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Finally we have the antidepressants that are in small classes, sometimes with a membership all their own, and accepted treatment options for depression that aren’t medications.
While serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin & norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) are the current standard for antidepressants, we also have the norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitor bupropion. It comes in several flavors:
- Aplenzin (bupropion hydrobromide)
- Wellbutrin (bupropion HCl)
- Wellbutrin SR (bupropion HCl)
- Wellbutrin XL (bupropion HCl)
- Zyban (bupropion HCl)
There are some others under development, available only overseas, or used off-label to treat depression. These include:
- Radafaxine - one of Wellbutrin’s active metabolites
- Triple reuptake inhibitors (TRIs), like putting Lexapro and Wellbutrin in one pill. Unfortunately…
- Just like Meridia (sibutramine), tesofensine works as well, if not better as an anti-obesity med. There’s a lot more money in obesity than depression.
- Similarly bicifadine is testing well as an analgesic, so it might follow Savella’s (milnacipran) path as a pain treatment, where there’s still more money than there is in depression.
- There are several other TRIs in the works, but they haven’t made it to the point where they have generic names. Like PRC200-SS.
- There are also dopamine-selective reuptake inhibitors in the works, but I doubt any of them will see the light of day in the US.
An interesting and effective class of antidepressants that are unfortunately hampered by a couple of drawbacks. Serzone (nefazodone HCl) can make your liver explode, which is why you won’t find brand Serzone anywhere and few doctors will prescribe it. Trazodone, rarely, if ever, prescribed by brand, is almost always prescribed off-label as a sleep aid. It can be an effective antidepressant, but usually at its highest dosages. And when added to something else. And with that short half-life it would probably work better if taken three times a day, which most people can’t deal with.
You can add Abilify to most modern antidepressants with the FDA’s blessing. Since depression is far more socially acceptable than bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, BMS is really pushing Abilify as an antidepressant. Symbyax is the most recent two-in-one pill, but the combination has been around for a long, long time.
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- Brintellix (vortioxetine) - the most atypical AD around.
- Valdoxan (agomelatine)
- Viibryd (vilazodone) - although Viibryd is really nothing more than a potent SSRI with the added bonus of being a partial 5-HT1A agonist. In English: It’s like taking Paxil and BuSpar.
- Stablon (tianeptine) - technically not a medication in the US.
- FDA-approved treatments for depression-spectrum disorders
- Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)
- Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS)
- Vagal Nerve Stimulator (VNS)
- Non-drug treatments generally accepted to be effective in treating depression-spectrum disorders
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) - the only form of talk therapy recognized by most psychopharmacologists and psychiatric researchers to be as effective as meds. While somewhat narrow-minded of them, at least there is a form of talk therapy that the psychiatric community says is as good as any drug, if not better than a few of them.
- Lovaza (omega-3-acid ethyl esters) - AKA prescription-strength omega-3 fish oil. Treating depression is an off-label application, and practically everyone buys decent fish oil from a supplements retailer, so Lovaza itself is rarely used to treat depression. I have it here because for the PI sheet, with all of those side effects. As we’ve written all over this site, if something is going to work, it’s going to have side effects. 300–1,200 mg a day of the EPA component is generally accepted to be an effective antidepressant, either by itself for mild-to-moderate depression, or as an add-on for MDD and other serious depression-spectrum disorders.
- S-Adenosyl methionine (SAM-e) another supplement recognized as being effective, although it’s not as accepted as EPA.
- Light Therapy. This one is specific to seasonal affective depression.
- Yes, there really is such a thing as Dark Therapy. Great for weirdos like me and my pharmacist, whose symptoms are worse during daylight hours; or who are more susceptible to depression and/or anxiety when there is more sunlight instead of less. Usually cheaper and more eco-friendly than Light Therapy.
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