Alternatives to ParoxetineDepression, 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).
For most people, paroxetine is quite effective at treating depression. It is also generally well-tolerated. However, side effects can occur -- or the medicine may not work as well as needed. In such cases, your healthcare provider may recommend an alternative to paroxetine. Some examples of substitute depression medications include:
- Other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
- Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
- Norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitors (NDRIs)
- Tricyclic antidepressants
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs).
(Click Paxil Alternatives to learn more about alternatives to paroxetine. Click Dealing With Depression to learn about other ways of managing depression.)
People who take too much paroxetine may have overdose symptoms that could include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Shakiness (tremor)
- Rapid heart rate (tachycardia) or slow heart rate (bradycardia)
- Irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
- High blood pressure (hypertension) or low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Muscle pain or muscle stiffness
- Liver problems, including hepatitis
- Kidney failure
- Loss of life.
If you happen to overdose, seek medical attention immediately.
(Click Paxil Overdose for more information.)