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Re: Brintellix 20mg: Fairly strong sexual side effect Chris O

Posted by porkpiehat on May 8, 2014, at 11:19:58

In reply to Re: Brintellix 20mg: Fairly strong sexual side effect Beckett, posted by Chris O on April 29, 2014, at 1:15:42

So what conclusion have you reached regarding the Brintellix??

 

Re: Brintellix 20mg: Fairly strong sexual side effect porkpiehat

Posted by Chris O on May 8, 2014, at 12:39:33

In reply to Re: Brintellix 20mg: Fairly strong sexual side effect Chris O, posted by porkpiehat on May 8, 2014, at 11:19:58

Porkpie:

Well, I'm going back to my psychiatrist today. I've basically been on 20 mg/day for 3 weeks, and 30mg/day for 3 weeks. It is providing some relief for my anxiety and depression. I'd say a 4 out of 10. It's creating a slight feeling of tension relief in my body. Sleep not really improved. Still wakeup often during the night. (I'm using CPAP for moderate sleep apnea, by the way. Sleep doctor assures me the machine is doing its job well.) Anyway, the other thing I notice with Brintellix is that there are withdrawals if I miss a dose. I actually just start to feel terrible and don't know why, but then when I take the Brintellix the feeling goes away. It doesn't seem to have any long-term buildup like other SSRIs (Prozac and Celexa when they worked for me.) So, I don't really know what I'm going to do. I cannot afford Brintillex so would have to take it via sample, if my psychiatrist even wants to hassle with that. I'll hash it out with him today and see where to go next. Honestly, it's nice to have something work, even if it's ever so slight. Side effects fairly minimal too (so far), beyond dampening of sexual desire and orgasm.

Chris

 

Re: Brintellix 20mg: Fairly strong sexual side effect Chris O

Posted by porkpiehat on May 8, 2014, at 14:04:01

In reply to Re: Brintellix 20mg: Fairly strong sexual side effect porkpiehat, posted by Chris O on May 8, 2014, at 12:39:33

Maybe if you treat it as a booster to something that work(ed)(s) for you. My apathy and depression were getting bad so I added just 10 mgs of Celexa and poof...it got better. Maybe something similar would work for you?

did you notice much difference when you jumped from 20 mgs to 30? My appetite has all but disappeared and I've had a cold that keeps getting worse. Any non-mood symptoms on your end?

 

Re: Brintellix 20mg: Fairly strong sexual side effect Chris O

Posted by ed_uk2010 on May 8, 2014, at 14:14:04

In reply to Re: Brintellix 20mg: Fairly strong sexual side effect ed_uk2010, posted by Chris O on May 3, 2014, at 17:38:24

>Does it (TCAs) have the possibility of harming the heart, or is that just in people with heart disease that it is contraindicated?

TCAs, at high doses (mainly in overdose), can alter the function of the electrical conduction pathways in the heart. This effect is temporary while the drug level is high, they do not 'damage' the heart. TCAs can also affect heart rate (which is often increased). In patients without any underlying heart disease, the possibility of abnormal heart rhythms is very low. If you are over 60 or have health condition(s) predisposing to heart disease such as diabetes, it may be prudent to have an EKG before starting a TCA.

>Do you think antipsychotics are "safe" to take long term (like, for the rest of one's life) if they are working?

No medication is 'safe' as such, it is about balancing the potential risks against the benefits. If you were to take a TCA or an AP and found it very helpful with minimal adverse effects, it would be well worth continuing it.

 

Re: Brintellix 20mg: Fairly strong sexual side effect ed_uk2010

Posted by Chris O on May 8, 2014, at 14:27:59

In reply to Re: Brintellix 20mg: Fairly strong sexual side effect Chris O, posted by ed_uk2010 on May 8, 2014, at 14:14:04

Thanks, Ed! Great feedback.

