Are There Alternatives?Depression, even in its most severe form, is highly treatable. As with many illnesses, getting treatment for depression early is more effective and reduces the chance of recurrence.
The most common forms of treatment for depression are medications (antidepressants) and psychotherapy ("talk therapy"). In cases of severe depression, some 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, Wellbutrin is quite effective at treating depression. It is also generally well tolerated. However, side effects could occur during treatment or the medicine may not work as well as needed. In these cases, your healthcare provider may recommend an alternative to Wellbutrin. Some examples of substitute depression medications include:
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
- Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
- Tricyclic antidepressants
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs).
(Click Wellbutrin Alternatives to learn more. Click Dealing With Depression to learn other ways of managing depression.)
What If I Take an Overdose?People who take too much Wellbutrin may have overdose symptoms that could include:
- A rapid heart rate (tachycardia)
- Irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias)
- A fever
- Muscle tension, pain, and damage
- Low blood pressure (hypotension)
- Breathing problems
- Loss of life.
If you happen to take too much, seek prompt medical attention.
(Click Wellbutrin Overdose for more information.)