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, such as:
- 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 trazodone are available, including other medications and therapy. Talk to your healthcare provider if trazodone is not working for you or your child, or if you are experiencing bothersome side effects. You may need to try one of the trazodone alternatives mentioned in this article.