Brintellix changes name to Trintellix

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As of June 2016, the oral antidepressant drug named Brintellix (vortioxetine) has changed to Trintellix.  The drug is used to treat major depressive disorder in adults and nothing about the drug has changed except the name. The formulation, indication and dosages have not changed.

The name change is due to confusion with a similarly named drug. The anti-blood clotting therapy Brilinta (ticagrelor) has been reported as being confused with Brintellix and causing prescribing and dispensing errors.

During the transition period, providers, pharmacists, and patients may still see bottles labeled with the brand name Brintellix. New shipments will have the new name, but pharmacists may still dispense their current stock that has the old name on it.   

Prescribers are encouraged to include the generic name of the medication to reduce the risk of name confusion during the transition. In MDToolbox, you will see the generic name is already included for you in parenthesis next to the Trintillex name for this reason.

Patients also need to make sure they received the right medication. The Trintellix tablets look exactly the same as the Brintellix tablets.

See this link for a complete information flyer on the name change:

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