Depression, even in its most severe form, is highly treatable. As with many illnesses, getting depression treatment early is more effective and reduces the chance of recurrence.
The most common forms of treatment for depression are medication (antidepressants) and psychotherapy ("talk therapy"). In some cases of severe depression, healthcare providers may recommend electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Some people may also try complementary or alternative treatments for depression (see Natural Remedies for Depression).
Monoamine oxidase inhibitors, such as Parnate, are usually used as a last resort, when other antidepressants have failed. Most people who take Parnate will have tried most other alternatives to Parnate for depression. These alternatives include:
- Other monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
- Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
- Norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitors (NDRIs)
- Tricyclic antidepressants.
(Click Parnate Alternatives to learn more about alternatives for Parnate and Dealing With Depression to learn other ways of managing depression.)
People who take too much Parnate may have overdose symptoms that could include:
- Anxiety and severe agitation
- Very low blood pressure (hypotension)
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Severe headache
- High fever
If you happen to overdose on Parnate, seek medical attention immediately.
(Click Parnate Overdose for more information.)