Effexor® (venlafaxine hydrochloride) is a medication often prescribed for the treatment of depression in adults.
Although most people respond well to this antidepressant, you may want to consider an Effexor substitute if you develop any side effects or do not feel that your symptoms are improving. There are several alternatives to Effexor for depression treatment, including other depression medications, psychotherapy, electroconvulsive therapy, and alternative (natural) therapies.
Medications that can be used as Effexor alternatives include:
- Other serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)
- Tricyclic antidepressants
- Miscellaneous other antidepressants.
Make sure to talk to your healthcare provider if Effexor is not working for you or if you are experiencing bothersome side effects. You may need to try one of the other depression treatments.
(Click Effexor Alternatives for a more complete list of medications that can be used as a substitute for Effexor and to learn more about the various types of therapy available for depression.)