Depression, even in its most severe form, is highly treatable. As with many illnesses, getting depression 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 some cases of severe depression, 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, amoxapine is quite effective at treating depression. It is also generally well tolerated. However, amoxapine side effects can occur or the medicine may not work as well as needed. In these cases, your healthcare provider may recommend an alternative to amoxapine. 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 Amoxapine Alternatives to learn more about alternatives to this drug and Dealing With Depression to learn other ways of managing depression.)
People who take too much of this medicine may have overdose symptoms that could include:
- Overly acidic blood (acidosis)
- Kidney failure (renal failure)
- Muscle pain
- Loss of life.
Overdose with amoxapine can be very dangerous. If you happen to overdose, seek medical attention immediately.
(Click Amoxapine Overdose for more information.)