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 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 treatments for depression (see Natural Remedies for Depression).
Desyrel is generally quite effective in treating depression. It is also generally well tolerated. However, 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 Desyrel. Examples of substitute depression medications include:
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
- Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
- Norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitors (NDRIs)
- Tricyclic antidepressants
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs).
(Click Trazodone Alternatives to learn more about alternatives for Desyrel. Click Dealing With Depression to learn about other ways of managing depression.)
People who take too much Desyrel may have overdose symptoms that could include:
- Priapism (a painful erection of the penis that does not go away)
- Breathing problems
- Irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
- Loss of life.
If you happen to overdose, seek immediate medical attention.
(Click Trazodone Overdose for more information.)