Other Lexapro Alternatives
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may be considered when medication, therapy, and the combination of these treatments prove ineffective (or work too slowly to relieve severe symptoms).
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.)
Final ThoughtsThere are several alternatives to Lexapro, including other medications and therapy. Talk with your healthcare provider if Lexapro is not working for you or your child, or if you are experiencing bothersome Lexapro side effects. You may need to try one of the other depression treatments.