brintellix for coping with severe depression and within short days I felt more alert and 'content' with no sleeping problems. So I researched about it and read a review of Brintellix on Consumer Health Digest and found it helpful. Still I haven’t experienced any major side effects other than anxiety and feel my new self.

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Viber Says:

How are you doing with Brintellix? I was switched off of Viibryd since it wasn't really working well..the switch to 10 mg was difficult from Viibryd from withdrawal.

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Conita Says:

have been taking 50 mg pristiq for years and have flatlined lately...not working any more. today my doctor suggested a quick taper (couple of days) off pristiq and beginning brintellix; 5 to 10 mg within 5 days. been reading all the reviews and bad side effects and am very nervous!!! not sure that I want to try it! Maybe would be better off adding abilify to pristiq? thoughts...?


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Jennifer Says:

Very definitely Viibryd has a hearty withdrawl. It should absolutely have a LONG Taper. They have packs to taper off that your Dr. should be able to give you so you don't have to split pills or anything.

Now, Brintellix. Oh dear. We are switching my medications due to side effects. We initially tried to go from Viibryd to Wellbutrin but the Wellbutrin gave me hives. So, we opted for Brintellix. I'm on Day 2 of 5mg. I almost feel "lucky" after reading some of the other experiences because I do not have a headache. In fact, I think that from a depression point of view I'm feeling fairly well. Although a bit emotional from all the medication swap. However, I take the Brintellix and about an hour later I feel a little nauseated. Then a little MORE nauseated. Then vomiting. It's terrible. I know it says vomiting can be a side effect, but it doesn't say if vomiting is supposed to be a show stopper. I know the nausea and vomiting certainly feel like a show stopper, but if this is a "tough it out" kind of thing, that would be helpful to know. Wow, I've never vomited from a medication before. It's awful. I mean really really awful. Of course, one of the side effects we were looking to mitigate was the massive viibryd weight gain. Somehow, I don't think this is the way anyone meant for that to work! Feedback?

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Jane Says:
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Hi - I had abilify with Lexapro. The side effects from Abilify (1/4 tablet) were horrendous; headaches, body tremors, dry mouth, weight gain the whole 6 months I was taking. That said, it did boost the Lexapro effectively until my dr felt it time to change it.

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Bob Says:

I fired my doctor for switching me to Brintellix. He said it was a new drug without the usual side effects. I don't know if he was outright lying or just believing whatever the drug company told him. Either way he proved himself not competent enough to treat me. just 5mg a day was awful and after 5 days I got very depressed, and I was being treated for anxiety not depression. So I researched patient reports on the Internet and it was about 90% horror stories. terrible side effects.

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Carol Says:

Only addressing the Brintellix, not everyone has such severe reactions. I do carry lozenges for specifically for dry mouth and I always have water with me. It's pretty constant but I deal with it. I do get frequent headaches and that is no fun at all but Brintellix has been a lifesaver for me. My depression has been severe and lifelong, but it actually allows me to have a positive attitude. I'm so sorry for people that are having such bad reactions; it sounds terrible. Like any other medications, different people will have different reactions.

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MolonLavae Says:
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I have been on SSRIs for over 20 years. Every 18 mths or so they stop working for me. I have MDS, PD and PTSD. I was taken off Lexapro last month after nearly 3 years. Last 3 years I haven't functioned. Started Brintellix 15 days ago (10 mg) . Its a bloody miracle. No side effects whatsoever and the darkness has gone. My family cannot believe the difference. Today I woke up and was excited about life again. For people like me who have tried many anti depressants and who relapse then brintellix might also work for you. I was hospitalised during my meds change over and there were women and men there that brintellix didn't work for. BUT their illnesses were different to mine. Alot had bipolar and others were "new" to depression. I'm nearly 50. An old hand at depression and I'm grateful this worked. I'll keep you all updated.

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Carloine Says:
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Oh my God I really hope this will be the case for me.I am to finish my reducing dose of Effexor xl in 4 days and I started Brintellix 5mg 3 days ago.So in 5 days time I'll be off effexor and on 10mg Brintellix.This last week and a half have been terrible.Diagnosed with treatment resistant depression.How long did you feel it too for your mood to lift.

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Black sheep Says:
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Prozac has side effects, no érections. That's why I switched to Brintellix. Much better.


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Roxy Says:
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Did you switch in one day? My Dr. wants me to start Brintellix today @ 10mgs after taking my last Viibryd yesterday @ 20mgs.

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Ruthie Says:
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I did! I switched from Fetzima 120mg to Brintellix 10mg in one day. The only side effect I have is more energy, the very reason for the switch. Hallelujah!

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Roxy Says:
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OK, I was afraid to just switch so I weaned off if Viibryd. I'm not on anything now. I will probably try Brintellix at some point. Thanks for your response, I hope it continues to work for you

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Ruthie Says:
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My doc likened Brintellix to Fetzima "on steroids". Says that's why my transition was so easy

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Shirley Says:
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I am going off trazodone to brintellix,took 5mg today ,I was a bit shakey,little sick stomach but after about 3hours I was feeling better.I'm excited to see how each day does.as for abilify,my grandson gained 75pounds and the doc just keeps him on.

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