When you think of life with Major Depressive Disorder, or MDD, what do you see? People may think they know exactly what MDD looks like. But the truth is that MDD looks different for everyone, because everyone experiences it differently. To get a more authentic picture of MDD, we have to look at not just the disorder, but also some people living with it. Because when a patient works with their doctor to find the treatment plan that’s right for them, it may have a noticeable impact on their MDD. That’s what I want other patients to know. Who am I? My name is Jesus. My name is Ruth. Hi, I am Tatiana. Our doctors told us about TRINTELLIX, a prescription medicine for adults with a type of depression called Major Depressive Disorder, or MDD. Now, we’ve become the first TRINTELLERS, a collection of actual TRINTELLIX patients who are telling personal stories of our lives with MDD. Each of us will be recording one second of our lives every day, as well as telling you about our recent experiences with MDD, working with our doctors, and our journey with TRINTELLIX.

Antidepressants, like TRINTELLIX, may increase suicidal thoughts and behaviors in children, teens, and young adults. Call your doctor right away if you have new or worsening depression symptoms, unusual changes in mood, behavior, or thoughts of suicide while taking it. Do not take it if you take MAOIs, are allergic to vortioxetine or any other ingredients in TRINTELLIX. Tell your doctor about all medicines you take, including migraine, psychiatric, and depression medicines, to avoid a potentially life-threatening condition. Increased risk of bleeding and bruising may occur, especially if taken with NSAID pain relievers, aspirin, or blood thinners. Manic episodes can occur. Call your doctor if you have any unusual changes in mood, behavior, or thoughts. Visual problems may occur in some people. TRINTELLIX may cause low sodium levels. Common side effects include nausea, constipation, and vomiting.

Although we know there isn’t a cure for MDD and that we’ll continue to face challenges, we want to start the conversation and raise awareness for others who may be living with MDD. Together, we hope to encourage other MDD patients to work with their doctor to find the treatment plan that works for them. Thank you and see y’all soon.

Real Stories from people taking TRINTELLIX. Meet the TRINTELLERS.

TRINTELLIX + Storytellers = TRINTELLERS.

TRINTELLERS are real MDD patients treated with TRINTELLIX who are here to share their stories with others.

 

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) has many faces. Here, we get an inside look at the lives of a few TRINTELLIX (vortioxetine) patients who are sharing what life with MDD is like for them.

Patient Stories

MEET JESUS

My name is Jesus, I have MDD which has multiple symptoms that can hold me back. I’m a dog dad, a friend, and sometimes I’m an amateur karaoke singer. My life motto is to try and find the good things even in bad situations.

My doctor prescribed TRINTELLIX, a prescription medicine for adults with a type of depression called Major Depressive Disorder, or MDD. Since then, I’ve found improvement in my overall MDD symptoms. 

Antidepressants, like TRINTELLIX, may increase suicidal thoughts and behaviors in children, teens, and young adults. Call your doctor right away if you have new or worsening depression symptoms, unusual changes in mood, behavior, or thoughts of suicide while taking it. Do not take it if you take MAOIs, are allergic to vortioxetine, or any other ingredients in TRINTELLIX. Tell your doctor about all medicines you take, including migraine, psychiatric, and depression medicines, to avoid a potentially life-threatening condition. Increased risk of bleeding and bruising may occur, especially if taken with NSAID pain relievers, aspirin, or blood thinners. Manic episodes can occur. Call your doctor if you have any unusual changes in mood, behavior or thoughts. Visual problems may occur in some people. TRINTELLIX may cause low sodium levels. Common side effects include nausea, constipation, and vomiting.

I’m sharing my story because I want to help connect with other people who have depression and show them that they’re not alone. So talk to your doctor to find a treatment plan that’s right for you.

My life motto is to try and find the good things even in bad situations.

Learn more about Jesus' story

MEET RUTH

My name is Ruth. I have MDD which has multiple symptoms that can hold me back. I’m an avid reader, I love to travel, and work on puzzles. My motto is to embrace gratitude and try my best every day. My doctor prescribed TRINTELLIX, a prescription medicine for adults with a type of depression called Major Depressive Disorder. Since then, I’ve found improvement in my overall MDD symptoms.

