|Trade names||Trintellix, Brintellix|
|By mouth (film-coated tablets)|
|Bioavailability||75% (peak at 7–11 hours)|
|Metabolism||Extensive hepatic, primarily CYP2D6-mediated oxidation|
|Elimination half-life||66 hours|
|Excretion||59% in urine, 26% in feces|
|Chemical and physical data|
|Molar mass||298.45 g/mol (379.36 as hydrobromide)|
|3D model (JSmol)|
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Vortioxetine[note 1] is an antidepressant medication that is prescribed to treat depression. It purportedly relieves depression symptoms by increasing serotonin concentrations in the brain, by inhibiting its reuptake in the synapse and by modulating (activating certain receptors while blocking, or antagonizing, others) certain serotonin receptors. This puts it in the class of atypical antidepressants known as serotonin modulators and stimulators. It is made by the pharmaceutical companies Lundbeck and Takeda.
The most common side effects reported with vortioxetine are nausea, diarrhea, dry mouth, constipation, vomiting, flatulence, dizziness, and sexual dysfunction. Vortioxetine used alone in high dose or in combination with other medications, such as other antidepressants, can produce a potentially life-threatening drug reaction known as serotonin syndrome.
|Ki (nM)||IC50 / EC50 (nM)||IA (%)|
* Human isoforms
Vortioxetine reaches peak plasma concentration (Cmax) within 7 to 11 hours post-administration (Tmax), and its mean terminal half-life (T⁄1/2) is ≈ 66 hours. Steady-state plasma concentrations are typically reached within two weeks. It has no active metabolites (i.e., it is not a prodrug).
In 2007, the compound was in Phase II clinical trials, and Lundbeck and Takeda entered into a partnership in which Takeda paid Lundbeck $40 million upfront, with promises of up to $345 million in milestone payments, and Takeda agreed to pay most of the remaining cost of developing the drug. The companies agreed to co-promote the drug in the US and Japan, and that Lundbeck would receive a royalty on all such sales. The deal included another drug candidate, tedatioxetine (Lu AA24530), and could be expanded to include two other Lundbeck compounds.
Vortioxetine was previously trademarked as Brintellix in the United States, but on May 2, 2016, the US FDA approved a name change to Trintellix in order to avoid confusion with the blood-thinning medication Brilinta (ticagrelor).
Vortioxetine has been studied in several clinical trials as a potential treatment for generalized anxiety disorder; however, it has not been shown to be clinically beneficial for this application.
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The authors suggest that vortioxetine is currently a good second-line antidepressant option and shows promise, pending additional long-term data, to become a first-line antidepressant option.
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