If your depression symptoms do not improve with the use of Celexa (or if troublesome side effects occur), alternatives to the medication may be recommended by your healthcare provider. Common Celexa alternatives include psychotherapy, alternative therapies, electroconvulsive therapy, and other antidepressants. Medication alternatives to Celexa may include other SSRIs, SNRIs, or MAOIs.
Celexa Alternatives: An Overview
Celexa® (citalopram hydrobromide) is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression). It is part of a group of antidepressant medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
For most people, Celexa is effective in treating their symptoms, and most people tolerate it well. However, as with all medicines, side effects can occur or the medicine may not adequately control a patient's symptoms. Fortunately, there are several alternatives to Celexa for depression treatment, including:
- Other depression medications (also known as antidepressants)
- Electroconvulsive therapy
- Alternative (natural) therapies.
Therapy as a Celexa Alternative
Many forms of psychotherapy, including some short-term therapies (10 to 20 weeks), can help people with depression. "Talk" therapies help patients gain insight into (and resolve) their problems through verbal exchange with the therapist and is sometimes combined with "homework" assignments between sessions. Behavioral therapists help patients learn how to obtain more satisfaction through their own actions and how to unlearn the behavioral patterns that contribute to or result from their depression.