Alternatives to CymbaltaDepression, even in its most severe form, is highly treatable. As with many illnesses, getting depression treatment early is more effective and reduces the chance of recurrence.
The most common forms of treatment for depression are medication (antidepressants) and psychotherapy ("talk therapy"). In cases of severe depression, some healthcare providers may recommend electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Some people may also try complementary or alternative treatments for depression (see Natural Remedies for Depression).
For most people, Cymbalta is quite effective at treating depression. It is also generally well tolerated. However, side effects can occur, or the medicine may not work as well as needed. In these cases, your healthcare provider may recommend an alternative. Some examples of substitute depression medications include:
- Other serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
- Norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitors (NDRIs)
- Tricyclic antidepressants
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs).
(Click Cymbalta Alternatives to learn more about alternatives to this drug. Click Dealing With Depression to learn other ways of managing depression.)
What If I Take an Overdose?People who take too much Cymbalta may have overdose symptoms that could include:
- A fast heartbeat
- Feeling faint
- Muscle spasms
- Difficulty walking
If you happen to take too much of the drug, seek immediate medical attention.
(Click Cymbalta Overdose for more information.)