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Although most people tolerate nortriptyline well, the medication may cause bothersome side effects or it may not work as well as intended. In these situations, there are several alternatives to nortriptyline, such as therapy, other depression medications, or alternative therapies. Some of the medications that can be used as nortriptyline alternatives include SSRIs, SNRIs, MAOIs, and tricyclic antidepressants. In situations where therapy and medications do not work, people may also consider electroconvulsive therapy.
Nortriptyline Alternatives: An Overview
Nortriptyline hydrochloride (Pamelor®) is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression). Nortriptyline is part of a group of antidepressant medications called tricyclic antidepressants.
For many people, nortriptyline is effective in 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 patient's symptoms. Fortunately, there are several alternatives to nortriptyline for depression treatment, including:
- Other depression medications (also known as antidepressants)
- Electroconvulsive therapy
- Alternative (natural) therapies.