People sometimes seek out alternatives to Lexapro when side effects become bothersome or when the medicine does not adequately control the symptoms it is being used to treat. Among the alternatives are therapy, antidepressants, electroconvulsive therapy, and alternative therapies. Examples of other depression medicines include other SSRIs, MAOIs, and tricyclic antidepressants.
Lexapro® (escitalopram oxalate) is a prescription medication used for the treatment of the following conditions:
- Depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression)
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
Lexapro is part of a group of antidepressant medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). For most people, Lexapro is effective at treating their symptoms. Also, most people tolerate the medicine well.
However, as with all medicines, it is possible that Lexapro might not adequately control a person's symptoms, or that side effects may occur during treatment with the drug. Fortunately, there are several alternatives to Lexapro for depression treatment, including:
- Other depression medications (also known as antidepressants)
- Electroconvulsive therapy
- Alternative (natural) therapies.
(This article describes alternatives to Lexapro for the treatment of depression. For information on Lexapro alternatives for anxiety, see Generalized Anxiety Disorder.)
Therapy as an Alternative to Lexapro
Many forms of psychotherapy, including some short-term (10 to 20 weeks) therapies, can help people with depression. "Talk" therapies help patients gain insight into, and resolve, their problems through verbal exchange with the therapist, sometimes combined with "homework" assignments between sessions.
Behavioral therapists help patients learn how to obtain more satisfaction through their own actions and how to unlearn the behavioral patterns that contribute to, or result from, their depression.