Antidepressants, like TRINTELLIX, may increase suicidal thoughts and behaviors in children, teens, and young adults. Call your doctor right away if you have new or worsening depression symptoms, unusual changes in mood, behavior, or thoughts of suicide while taking it. Do not take it if you take MAOIs, are allergic to vortioxetine, or any other ingredients in TRINTELLIX. Tell your doctor about all medicines you take, including migraine, psychiatric, and depression medicines, to avoid a potentially life-threatening condition. Increased risk of bleeding and bruising may occur, especially if taken with NSAID pain relievers, aspirin, or blood thinners. Manic episodes can occur. Call your doctor if you have any unusual changes in mood, behavior, or thoughts. Visual problems may occur in some people. Trintellix may cause low sodium levels. Common side effects include nausea, constipation, and vomiting.

I’m sharing my story because I want to encourage others to not give up, and to seek whatever help they may need. So, talk to your doctor, and find a treatment plan that’s right for you.

My motto is to embrace gratitude and try my best every day.

Learn more about Ruth's story

MEET TATIANA

My name is Tatiana, I have MDD which has multiple symptoms that can hold me back. When I’m not traveling, I like to play video games, watch tv, and hang out with my cat. My life motto is “It’s okay to not be okay”. So my doctor told me about TRINTELLIX, a prescription medicine for adults with a type of depression called Major Depressive Disorder, or MDD. Since then, I’ve found improvement in my overall MDD symptoms.

Antidepressants, like TRINTELLIX, may increase suicidal thoughts and behaviors in children, teens, and young adults. Call your doctor right away if you have new or worsening depression symptoms, unusual changes in mood, behavior, or thoughts of suicide while taking it. Do not take it if you take MAOIs, are allergic to vortioxetine, or any other ingredients in TRINTELLIX. Tell your doctor about all medicines you take, including migraine, psychiatric, and depression medicines, to avoid a potentially life-threatening condition. Increased risk of bleeding and bruising may occur, especially if taken with NSAID pain relievers, aspirin, or blood thinners. Manic episodes can occur. Call your doctor if you have any unusual changes in mood, behavior, or thoughts. Visual problems may occur in some people. Trintellix may cause low sodium levels. Common side effects include nausea, constipation, and vomiting.

I’m sharing my story because I want others to know what having MDD may look like and that getting help from your doctor may have a noticeable impact on your MDD. So talk to your doctor to find a treatment plan that’s right for you.

My motto is "it's okay not to be okay".

Learn more about Tatiana's story

Jesus' Story

After struggling with his MDD symptoms for many years, Jesus finally decided to talk to his doctor, who prescribed him TRINTELLIX. Learn more about his treatment journey and what life with MDD looks like for him today.

Before I was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, I was dealing with my symptoms on my own, not knowing what was really going on. Going through that was really hard for me, and the people around me noticed how I was struggling with my MDD. Living with MDD is challenging and you can’t even hope to start dealing with it if you don’t talk to your doctor and find the treatment plan that is right for you. I’ve dealt with multiple MDD symptoms that have affected me emotionally. Sometimes I feel sad, I lost interest in things I enjoyed, and I’ve noticed a considerable change of my weight. Between these and the other symptoms I felt, it made me realize I couldn’t continue like this forever, and I needed to do something about it. That’s what really convinced me to talk to a doctor. And when I finally did, my doctor told me about TRINTELLIX, a prescription medicine for adults with a type of depression called Major Depressive Disorder. Looking back, I definitely should have talked to a doctor earlier. There’s good days and there’s bad days, it’s never perfect. But TRINTELLIX has helped by giving me improvement in my overall MDD symptoms.

Antidepressants, like TRINTELLIX, may increase suicidal thoughts and behaviors in children, teens, and young adults. Call your doctor right away if you have new or worsening depression symptoms, unusual changes in mood, behavior, or thoughts of suicide while taking it. Do not take it if you take MAOIs, are allergic to vortioxetine, or any other ingredients in TRINTELLIX. Tell your doctor about all medicines you take, including migraine, psychiatric, and depression medicines, to avoid a potentially life-threatening condition. Increased risk of bleeding and bruising may occur, especially if taken with NSAID pain relievers, aspirin, or blood thinners. Manic episodes can occur. Call your doctor if you have any unusual changes in mood, behavior, or thoughts. Visual problems may occur in some people. TRINTELLIX may cause low sodium levels. Common side effects include nausea, constipation, and vomiting.

Feeling this overall MDD symptom relief; it’s been a real change. I’m looking forward to continuing to work with my doctor on my MDD treatment plan, and seeing what comes next. 

