Other Emsam AlternativesWhen medications, therapy, and the combination of these treatments prove ineffective, or work too slowly to relieve severe symptoms, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may be considered.
Some people may also consider complementary or alternative treatments for depression. Complementary or alternative treatments may include:
- St. John's wort
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Vitamin B6
- SAMe (S-adenosyl-L-methionine)
- 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan)
(Click Natural Remedies for Depression or Acupuncture and Depression for more information on what research has shown regarding these alternative treatments.)
A Summary of Emsam AlternativesThere are several Emsam alternatives, including other medications and therapy. Be sure to talk with your healthcare provider if Emsam is not working for you or if you are experiencing bothersome Emsam side effects. You may need to try one of the other depression treatments.