Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a treatment that involves passing electrical currents through the brain to cause a brief seizure. It is one of the most effective treatments available for major depression and, in many cases, works when other treatments have failed. ECT may be particularly useful for individuals whose depression is severe or life-threatening, especially since it often begins working more quickly than antidepressants or psychotherapy. Many people who receive ECT treatments begin to feel better within a week.
For the full therapeutic benefit to be seen, the person must receive an entire course of ECT, which consists of several sessions. Usually, ECT treatments are given two to three times a week for three to four weeks.
There are several available alternatives to Fetzima for treating depression. Therefore, you should talk to your healthcare provider if Fetzima does not seem to be working for you, or if you're experiencing particularly bothersome side effects. Your healthcare provider can discuss these other depression treatments with you in more detail as they relate to your specific situation.