How to Stop Trintellix

How to Stop Trintellix

If you’re dealing with depression, your doctor may prescribe an antidepressant medication like Trintellix to help treat and manage your symptoms. But sometimes these medications come with unpleasant side effects that may make you want to stop taking them. But if you simply just stop taking them abruptly you could have some severe side effects or a relapse of your depression symptoms. That doesn’t mean you can’t stop taking Trintellix. You just need to make sure you do it the right way to help manage and minimize the side effects as you wean yourself off of it.

Method 1 of 2:
Lowering Your Dose

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Talk to your doctor if you want to stop Trintellix. Abruptly stopping Trintellix can lead to serious side effects. If you do want to stop taking it, talk to your doctor, and work with them to develop a strategy to help you successfully (and with minimal side effects) get off of the antidepressant. [1] X Trustworthy Source National Alliance on Mental Illness Grassroots mental health-focused organization providing resources, support, and education for those affected by mental illness Go to source Don’t stop taking Trintellix even when you feel better, too. You could have a relapse in your symptoms if you miss a dose.
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Notify your doctor if you plan to become pregnant. If you have major depressive disorder (MDD) or another mood disorder that you’re taking Trintellix for, talk to your doctor if you plan to become pregnant so they can help you manage your medications. They may change your prescription or your dose to help reduce any negative side effects and make sure your pregnancy isn’t affected. [2] X Trustworthy Source National Alliance on Mental Illness Grassroots mental health-focused organization providing resources, support, and education for those affected by mental illness Go to source Suddenly stopping Trintellix when you become pregnant could affect the health of your baby, so talk to your doctor before you make any changes to your medication.
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Reduce your dose to 10 mg a day for 1 week. If you’re taking the usual 15 or 20 mg of Trintellix a day, lowering your dose down to 10 mg can help wean you off of the medication without severe side effects. Talk to your doctor about gradually reducing your dose to help you stop taking Trintellix. [3] X Research source Don’t make any sudden changes without talking to your doctor first to make sure it’s the best way for you to get off the antidepressant. Depending on your daily dose, your doctor may recommend a different dose reduction. For instance, if you take 5 or 10 mg a day, your doctor could reduce it to 1 or 2 mg to help you avoid side effects.
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Try to avoid missing a dose and don’t double-dose if you do miss one. Take your Trintellix as prescribed every day to help reduce your side effects and prevent a relapse of your symptoms. If you do miss a dose, don’t take twice the amount the next day to try to make up for it or it could cause unpleasant side effects. Instead, just try to take your Trintellix as soon as you can. [4] X Trustworthy Source National Alliance on Mental Illness Grassroots mental health-focused organization providing resources, support, and education for those affected by mental illness Go to source
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Avoid drinking alcohol or using drugs while you’re taking Trintellix. Antidepressants like Trintellix can become less effective if you drink alcohol or use drugs while you’re taking them, which can make your condition worse. They can also negatively react with each other and make your symptoms more severe. [5] X Trustworthy Source National Alliance on Mental Illness Grassroots mental health-focused organization providing resources, support, and education for those affected by mental illness Go to source
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Stop taking the Trintellix after you’ve reduced your dose for a week. Continue taking your reduced dose of Trintellix every day for a week. Once your body has adjusted to the reduced dose and your side effects level off, you can stop taking the medication. [6] X Research source Stick to the treatment plan you and your doctor come up with. If they recommend you gradually reduce your dose even lower for a longer period of time, follow their suggestions to help reduce the severity of any side effects you exprience. Keep in mind that you still may have some side effects when you do actually stop taking the Trintellix. But by gradually reducing your dose, they may be less severe.
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Method 2 of 2:
When to Seek Medical Attention

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Get emergency treatment if you show signs of serotonin syndrome. Serotonin syndrome is a potentially life-threatening complication that can happen when antidepressants like Trintellix are taken with other medications. If you show any of the following symptoms, see a doctor right away: [7] X Research source Agitation Hallucinations Coma or changes in your mental status Muscle twitching or muscle control problems Stiffness or tightness Rapid heartbeat High or low blood pressure Sweating or fever Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
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Seek medical attention if you have thoughts of suicide or harming yourself. Sometimes antidepressants like Trintellix can increase suicidal thoughts or actions in some folks. If you do start to feel like you might want to hurt yourself, it could be a side effect of the medication. Talk to your doctor or seek medical help right away. [8] X Trustworthy Source US Food and Drug Administration U.S. government agency responsible for promoting public health Go to source
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Talk to your doctor if you notice changes in your vision. Though it’s less common, Trintellix can cause visual problems such as eye pain, changes in your vision, and swelling or redness in or around your eye. Talk to your doctor or undergo an eye exam to see if it’s being caused by the medication. [9] X Research source If it’s too severe, your doctor may switch you to a different antidepressant.
4
Go to all of your doctor appointments to help manage your symptoms. Make sure you attend every follow-up visit your doctor schedules after you start taking Trintellix. Talk to them about any side effects you’re experiencing. If they’re too severe, your doctor can work to come up with a solution to help minimize them. [10] X Trustworthy Source US Food and Drug Administration U.S. government agency responsible for promoting public health Go to source
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Method 1 of 2:
Lowering Your Dose

