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If side effects occur, or if your depression symptoms cannot be controlled with Pristiq, alternatives to the medication are available. Psychotherapy, electroconvulsive therapy, and complementary treatments are available, as are a number of different medications licensed for treating depression. Some of the medication alternatives to Pristiq include SSRIs, other SNRIs, MAOIs, and tricyclic antidepressants.

Pristiq Alternatives: An Overview

Pristiq® (desvenlafaxine succinate) is a prescription medicine used to treat depression. It is part of a class of drugs known as serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). For most people, Pristiq is effective and well tolerated.
However, as with all medicines, bothersome or dangerous side effects can occur, or the medicine may not adequately control depression symptoms. Fortunately, several alternatives to Pristiq are available to treat depression, including
  • Therapy
  • Other depression medications (also known as antidepressants)
  • Electroconvulsive therapy
  • Alternative (natural) therapies.

Therapy as a Pristiq Alternative

Many forms of psychotherapy, including some short-term 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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