Depression, even in its most severe form, is highly treatable. As with many illnesses, getting 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 cases of severe depression, healthcare providers may recommend electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Some people may also try complementary or alternative depression treatments (see Natural Remedies for Depression).
For most people, trimipramine is quite effective at treating depression. It is also generally well tolerated. However, side effects may occur during treatment or the medicine may not work as well as needed. In these cases, your healthcare provider may recommend an alternative to trimipramine. Some examples of substitute depression medications include:
- Other tricyclic antidepressants
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
- Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
- Norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitors (NDRIs)
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs).
(Click Surmontil Alternatives to learn more about alternatives to trimipramine and click Dealing With Depression to learn about other ways of managing this condition.)
People who take too much trimipramine may have overdose symptoms that could include:
- Changes in heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
- Very low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Trouble concentrating
- Muscle tension
- A low body temperature (hypothermia) or high fever (hyperpyrexia)
- Loss of life.
An overdose with trimipramine can be dangerous. If you happen to take too much, seek immediate medical attention.
(Click Surmontil Overdose for more information.)