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Review by chendri887:

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4.0

For Depression: I've been on Brintellix for 4 months now. It is providing a mild antidepressant/anti-anxiety effect, but definitely not robust enough for my lifelong generalized anxiety disorder and depression. I'd give a 3.5/10. It's better for me than Viibryd (the medicine it most closely resembles), but I'm still in a state of deep dysfunction. On the positive side, the side effects have been minimal, the most prominent being some decrease in sexual desire and sexual pleasure. (Not really an issue for me though since my anxiety and depression pretty much have a corner on that non-existent aspect of my life). Also, even with my decent insurance, and Takeda's "discount card," the cost for a month's supply of 30mg a day (the dose I'm taking) is about $300. Not affordable.

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July 24, 2014 11:22 PM

Review by story daze:

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10

For Depression: This medication has been a blessing. I have fibromyalgia which has caused major depression. I have taken every kind of medication out there that treats both. Side effects from other medications was too much. My doctor prescribed this although it does not treat fibromyalgia pain like most, it has made my mood much better. I feel much more happier and alive. I have only taken this medication for a month. Unlike most depression medication, I felt a huge difference the first day. Many people talk about the side effects of nausea with this medication... I did not have any. If I did it was not a big enough deal to make me notice. Overall, I think this was the best antidepressant I have ever taken and I have so far had no side effects.

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July 20, 2014 2:12 AM

Review by Webwiz (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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1.0

For Depression: I took 10 mg for a few days but became very uncomfortably manic. So I started to cut the pill and it ends up that I am taking 20 mg over 3 days. This is the end of the 6th week. I have had chronic clinical depression for 27 years. I am taking this with 225 mg of Buproprion a day and 50 mg of Fluvoximine. I experience no improvement and have had more thoughts of suicide in a long time. I see the doc in two weeks. If it is not noticeable by that time, 8 weeks, out it goes.

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July 18, 2014 4:12 PM

Review by nursecrybaby:

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8.0

For Depression: I have only been on this medicine for 1 week. Still on 10mg. Went cold turkey off 30mg of Lexapro. Not seeing a big difference yet in the depression but after going off the high dose of Lexapro I expect to not see a difference in my depression yet. What I wanted to share was that I have itching skin. I just want to scratch and scratch. I'm sure it will go away. I'm hoping to have wonderful news on my next post regarding the depression and hopefully some weight loss too.

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July 16, 2014 5:23 AM

Review by Girlfriend in a Coma (taken for less than 1 month):

For Depression: I started taking it on Tuesday morning and by that evening started with some nausea. It got worse Wednesday, to the point where I had to leave work. Horrible headache, too. Today (Thursday) the nausea is somewhat better but the headache remains. Called my doc and she said nausea is a huge side effect, unfortunately. It may take up to 2 weeks to fully subside, but to stick with it. Try taking it at night, cutting the dose in half (I'm on 10mg), or taking with food. This is a very new medicine so I hope this helps others in their first couple weeks.

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July 3, 2014 11:22 AM

Review by UghNicknameDoesntMatter (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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3.0

For Major Depressive Disorder: Been on 10 mg for 8 weeks. I could sleep all day and all night, my house is a mess, and I don't care much about anything. It makes me itchy and I've gained weight. I feel like I might as well take nothing. Will be seeing my Dr about switching in a week.

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July 2, 2014 6:34 PM

Review by Depressedheart (taken for less than 1 month):

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4.0

For Major Depressive Disorder: I started on 10mg of Brintellix about two weeks ago after being taken off of Wellbutrin and Celexa. Right away I started to feel physically ill. Horrible headaches, sour stomach, extremely agitated and tired. I don't know if it's withdrawals from the other medicine or effects from starting the Brintellix. I am leaning towards the latter though. I just took my medicine and only an hour later I am feeling very ill again.

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July 2, 2014 3:03 AM

Review by Guenda (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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10

For Depression: A total turn around! I feel like a new person. It's been a long road. I lost my husband of 36yrs, 3 1/2 yrs ago. I had just been surviving; not living. My dr. gave me samples and explained how this medicine works.

