Therapy as a Cymbalta AlternativeMany 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, 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.
Other Depression MedicationsFortunately, there are many medications available to treat depression. These medications include:
- Other serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)
- Tricyclic antidepressants
- Miscellaneous other antidepressants.
Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs)
Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) increase the level of serotonin and norepinephrine available for the cells in the brain. Cymbalta is an SNRI. In addition to Cymbalta, there are other SNRIs used to treat depression: venlafaxine (Effexor®, Effexor XR®), desvenlafaxine (Pristiq®), and levomilnacipran (Fetzima™). Milnacipran (Savella™) is an SNRI that is not approved for the treatment of depression (although it may be used off-label for this purpose).