In situations where medication, therapy, and the combination of these treatments prove ineffective, or work too slowly to relieve severe symptoms, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may be considered.
People may also consider complementary or alternative treatments for depression. Such treatments include:
- St. John's wort
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Vitamin B6
- SAMe (S-adenosyl-L-methionine)
- 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan)
(Click Natural Remedies for Depression or Acupuncture and Depression for more information on what research has shown regarding these alternative treatments.)
Several alternatives to Pristiq are available, including other medications and therapy. Talk to your healthcare provider if the medication is not working for you or your child, or if you are experiencing bothersome Pristiq side effects. You may need to try one of the other depression treatments discussed in this article.