Alternatives to BupropionDepression, 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 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, bupropion is quite effective at treating depression. It is also generally well-tolerated. However, it is possible that side effects will occur or that the medicine may not work as well as needed. In these cases, your healthcare provider may recommend an alternative to bupropion. 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 about alternatives for bupropion. Click Dealing With Depression to learn other ways of managing depression.)
- 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 overdose, seek medical attention immediately.
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