Sincerely,
Chris

 

Re: Brintellix 20mg: Fairly strong sexual side effect porkpiehat

Posted by Chris O on May 8, 2014, at 14:45:48

In reply to Re: Brintellix 20mg: Fairly strong sexual side effect Chris O, posted by porkpiehat on May 8, 2014, at 14:04:01

What I noticed when I jumped from 20 to 30mg are two things: First, I feel out of it (anxious, I guess is the best description) if I miss the next 10mg dose. It is definitely some kind of withdrawal, similar to a (milder version of) Effexor. Second, it does not really open me up more, something I need. I feel "boxed in" by my anxiety. Brintellix does reduce the anxiety, somewhat. But it also has a bit of a dampening effect. Hard to describe exactly. I remember the first time I took SSRIs in the late 1990s, I felt more opened up, more able to talk and move in the world without worry. With Brintellix, that boxed in feeling is still there, despite less anxiety.

In terms of non-mood symptoms, other than the ones I mentioned above (and the sexual side effects), I haven't had any. The cold thing for you is odd. I thought maybe there was some slight irritation in my nasal passages when first taking Brintellix, but that went away very quickly. My appetite has also not changed much. Are you saying you added 10mg of Celexa to Brintellix? I didn't know you could do this.

 

Re: Brintellix 20mg: Fairly strong sexual side effect ed_uk2010

Posted by SLS on May 14, 2014, at 7:58:16

In reply to Re: Brintellix 20mg: Fairly strong sexual side effect Chris O, posted by ed_uk2010 on May 3, 2014, at 5:09:24

Very accurate. Thanks.


- Scott


> I'm not sure exactly what you've tried in terms on non-SSRI ADs.
>
> Desipramine is a rather unique TCA. It does not generally cause weight gain, loss of libido or drowsiness. It can improve depression. It may be useful against panic at low doses but probably not generalised anxiety. The initial dose should be low and increased gradually. It is not recommended in those with coronary heart disease. Side effects may include increased pulse rate, mild constipation and increased sweating. Some people feel a bit agitated initially but this is by no means universal.
>
> Nortriptyline is perhaps a little more broad spectrum. It is mainly useful for depression but can help some cases of anxiety. Nortriptyline can cause a certain amount of drowsiness (especially initially) and weight gain. It may be a bit more calming than desipramine. It often causes dry mouth and some constipation. It is started at a low dose and increased according to effectiveness and tolerability.
>
> Mirtazapine (Remeron). Mirtazapine is often used as an add-on to SSRIs and related antidepressants to improve response. It tends to cause drowsiness but this should decrease in time. Weight gain can be an issue to watch out for. None of the above meds I've mentioned generally cause sexual dysfunction. Mirtazapine is usually taken as a single daily dose in the evening.
>
> Aripiprazole (Abilify). 5-10mg of Abilify is increasing popular as an add to to antidepressants if response to monotherapy is inadequate. Restlessness and nausea can occur initially but tend to improve after a short while. Apart from the effect at dopamine receptors, some of the pharmacological properties of aripiprazole overlap with Brintellix.

 

Re: Brintellix 20mg: Fairly strong sexual side effect

Posted by Beckett on May 21, 2014, at 18:42:15

In reply to Re: Brintellix 20mg: Fairly strong sexual side effect porkpiehat, posted by Chris O on May 8, 2014, at 14:45:48

Hi Chris,

How's it going? My doc has suggested Brintellix for depression and panic. I'm holding off for now.

 

Re: Brintellix 20mg: Fairly strong sexual side effect Beckett

Posted by Chris O on May 22, 2014, at 1:38:18

In reply to Re: Brintellix 20mg: Fairly strong sexual side effect, posted by Beckett on May 21, 2014, at 18:42:15

Hey, porkpie hat:

Thanks for asking. Well, it's ... so-so. I started augmenting the Brintellix with 300mg of Wellbutrin about 2.5 weeks ago. Something not right about this combination for me. Maybe the Wellbutrin is a little too stimulating. It's making it harder to concentrate or something. Also a bit more anxious again. At the same time, it mitigates some of the sexual side effects of Wellbutrin. A bit more desire, better orgasm, etc. (Not that this matters to me all that much at this point.) But in terms of the Brintellix, even at 30mg (or 40mg), it's not opening me up enough. I still feel walled in (though less anxious). And it seems to wear off (partially) after half a day or so. If I don't take my 10mg at night (after 20mg in the morning), I get some type of mini withdrawal effects. It seems like all SSRIs have been this way for me over the past ten years. (I had initial success with Prozac and Celexa in 1999-2000, but stopped taking it after a year and have never really had the same success with any of the SSRIs.)