1
Talk to your doctor if you want to stop Trintellix. Abruptly stopping Trintellix can lead to serious side effects. If you do want to stop taking it, talk to your doctor, and work with them to develop a strategy to help you successfully (and with minimal side effects) get off of the antidepressant. [1] X Trustworthy Source National Alliance on Mental Illness Grassroots mental health-focused organization providing resources, support, and education for those affected by mental illness Go to source Don’t stop taking Trintellix even when you feel better, too. You could have a relapse in your symptoms if you miss a dose.
2
Notify your doctor if you plan to become pregnant. If you have major depressive disorder (MDD) or another mood disorder that you’re taking Trintellix for, talk to your doctor if you plan to become pregnant so they can help you manage your medications. They may change your prescription or your dose to help reduce any negative side effects and make sure your pregnancy isn’t affected. [2] X Trustworthy Source National Alliance on Mental Illness Grassroots mental health-focused organization providing resources, support, and education for those affected by mental illness Go to source Suddenly stopping Trintellix when you become pregnant could affect the health of your baby, so talk to your doctor before you make any changes to your medication.
3
Reduce your dose to 10 mg a day for 1 week. If you’re taking the usual 15 or 20 mg of Trintellix a day, lowering your dose down to 10 mg can help wean you off of the medication without severe side effects. Talk to your doctor about gradually reducing your dose to help you stop taking Trintellix. [3] X Research source Don’t make any sudden changes without talking to your doctor first to make sure it’s the best way for you to get off the antidepressant. Depending on your daily dose, your doctor may recommend a different dose reduction. For instance, if you take 5 or 10 mg a day, your doctor could reduce it to 1 or 2 mg to help you avoid side effects.
4
Try to avoid missing a dose and don’t double-dose if you do miss one. Take your Trintellix as prescribed every day to help reduce your side effects and prevent a relapse of your symptoms. If you do miss a dose, don’t take twice the amount the next day to try to make up for it or it could cause unpleasant side effects. Instead, just try to take your Trintellix as soon as you can. [4] X Trustworthy Source National Alliance on Mental Illness Grassroots mental health-focused organization providing resources, support, and education for those affected by mental illness Go to source
5
Avoid drinking alcohol or using drugs while you’re taking Trintellix. Antidepressants like Trintellix can become less effective if you drink alcohol or use drugs while you’re taking them, which can make your condition worse. They can also negatively react with each other and make your symptoms more severe. [5] X Trustworthy Source National Alliance on Mental Illness Grassroots mental health-focused organization providing resources, support, and education for those affected by mental illness Go to source
6
Stop taking the Trintellix after you’ve reduced your dose for a week. Continue taking your reduced dose of Trintellix every day for a week. Once your body has adjusted to the reduced dose and your side effects level off, you can stop taking the medication. [6] X Research source Stick to the treatment plan you and your doctor come up with. If they recommend you gradually reduce your dose even lower for a longer period of time, follow their suggestions to help reduce the severity of any side effects you exprience. Keep in mind that you still may have some side effects when you do actually stop taking the Trintellix. But by gradually reducing your dose, they may be less severe.
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Method 2 of 2:
When to Seek Medical Attention

1
Get emergency treatment if you show signs of serotonin syndrome. Serotonin syndrome is a potentially life-threatening complication that can happen when antidepressants like Trintellix are taken with other medications. If you show any of the following symptoms, see a doctor right away: [7] X Research source Agitation Hallucinations Coma or changes in your mental status Muscle twitching or muscle control problems Stiffness or tightness Rapid heartbeat High or low blood pressure Sweating or fever Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
2
Seek medical attention if you have thoughts of suicide or harming yourself. Sometimes antidepressants like Trintellix can increase suicidal thoughts or actions in some folks. If you do start to feel like you might want to hurt yourself, it could be a side effect of the medication. Talk to your doctor or seek medical help right away. [8] X Trustworthy Source US Food and Drug Administration U.S. government agency responsible for promoting public health Go to source
3
Talk to your doctor if you notice changes in your vision. Though it’s less common, Trintellix can cause visual problems such as eye pain, changes in your vision, and swelling or redness in or around your eye. Talk to your doctor or undergo an eye exam to see if it’s being caused by the medication. [9] X Research source If it’s too severe, your doctor may switch you to a different antidepressant.
4
Go to all of your doctor appointments to help manage your symptoms. Make sure you attend every follow-up visit your doctor schedules after you start taking Trintellix. Talk to them about any side effects you’re experiencing. If they’re too severe, your doctor can work to come up with a solution to help minimize them. [10] X Trustworthy Source US Food and Drug Administration U.S. government agency responsible for promoting public health Go to source
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