What has NICE said?

Vortioxetine (Brintellix) is recommended as a possible treatment for adults having a first or recurrent major depressive episode, if the current episode has not responded to 2 antidepressants.

What does this mean for me?

If you are having a major depressive episode, and your doctor thinks that vortioxetine is the right treatment, you should be able to have the treatment on the NHS. Vortioxetine should be available on the NHS within 3 months of the guidance being issued.

If you are already taking vortioxetine but are not eligible for treatment as described above, you should be able to continue taking it until you and your doctor decide it is the right time to stop.

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