If your depression symptoms do not improve with the use of Fetzima (levomilnacipran), or if troublesome side effects occur, your healthcare provider may recommend other options. Common Fetzima alternatives include psychotherapy, electroconvulsive therapy, and other antidepressants. Other available medications include other SNRIs, SSRIs, or MAOIs.
Fetzima™ (levomilnacipran) is a prescription antidepressant that belongs to a group of medicines known as serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). It is used to treat major depressive disorder, a type of depression. Major depressive disorder is sometimes referred to as clinical depression or simply major depression.
Fetzima is an effective depression treatment. However, it may not be the best medication for everyone. While it works for many people, some people may find that it does not adequately control their symptoms. Others may develop intolerable side effects with it.
Fortunately, there are several alternatives to Fetzima for treating depression. Some of the possible alternatives include:
- Other antidepressant medications
- Electroconvulsive therapy.
Psychotherapy, which is also sometimes called talk therapy, can be a very effective treatment for depression. Therapy can help you gain insight into how your behavioral patterns or reactions to life's problems may be contributing to your depression. Through therapy, you can learn ways to reverse negative thinking and strategies for coping with stressors in your life.
There are many different types of therapy, as well as many different therapists with different treatment approaches. Therapy works best if you participate in it fully, by sharing your feelings openly. Therefore, it's important to find a therapist and an approach that you connect with. You may need to visit a few different therapists before finding the right one for you.
Some people may find that psychotherapy on its own is enough to treat their depression. Others may respond best to a combination of psychotherapy and antidepressant medications.
(Click Psychotherapy for Depression to learn more about this treatment option.)