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Other Depression Medications

Fortunately, there are many medications available to treat depression. Some of these medications include:
 
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)
For the most part, SSRIs are very effective at treating depression and do not have many serious side effects. They work by increasing the level of serotonin available for cells of the brain. These antidepressant medications can include:
 
Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors
These antidepressants are very similar to SSRIs, except that they also affect norepinephrine (another chemical in the brain). SNRIs used to treat depression can include:
 
 
Milnacipran (Savella™) is an SNRI that is not approved for the treatment of depression (although it may be used off-label for this purpose).
  
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs)
Monoamine oxidase inhibitors are a class of older medications used for treating depression. There are many serious food and drug interactions with MAOIs. Because of this, MAOIs are usually used only if other medications for depression have not been effective. Some examples of MAOI types of depression medication include:
 
Tricyclic Antidepressants
Tricyclic antidepressants are another older class of antidepressants. Surmontil is a tricyclic antidepressant. Due to certain side effects, they are generally not recommended for elderly people. In addition to Surmontil, tricyclic types of depression medicine can include:
 
Miscellaneous Antidepressants
There are several other antidepressants available, including:
 

 

Sometimes, stimulant medications such as methylphenidate (Ritalin®) are used to treat depression when other medications have not helped. However, stimulants are not approved for this use.
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