Depression, even in its most severe form, is highly treatable. As with many illnesses, getting depression treatment early is more effective and reduces the chances 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, Paxil CR is quite effective at treating depression. It is also generally well tolerated. However, it is possible that side effects will occur, or the medicine may not work as well as needed. In these cases, your healthcare provider may recommend an alternative to Paxil CR. 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 CR Alternatives to learn more about alternatives to Paxil CR. Click Dealing With Depression to learn other ways of managing depression.)