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Alternatives to Vivactil

Depression, even in its most severe form, is highly treatable. As with many illnesses, getting 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 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).
 
Vivactil is quite effective at 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 Vivactil. Examples of substitute depression medications include:
 
(Click Vivactil Alternatives to learn more about these alternatives or click Dealing With Depression to learn about other ways of managing depression.)
 

What If I Take an Overdose of Vivactil?

People who take too much Vivactil may have overdose symptoms that could include:
 
  • Change in heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
  • Very low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • Seizures
  • Drowsiness
  • Coma
  • Confusion
  • Problems concentrating
  • Hallucinations
  • Dilated (wide open) pupils
  • Agitation
  • Overactive reflexes
  • Muscle tension
  • Vomiting
  • Low body temperature (hypothermia) or very high fever (hyperpyrexia)
  • Loss of life.
     
Taking too much of this medication can be dangerous. If you happen to overdose, seek immediate medical attention.
 
(Click Vivactil Overdose for more information.)
 
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