Brintellix, also known by its generic name vortioxetine, is a medication prescribed to patients suffering from depression. Specifically, Brintellix is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) and serotonin receptor modulator, which means it is effective by balancing the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain.
Taking vortioxetine has the potential to restore your interest in daily life.
Taking Brintellix may produce certain side effects such as nausea, constipation, vomiting, dizziness and decreased interest in sex. More serious side effects of vortioxetine treatment are tremors, restlessness, inability to keep still, numbness, easy bruising or bleeding, difficulty concentrating, memory changes, confusion and weakness. Although many people do not experience these side effects while taking Brintellix, talk to your doctor if any of the conditions mentioned above persist or worsen.
Serious side effects of vortioxetine are seizures, black stool, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, eye pain or soreness, widened pupils and vision changes. If you experience any of these side effects, get medical help right away. In some very rare cases, taking Brintellix can result in a very serious condition called serotonin syndrome. Your risk for serotonin syndrome increases if you take vortioxetine with other medications or illicit substances that increase serotonin. Seek medical help immediately if you experience any of the following serotonin syndrome symptoms after taking Brintellix: fast heartbeat, hallucinations, loss of coordination, severe dizziness, severe nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, twitching muscles, unexplained fever or unusual agitation.
Even if you take vortioxetine exactly as your doctor orders, you may develop a Brintellix dependency or even further addiction to the medication. Signs of Brintellix addiction are a lack of interest in hobbies or activities you once previously enjoyed and a developed obsession with finding and taking vortioxetine. Get help right away if you notice these signs in yourself or someone you love.
Talk to your doctor if you are considering terminating your vortioxetine treatment. Never stop taking Britnellix cold turkey, as this may produce enhanced withdrawal symptoms. In serious cases, a medically assisted detoxification program may be necessary to safely get vortioxetine out of your system.
At The Recovery Village, patients have a variety of rehabilitation programs to choose from to suit their specific needs. Regardless of which rehab program is chosen, patients can attend individual and group counseling as well as recreational therapy options while at The Recovery Village.
Inpatient Brintellix rehab allows patients to live on campus at one of The Recovery Village’s designated treatment centers while they are in recovery. This rehab program, typically reserved for very serious vortioxetine addiction patients, is beneficial because it allows patients to recover without distractions from the outside world. Inpatient vortioxetine rehab offers information on learning skills to face each patient’s individual Brintellix addiction challenges and how to handle any co-occurring mental health issues they may experience.
After a patient finishes their inpatient Brintellix rehab, they will then be placed in outpatient vortioxetine rehab where they can live at home while attending scheduled treatment appointments at The Recovery Village.
It is easier to participate in daily activities while in the outpatient rehab program. Patients with less serious Brintellix addiction may enter into outpatient Brintellix rehab rather than beginning with the inpatient program. While in the outpatient Brintellix rehab program, patients can access individual and group therapy and receive help from medical professionals in handling any co-occurring mental health disorders they may be trying to manage.
Choosing the Brintellix rehab center that is right for you is an important step in a life-long recovery. Set up a meeting with your doctor to discuss what you are looking for in a vortioxetine center to make an informed decision. It may be necessary to consider how serious your Brintellix addiction is, how long you have been taking the medication and the dosage levels you are accustomed to taking.
If you or your loved one is struggling with Brintellix addiction or another substance use disorder, seek medical help as soon as possible. The Recovery Village has a variety of resources to help you every step of the way. You can go online to www.TheRecoveryVillage.com or call our 24-hour, toll-free hotline at 855-548-9825 to learn more about recovery and the resources available to you.
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