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June 11, 2014 5:54 PM

Review by tarad70342 (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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9.0

For Major Depressive Disorder: Week four on Brintellix, 10mg to start...upped to 20mg for 3 weeks now no side effects as of yet. I'm feeling better every day it seems. I feel happy again, less agitation, more energy and motivation. My personal relationships, which were quickly deteriorating are seeming to return to normal! My only wish is that I'd found this medication much sooner. Best wishes to anyone else with this medication! (My insurance is needing a pre-authorization to cover this medication...just a note for others.)

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June 3, 2014 10:26 PM

Review by AJF:

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10

For Depression: I'll be trying Brintellix starting tomorrow, so I haven't rated it for "real" for that reason - I had to rate it in order to post this pre-beginning review. I read the other reviews and I'll share my experience with it. Like many others, I've taken other anti-depressants (since diagnosed in 1997), which are the following: Prozac, Wellbutrin, Lexapro, Zoloft, & Effexor (I STRONGLY urge everyone to think twice before taking Effexor - it's the only anti-depressant that had major, long-term withdrawals and was ineffective as well). I've also been taking Xanax 3 times a day for 17 years, and it's been a Godsend (not one panic attack since the first day I took it) and has a low impact on the body. I'm interested to see if this is helpful.

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May 29, 2014 6:47 PM

Review by Kittykat2014:

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4.0

For Depression: I'm extremely sensitive to the side effects of these medicines. Remeron is the only one I can tolerate (and it doesn't give me enough relief by itself). Brintellix's side effects reminded me of Pristiq's--falling asleep during the day, not able to sleep at night but it worked on my Interstitial Cystitis and it reduced my appetite, so I'm going to give it a longer trial in the summer when school is out and I'm not working.

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May 24, 2014 10:51 PM

Review by tambogal:

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9.0

For Depression: This has worked the best for me thus far. I have been on several SEVERAL anti-depressants and by far this has been better with very little side effects. Nausea has been the only downside at this point. I missed two days due to my pharmacy being closed and didn't have the "brain zaps" after missing. Big plus in my book.

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May 19, 2014 1:54 PM

Review by annie12550 (taken for less than 1 month):

For Major Depressive Disorder: Wish that I had thought to read this before I took this medication, and this was only DAY 1. Took it with my normal cocktail of medication, however since I do not tolerate new medication very well I am only on the 5mg tablet that is cut in half. Well after about 35mins of taking all my meds I start to feel this warm feeling rise up from my feet. I just make it to the bathroom to barf up contents of my stomach which by the way is not much since all I did was take my meds..... something that I have been doing ffor the past 3years without incident until now. Had I known that a side effect was vomiting, I would have waited and taken that medication by itself or with the Zofran that I have in the cabinet to combat the nausea.

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May 18, 2014 3:32 PM

Review by Anonymous (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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3.0

For Major Depressive Disorder: Was great for my depression, but the side effects outweighed the benefits . I experienced vomiting on a daily basis, involuntary movements, momentary black outs, studdering, and struggling for words when in a conversation. Had to quit taking, symptoms were too much for me. On to the next.

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May 3, 2014 9:29 PM

Review by spoookee (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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9.0

For Depression: Generally speaking, I don't like anti-depressants. I've taken Zoloft, Paxil, Effexor (which was the horrible one for *me*), Lexapro, Prozac...seems like I'm forgetting one. They've never made me feel "better" or "happy," just "numb" and "flat." With Brintellix, I started off at 10mg for 6 weeks. I go for my checkup tomorrow and will be increasing to 20mgs. YES, I DID get nausea in the mornings for a couple of hours after I'd taken it. Taking it with food helped. That is a side effect that, for me anyway, went away within a couple of weeks. I expect the same with increasing to 20mgs, but I think it's worth it in the long run. I actually feel HAPPIER! More energetic, want to do things, etc. Has been miracle so far for me.

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April 30, 2014 2:57 PM

Review by julia81 (taken for less than 1 month):

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1.0

For Major Depressive Disorder: Was placed on this medication 5 days ago in addition to being on 100 mg trazodone for insomnia. First day was amazing, placebo effect I am sure. After the first day my chest started hurting and I was sleepy and sluggish. I normally am at the gym 6 days per week. I have been once and was so weak feeling I couldn't push half the weight I normally do and it cut 20 minutes from my lifting time. The last few days I took myself off the trazodone fearing it was what was causing the problem after reading that the two medicines should not be mixed. It didn't help. I became angry and noticed stiffness in my thighs and neck. I also have been eating everything in sight. This has made me miserable very fast. I start coming off tomorrow.

