Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs)
Monoamine oxidase inhibitors are a class of older medications used for treating depression. However, there are many serious food and drug interactions with MAOIs. Because of this, MAOIs are typically only used when other medications for depression have not been effective. Examples of MAOI depression medications include:
- Isocarboxazid (Marplan®)
- Phenelzine (Nardil®)
- Selegiline (Eldepryl®, Emsam®, Zelapar®)
- Tranylcypromine (Parnate®).
Tricyclic antidepressants are another older class of antidepressants. Due to certain side effects, they are generally not recommended for elderly people. Tricyclic types of depression medicine include:
- Amitriptyline (Elavil®)
- Amoxapine (Asendin®)
- Clomipramine (Anafranil®)
- Doxepin (Sinequan®)
- Imipramine (Tofranil®)
- Desipramine (Norpramin®)
- Nortriptyline (Pamelor®)
- Protriptyline (Vivactil®)
- Trimipramine (Surmontil®).
Other Aplenzin AlternativesIn situations where medication, therapy, and the combination of these treatments prove ineffective, or work too slowly to relieve severe symptoms, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may be considered. For depression related to seasonal affective disorder (SAD), light therapy (using light boxes or other sources of light) can also be helpful.
Some people may also consider complementary or alternative treatments for depression. Complementary or alternative treatments may include:
- St. John's wort
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Vitamin B6
- SAMe (S-adenosyl-L-methionine)
- 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan)
(Click Natural Remedies for Depression or Acupuncture and Depression for more information on what research has shown regarding these alternative treatments.)