Ruth's Story

Ruth's journey to treatment was helped by being open with her doctor and the support of her family. It took years for her to find the right treatment plan, including TRINTELLIX. Hear her story in her own words and see what her life with MDD looks like today.

When I think about Major Depressive Disorder, or MDD, I think about all the people who are probably like me. People who are struggling, and just want to find a way to feel better. I was working with my doctor to try to find the right treatment plan for me, but it didn’t happen in a day. Eventually we found the right one for me, but it took a little bit to get there, and during that time I was dealing with MDD, which has multiple symptoms. I felt sad a lot of the time, and I felt a lot of fatigue. I suddenly had no interest in the things I used to care about. I think having support is important. My sister was always there for me. She actually encouraged me to keep working with my doctor, and not to give up. That was when my doctor started talking about TRINTELLIX, a prescription medicine that treats a type of depression called Major Depressive Disorder in adults. After some discussions, my doctor and I realized this is a medication that might be able to help as part of my treatment plan.

Antidepressants, like TRINTELLIX, may increase suicidal thoughts and behaviors in children, teens, and young adults. Call your doctor right away if you have new or worsening depression symptoms, unusual changes in mood, behavior, or thoughts of suicide while taking it. Do not take it if you take MAOIs, are allergic to vortioxetine, or any other ingredients in TRINTELLIX. Tell your doctor about all medicines you take, including migraine, psychiatric, and depression medicines, to avoid a potentially life-threatening condition. Increased risk of bleeding and bruising may occur especially if taken with NSAID pain relievers, aspirin, or blood thinners. Visual problems may occur in some people. TRINTELLIX may cause low sodium levels. Common side effects include nausea, constipation, and vomiting. Manic episodes can occur. Call your doctor if you have any unusual changes in mood, behavior, or thoughts.

Sure, I have bad days and I face challenges, but having this treatment plan in place and working with my doctor, it’s helped manage my MDD. I know that if I continue being open with the people in my life who are there to support me, and stick to my prescribed plan, I’ll be able to continue on this MDD treatment journey. Even though I know there will be challenges, I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next. 

Tatiana's Story

Tatiana's MDD journey was not easy, but she and her doctor never gave up. Check out her story and learn how they came to find a treatment plan that works for her.

My road to finding the right treatment plan for my Major Depressive Disorder, or MDD... wasn’t easy. It wasn’t quick. It took a long time. If I’m being honest, I had forgotten what it felt like to not be sad all the time. Through it all, I was trying to deal with MDD, which has multiple symptoms, by myself. But it was too much to handle alone. It’s important to come to terms with being open about how you’re feeling and accepting that someone may be able to help you, and it’s really important to talk to a doctor. I often feel sad. I’ve lost interest in things I used to care about and I have trouble concentrating. I’ve realized that I can’t handle these and other symptoms of MDD on my own. That’s when I began working with my doctor who prescribed me TRINTELLIX, a prescription medicine for adults with a type of depression called Major Depressive Disorder. So far, I’ve been feeling improvement in my overall MDD symptoms.

Antidepressants, like TRINTELLIX, may increase suicidal thoughts and behaviors in children, teens, and young adults. Call your doctor right away if you have new or worsening depression symptoms, unusual changes in mood, behavior, or thoughts of suicide while taking it. Do not take it if you take MAOIs, are allergic to vortioxetine, or any other ingredients in TRINTELLIX. Tell your doctor about all medicines you take, including migraine, psychiatric, and depression medicines, to avoid a potentially life-threatening condition. Increased risk of bleeding and bruising may occur, especially if taken with NSAID pain relievers, aspirin, or blood thinners. Manic episodes can occur. Call your doctor if you have any unusual changes in mood, behavior, or thoughts. Visual problems may occur in some people. TRINTELLIX may cause low sodium levels. Common side effects include nausea, constipation, and vomiting.

You’ve gotta be open about how you’re feeling, gotta speak up to your doctor, continue working together, and looking for the right treatment plan for you. It’s gonna be a long road, and I know there will be obstacles, but there may be a light at the end of the tunnel. And if you decide to talk to a doctor, you’ll be proud that you decided to try and do something about your MDD. I’m gonna continue on this journey, because it’s worth it to me.

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Ready to tell it like it is about your journey with Major Depressive Disorder?