I still think you should try it though. Other than the sexual side effects, I don't have any side effects at all. No weight gain, no dry mouth, no nausea, no nothing. And it does relieve my anxiety a little (maybe a 3.5 or 4 out of 10). The other drawback is the cost. Even with my insurance, it costs $350/month for a 30 10mg pills. With Takeda's "discount card," it's "only" $250. Gee, thanks for the "discount" Takeda. I just can't afford that. I've been going back to my psychiatrist for samples, but this is too annoying. I'll probably have to move on to something else over the next month. Anyway, I wish you luck. Let me know you fare with this drug if you decide to take it.

Chris

 

Re: Brintellix 20mg: Fairly strong sexual side effect Chris O

Posted by Beckett on May 24, 2014, at 16:04:40

In reply to Re: Brintellix 20mg: Fairly strong sexual side effect Beckett, posted by Chris O on May 22, 2014, at 1:38:18

On cognitive function:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24787143

On GAD:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24424707

Hope the links are good.

 

Re: Brintellix 20mg: Fairly strong sexual side effect Beckett

Posted by Chris O on May 26, 2014, at 23:45:44

In reply to Re: Brintellix 20mg: Fairly strong sexual side effect Chris O, posted by Beckett on May 24, 2014, at 16:04:40

Great links. Thanks. The GAD link perhaps mirrors some of what I am experiencing, even at 30mg. Not a huge reduction, though a mild-moderate one. But not enough for significant improvement in my life circumstances.

Thanks,
Chris

 

Re: Brintellix 20mg: Fairly strong sexual side effect

Posted by Gaucho_tche on May 20, 2016, at 9:04:07

In reply to Re: Brintellix 20mg: Fairly strong sexual side effect Beckett, posted by Chris O on May 26, 2014, at 23:45:44

Hello Pal. Im using brintelix and I feel exactly like you. How did you go in the last 2 years since last post?

 

Re: Brintellix 20mg: Fairly strong sexual side effect

Posted by Gaucho_tche on May 20, 2016, at 9:06:22

In reply to Re: Brintellix 20mg: Fairly strong sexual side effect Beckett, posted by Chris O on May 26, 2014, at 23:45:44

Hello Pal. Im using brintelix and I feel exactly like you. How did you go in the last 2 years since last post?

 

Re: Brintellix 20mg: Fairly strong sexual side effect Gaucho_tche

Posted by Chris O on May 20, 2016, at 10:13:32

In reply to Re: Brintellix 20mg: Fairly strong sexual side effect, posted by Gaucho_tche on May 20, 2016, at 9:06:22

I did an rTMS trail (35 treatments) in late 2014/early 2015. It was pretty much useless. That's my last trail of anything over the past two years. Since then, I've just been will-powering through it, albeit horribly as usual. My primary symptom is a strong physicalized anxiety. Perhaps I will get around to trying the MAOI Nardil one day. Others have had very positive outcomes with Nardil on this board. Oh, I did do a brief trial of Adderall in 2015, as I have never tried stimulant medication before. Surprisingly, despite anxiety being my primary symptom, it did have some positive (anxiety reducing) effects, but also many negative effects (strong withdrawal anxiety, racing heart, problems with erection/arousal), so I doubt stimulant drugs are a long-term viable solution for me. Hey, here' s hoping you find something that works for you.

 

Re: Augmenting to Brintellix: Theory Based on a Study

Posted by Ruuudy on June 5, 2016, at 20:51:05

In reply to Augmenting to Brintellix: Theory Based on a Study, posted by LouisianaSportsman on April 14, 2014, at 22:36:26

