The most common forms of treatment for depression are medication (antidepressants) and psychotherapy ("talk" therapy). In some cases of severe depression, 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, Effexor is quite effective at treating depression. It is also generally well-tolerated. However, it is possible that side effects will occur or that the medicine may not work as well as needed. In these cases, your healthcare provider may recommend an alternative to the drug. 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 Effexor Alternatives to learn more about these alternatives. Click Dealing With Depression to learn other ways of managing depression.)