If you have been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and are taking TRINTELLIX, consider sharing your story with us. Sharing your personal journey may encourage others struggling with MDD to talk to their healthcare professionals about their treatment plan. Your MDD story will provide a first-hand account of the realities of coping with the symptoms, and your personal treatment experience with TRINTELLIX.

In order to reach other people with MDD, you may be invited to share your story in video, print, or web materials, or to participate in market research. Participation is voluntary and you can stop participating at any time.

Important Safety Information About TRINTELLIX

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Suicidal Thoughts and Actions and Antidepressant Drugs

Antidepressants may increase suicidal thoughts or actions in some children, teens or young adults within the first few months of treatment or when the dose is changed. Depression or other serious mental illnesses are the most important causes of suicidal thoughts or actions. People who have (or have a family history of) bipolar illness, or suicidal thoughts or actions may have a particularly high risk. Pay close attention to any changes, especially sudden changes in mood, behavior, thoughts or feelings. Call your healthcare provider right away if symptoms such as anxiety, irritability, impulsivity, trouble sleeping, aggressive behavior or suicidal thoughts are new, worse or worry you. TRINTELLIX has not been evaluated for use in patients under 18.

Do not take TRINTELLIX if you:

  • Are allergic to vortioxetine or any of the ingredients in TRINTELLIX
  • Take a Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor (MAOI). Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you are not sure if you take an MAOI, including the antibiotic linezolid; do not take an MAOI within 21 days of stopping TRINTELLIX; do not start TRINTELLIX if you stopped taking an MAOI in the last 14 days

TRINTELLIX may cause serious side effects including:

Serotonin Syndrome: A potentially life-threatening problem that can happen when medicines such as TRINTELLIX are taken with certain other medicines. Symptoms may include agitation, hallucinations, coma or other changes in mental status; problems controlling movements or muscle twitching, stiffness or tightness; fast heartbeat, high or low blood pressure; sweating or fever; nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

Abnormal bleeding or bruising: TRINTELLIX and other serotonergic antidepressant medicines may increase your risk of bleeding or bruising, especially if you take the blood thinner warfarin (Coumadin®, Jantoven®), a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), or aspirin.

Manic episode: Symptoms may include greatly increased energy; severe trouble sleeping; racing thoughts; reckless behavior; unusually grand ideas; excessive happiness or irritability; talking more or faster than usual.

Visual problems: May include eye pain, changes in vision, swelling or redness in or around the eye. Only some people are at risk for these problems. You may want to undergo an eye examination to see if you are at risk and receive preventative treatment if you are.

Low salt (sodium) levels in the blood: Symptoms may include headache; difficulty concentrating, memory changes or confusion; weakness and unsteadiness on your feet; and in severe or sudden cases hallucinations, fainting, seizures or coma. If not treated, severe low sodium levels can cause death.

Before starting TRINTELLIX, tell your healthcare provider if you have or had liver problems, seizures or convulsions, bipolar disorder (manic depression) or mania, low salt (sodium) levels in your blood, bleeding problems, drink alcohol, have any other medical conditions or if you are pregnant, nursing, plan to become pregnant, or plan to nurse.

TRINTELLIX and some medicines may interact with each other, may not work as well, or may cause serious side effects when taken together. Tell your healthcare provider if you plan on or are taking any other prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements including medicines for migraine headaches, such as triptans; medicines used to treat mood, anxiety, psychotic or thought disorders such as tricyclics, lithium, SSRIs, SNRIs, bupropion, buspirone or antipsychotics; MAOIs including linezolid (a specific antibiotic); over-the-counter supplements such as tryptophan or St. John's wort; and the following medicines: aspirin, NSAIDs, warfarin (Coumadin®, Jantoven®), diuretics, rifampin, carbamazepine, phenytoin, quinidine, tramadol or fentanyl.

Common side effects of TRINTELLIX include: nausea, constipation or vomiting. These are not all the possible side effects of TRINTELLIX.

Do not start or stop taking TRINTELLIX without talking to your healthcare provider first. Suddenly stopping TRINTELLIX when you take higher doses may cause you to have side effects including headache, stiff muscles, mood swings, sudden outbursts of anger, dizziness or feeling lightheaded, or runny nose.

Talk to your healthcare provider.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is TRINTELLIX?

TRINTELLIX is a prescription medicine used to treat a certain type of depression called Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) in adults.

For additional Important Safety Information, click here for Medication Guide, and discuss with your doctor.