> I read "Electrophysiological Investigations on the Role of Selected Serotonin Receptors and
> the Serotonin Transporter on Serotonin Transmission in the Rat Brain" which is a study by Maurice Lecours who works at the University of Ottawa, Institute of Mental Health Research. Rich posted this study back in March:
>
> https://www.ruor.uottawa.ca/en/bitstream/handle/10393/30400/Lecours_Maurice_2014_thesis.pdf?sequence=3
>
> First of all, Chris, you might find this excerpt "interesting", haha:
>
> "Clinical trials examining the use of vortioxetine for the treatment MDD have indeed demonstrated that vortioxetine separates from placebo, it is comparable to venlafaxine but with less aversive side effects, and it is effective at preventing relapse (Jain et al., 2013; Alvarez et al., 2012; Boulenger et al., 2012)."
>
> Hmm...
>
> But, what I found most interesting from the study were these following excerpts:
>
> "These findings indicate that either the co-administration of an SSRI in addition to a 5-HT3 receptor antagonist or a multimodal agent that acts as a SSRI and 5-HT3 receptor, such as vortioxetine, could enhance 5-HT neurotransmission to produce AD and antiemesis effects, similar to that of litoxetine, after long-term administration."
>
> To me it suggests that augmenting a SSRI may be a good idea because you got to keep this excerpt in mind:
>
> "This study has demonstrated that selective 5-HT agents alone, such as escitalopram, and multimodal agents, such as vortioxetine, alter 5-HT neurotransmission through different receptors and exert different actions, via transporter and/or receptor activity, on the serotonergic system in the hippocampus consistent with other antidepressant strategies and with a unique pharmacological profile."
>
> Additionally, I think you need to consider that compared to other SSRIs: "vortioxetine has a low occupancy for the 5-HTT, escitalopram was used at a dose of 5 mg/kg in order to better mimic the effects of low occupancy alone."
>
> I'm suggesting, based upon these excerpts from the study, Chris, that maybe you should trial whichever SSRI worked best for you in the past to augment the pharmacological effects of vortioxetine? Why not the one they used in the study? (Lexapro) Maybe the combination of the two could theoretically provide a more potent antidepressant/anxiolytic effect?
>
> Just a theory.


A very good theory, indeeed!

I hope that this thread will be resparked with my comment.
There's been renewed talk on Brintellix.
And I have just read these older posts about it.

I'm wondering if Brintellix might possibly be a good choice of an augmenting agent for my fluoxetine?
Would there be a risk of serotonin syndrome combining the two drugs?

Thanks!
Rudy


 

Re: Augmenting to Brintellix: Theory Based on a Study Ruuudy

Posted by Chris O on June 6, 2016, at 9:27:37

In reply to Re: Augmenting to Brintellix: Theory Based on a Study, posted by Ruuudy on June 5, 2016, at 20:51:05

Hi, Ruuudy,

I'm Chris, the guy that LousianaSportsman was interacting with about this topic. I never did try to add another SSRI to Brintellix, so I can't give any feedback on the subject. After 6-8 months on 30mg of Brintillex a day and only slightly better than mild antidepressant/anxiolytic effects, I gave up. I don't know enough about the drug to say if it is safe to combine it with another SSRI. I guess you would have to ask your psychiatrist about that. Good luck.

Chris

 

Re: Augmenting to Brintellix: Theory Based on a Study Ruuudy

Posted by Horse on June 11, 2016, at 4:15:01

In reply to Re: Augmenting to Brintellix: Theory Based on a Study, posted by Ruuudy on June 5, 2016, at 20:51:05

I've added nuvigil and, unintentionally, zofran, which, I think is a 5 HT-3 antagonist because of unremitting nausea from Brintellix (now Trintellix). The combo is working pretty well. I do experience more mental clarity, noticeably so, contrasting with the Lexapro that I transitioned from.

I can't recall if you're taking Trintellix. If so, what's you're experience?

 

Re: Augmenting to Brintellix: Theory Based on a Study Horse

Posted by SLS on June 14, 2016, at 16:11:49

In reply to Re: Augmenting to Brintellix: Theory Based on a Study Ruuudy, posted by Horse on June 11, 2016, at 4:15:01

Interestingly, Trintellix (vortioxetine) can improve or enhance cognition, even if no antidepressant response has emerged.


- Scott

 

Re: Augmenting to Brintellix: Theory Based on a Study

Posted by Gaucho_tche on June 14, 2016, at 16:15:48

In reply to Re: Augmenting to Brintellix: Theory Based on a Study Horse, posted by SLS on June 14, 2016, at 16:11:49

> Interestingly, Trintellix (vortioxetine) can improve or enhance cognition, even if no antidepressant response has emerged.
>
>
> - Scott

Where did you read that Scott?

