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Several Forfivo XL alternatives are available if the medication is causing bothersome side effects or does not adequately control your depression symptoms. These alternatives include therapy, other antidepressants, electroconvulsive therapy, and natural remedies. In some cases, people may find it more beneficial to use a combination of these treatment options.

An Overview of Alternatives to Forfivo XL

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

Therapy as a Forfivo XL 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 by talking 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.)
 

Other Depression Medications

Fortunately, many medications are available to treat depression, although there are no other medications that work exactly like Forfivo XL. These antidepressant medications include:
 
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