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Hello Brintellix is a very new antidepressant on the market, so it is not as well established as other antidepressants unfortunately. Currently this antidepressant is only approved to treat Depressive symptoms and is not approved to treat anxiety symptoms. Studies have shown mixed results when using Brintellix to treat anxiety, so I would not recommend this medication if you have anxiety issues. Brintellix has shown promise in treating depressive symptoms though and has a low incidence rate of side effects, which is supposedly going to make it a superior antidepressant compared to the standard SSRI/SNRI antidepressants. The reason I say "supposedly" is because this antidepressant is about a year old and there has just not been enough peer reviewed research comparing its effectiveness to other antidepressants. Some of the more common side effects associated with this medication are nausea, sexual dysfunction, dizziness, constipation, and dry mouth...but these side effects (except for the sexual dysfunction) typically resolve in a few weeks as the body adjusts to the medication. In addition, it usually takes around 3-4 weeks to start noticing results on this medication and around 6-8 weeks to reach maximum effectiveness. If you truly have a significant issues with anxiety than I would not recommend Brintellix for you, but if Depressive symptoms were a major issue and you have not had success with other medications than you may respond well to the Brintellix.
I hope this answers your question and gives you some guidance on this issue. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns as I am happy to assist and support you regarding this issue.
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