Drug update

Vortioxetine: a new option for depression

John WG Tiller



Vortioxetine was approved by the TGA in 2014 for treatment of adults with major depressive disorder. It adds to the repertoire of antidepressants available for individualising treatment and may have particular benefits for patients with cognitive impairment associated with depression.

Article Extract

Vortioxetine is a new antidepressant that appears generally well tolerated; the most common side effect is nausea. It has been shown to be effective in relieving depression, anxiety and associated cognitive symptoms in depressed patients. It is suitable for use in adult patients with depression, including the elderly, in general practice as well as specialist psychiatric practice.

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