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.
Some people may also consider complementary or alternative treatments for depression instead of Prozac or other medications. Complementary or alternative treatments may 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.)
There are several alternatives to Prozac, including other medications and therapy. Talk to your healthcare provider if this drug is not working for you or your child, or if you are experiencing bothersome Prozac side effects. You may need to try one of the other depression treatments.