 

Re: Augmenting to Brintellix: Theory Based on a Study Gaucho_tche

Posted by SLS on June 14, 2016, at 18:44:27

In reply to Re: Augmenting to Brintellix: Theory Based on a Study, posted by Gaucho_tche on June 14, 2016, at 16:15:48

> > Interestingly, Trintellix (vortioxetine) can improve or enhance cognition, even if no antidepressant response has emerged.

> Where did you read that Scott?

I have read references to this several times. The pro-cognitive effects of Trintellix may involve histamine and orexin neurotransmission rather than through direct serotonin mechanisms.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26022537


- Scott

 

Re: Augmenting to Brintellix: Theory Based on a Study

Posted by Gaucho_tche on June 17, 2016, at 10:32:59

In reply to Re: Augmenting to Brintellix: Theory Based on a Study Gaucho_tche, posted by SLS on June 14, 2016, at 18:44:27

> > > Interestingly, Trintellix (vortioxetine) can improve or enhance cognition, even if no antidepressant response has emerged.
>
> > Where did you read that Scott?
>
> I have read references to this several times. The pro-cognitive effects of Trintellix may involve histamine and orexin neurotransmission rather than through direct serotonin mechanisms.
>
> http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26022537
>
>
> - Scott

did you have access to the full text?

 

Re: Brintellix 20mg: Fairly strong sexual side effect Chris O

Posted by beckett2 on October 15, 2017, at 17:30:08

In reply to Brintellix 20mg: Fairly strong sexual side effect, posted by Chris O on April 14, 2014, at 18:36:39

I know this is an old thread, but I came across it in a google search on Trintellix, and I'm wondering how this worked out for you.

 

Re: Brintellix 20mg: Fairly strong sexual side effect beckett2

Posted by Chris O on October 15, 2017, at 19:41:08

In reply to Re: Brintellix 20mg: Fairly strong sexual side effect Chris O, posted by beckett2 on October 15, 2017, at 17:30:08

Beckett,

My memory of Brintellix/Trintellix is that it worked to relieve some of my anxiety + depression, but only in a mild way (like many of the SSRI or SNRI meds). It did provide some relief, but in the end, not much. I've been having some luck with Jon Kabbat Zinn-style mindfulness meditation the past year. It's definitely helped me stop ruminating and worrying, much to my surprise. Hope you feel better, whatever you choose to do.

Chris

 

Re: Brintellix 20mg: Fairly strong sexual side effect Chris O

Posted by beckett2 on October 15, 2017, at 20:17:09

In reply to Re: Brintellix 20mg: Fairly strong sexual side effect beckett2, posted by Chris O on October 15, 2017, at 19:41:08

Hey Chris, nice to see you :) May I ask, what medication if any are you taking for your symptoms?

I'm glad to hear mindfulness (Jon Kabbat Zinn style) is helping. For anxiety, mindfulness (more from a perspective like radical acceptance) continues to help me, although I should renew my practice. Depression not so much. Does that make sense?

I've been wondering about what it would be like to work this (or something similar) on depression. I'm curious what your thoughts are.

 

Re: Brintellix 20mg: Fairly strong sexual side effect beckett2

Posted by Chris O on October 16, 2017, at 9:32:38

In reply to Re: Brintellix 20mg: Fairly strong sexual side effect Chris O, posted by beckett2 on October 15, 2017, at 20:17:09

Beckett,

I'm not taking medication now. I tried everything off and on for 10-15 years, and frankly, in retrospect, I didn't get much benefit. The meds just don't address my core issue of anxiety/panic most of the time.

In terms of meditation and depression, not certain what to tell you there. I guess the meditation has been keeping me more in the present, so my mind doesn't wander to places, and into cycles, that lead me to depressive emotional states. Not saying that I have "conquered" depression (or anxiety) by any means, but I am at least able to push away feelings of paranoia and fear and depression much quicker when they start to take control of me by staying in the present, if that makes sense. Hopefully, you find something that keeps the depression at bay. God knows in this short life of much poverty (at least for me), we all deserve it. Be well, Beckett.

Chris


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