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If Aplenzin (bupropion hydrobromide) does not adequately control your symptoms of depression, or if bothersome side effects occur, your healthcare provider may recommend other treatment options. Alternatives to Aplenzin include psychotherapy, alternative therapies (such as St. John's wort), electroconvulsive therapy, and other antidepressants. Other medications your healthcare provider may consider include SSRIs, SNRIs, MAOIs, or tricyclic antidepressants.

An Overview of Alternatives to Aplenzin

Aplenzin™ (bupropion hydrobromide) is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression). For most people, Aplenzin is effective at treating their symptoms, and most people tolerate it well.
However, as with all medicines, side effects can occur or the medicine may not adequately control a person's symptoms. Fortunately, there are several alternatives to Aplenzin for depression treatment, including:
  • Therapy
  • Other depression medications (also known as antidepressants)
  • Electroconvulsive therapy
  • Alternative (natural) therapies.

Therapy as an Aplenzin Alternative

Many forms of psychotherapy, including some short-term (10 to 20 weeks) therapies, can help people with depression. "Talk" therapies help people gain insight into and resolve their problems through verbal exchange with the therapist, sometimes combined with "homework" assignments between sessions. Behavioral therapists help people 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.
(Click Psychotherapy for Depression to learn more about this depression treatment option.)
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