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April 29, 2014 3:18 PM

Review by jewels-z:

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9.0

For Major Depressive Disorder: Great experience so far. Month three, ramping up to 20 mg a day. Constipation side effect eliminated by 2 fiber capsules a day. No sexual side effects and feeling much more like myself! No weight gain!

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April 8, 2014 11:59 AM

Review by MP2014:

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8.0

For Depression: I've tried so many antidepressants but this one has been the best. I was on 10mg for a month and just had my dosage increased to 20 mg, two days ago. I do feel sick; nausea and a little disoriented but those are bearable side effects to me. I have had energy, better concentration but the biggest thing I love about this antidepressant is that I have my sex drive back. My libido wasn't affected like it has been in the past with other meds; I've actually had increased sex drive. So far I feel "okay" but hopefully since 20mg is the therapeutic dose, that I feel more "content" or "happy" with my life soon.

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April 3, 2014 9:09 PM

Review by Cattinni (taken for less than 1 month):

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4.0

For Depression: I am very medication resistant and was really hoping this medicine would turn it around. Started at 5 mgs and had blinding headaches and stabbing pain in my stomach. Day five, I had a huge panic attack and confusion. Gave me the kind of out of it feeling that I had with Effexor.

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April 2, 2014 3:20 PM

Review by Tropic (taken for less than 1 month):

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8.0

For Depression: No side effects, a lot of sleeping, but a slight improvement of mood. 2 weeks so far.

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March 31, 2014 6:54 PM

Review by Copenhagun (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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10

For Depression: I've been suffering from major depression since I was a teen. I've had issues with panic attacks, severe anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and just about everything else. For years I've been on Lexapro because it's the only medication that would work for me. The side effects of Lexapro however were horrendous! The side effects outweighed the benefits. After a few months of discussing it, my doc switched me to Brintellix. I have done a 180! I feel so much better that it scares me! I haven't felt this good in so long that I forget how to act. I'd say it's a miracle., but I know it's no miracle.. it's science! After a lifetime of depression, I'm excited for the future.

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March 23, 2014 9:35 AM

Review by joyjack31:

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2.0

For Depression: started on 10mg for 1 month had nausea and dry mouth, but nausea started to go away, still having depression and some anxiety. then doc went up to 20mg. I been on 20mg for almost two weeks. I been having nausea all day, severe acid reflux, severe indigestion and really bad upset stomach. not sure if this is related but if it is, I cant wait to stop this medicine.

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March 20, 2014 6:04 PM

Review by mgm30:

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6.0

For Depression: I am taking 10 mg for 3 weeks now. After the first week I've started to feel a little bit better side effects dry mouth, I was not eating that much which is good because I am over weight but after the 3 week started to feel again depressed so it means that so far is not helping me, I went to the doctor today. I will increase starting tomorrow 15 mg and lets see how it goes...I will keep you posted.

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March 18, 2014 6:54 PM

Review by AnonMom (taken for 1 to 6 months):

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4.0

For Depression: Past experience taking medicines that did work (Celexa, Wellbutrin), 1-2 years later they seemed to stop working (weepy, sad, never wanted to get out of bed, no desire to do anything, flash backs of a traumatic event, constantly dwelling on negative past experiences, etc.). 10mg Brintellix prescribed (1/10/14) while weaning off Wellbutrin. Not so weepy, but was still sad, had no motivation to get out of bed or do anything. Increase to 20 mg (1/28/14), felt like I was going "downhill" fast: even sadder and weepier, etc. Told it may have been too much at once, so was told to take 1/2 dose one day, full dose the next (2/15/14). Still not feeling as well as I thought I should. Increase to 20 mg Blood Pressure went up from 110/68 to 124/72.

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March 11, 2014 12:00 PM

Review by lost in Ohio (taken for less than 1 month):

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8.0

For Depression: I've been on 10mg Brintellix for a week now. The first day I took it within 30 minutes I was sick. Which I could afford to lose a few pounds so I guess I won't complain about that. I've been extremely tired since taking this medicine. However my mood does seem brighter while I'm awake. I also take Trileptol, Tramadol, Norco, gabapentin, and two inhalers. I'm 33 and have some health issues and so far the medicine seems to be helping. I just hope it stays this way. Good luck to everyone.

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March 8, 2014 9:45 AM

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