Many people with depression have been prescribed Trazodone. While it has been helpful for some for others, not so much. This article looks at some alternatives that you might consider in the place of Trazodone. You should not discontinue the use of any prescribed medications without consulting with your medical professional.
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What is Trazodone?
Trazodone is a popular tetracyclic antidepressant that is in the tetracyclic family. It is used to treat depression along with anxiety disorders.
What Are The Side Effects?
There are different levels of side effects experiences by Trazodone users. Here are some that are on the mild to moderate side. You should call your physician if these side effects continue or are become an issue:
Decreased sex drive or performance
Changes in your appetite or weight
Muscle aches or pains
If you experience the following severe side effects you should call your medical professional immediately:
Allergic reactions such as skin rash, swelling on your face, lips, or tongue or itching or hives
Feelings of elevated mood, impulsive behavior, decreased need for sleep and or racing thoughts.
Side effects are the primary reason that people look to replace Trazodone. While there are other antidepressants, people often prefer to avoid prescription drugs for fear of similar side effects.
What Are Some Alternatives For Trazodone?
So what are some of the most common natural alternatives to Trazodone? Here is a list:
- Psychotherapy, Electroconvulsive therapy and other alternative therapies – Therapy is often a viable alternative to medications. Some are short-term, lasting from ten to twenty weeks, or long term. Therapy offers patients the ability to learn more about themselves and focus on behaviors that they can control.
- Acupuncture – While the number of studies are limited, acupuncture has been shown effective in the treatment of depression.
- St. John’s wort – The chemical makeup of St. John’s wort and how it actually works aren’t well understood. There has been however some scientific evidence to support the use of St. John’s wort in the treatment of mild to moderate forms of depression. St. John’s wort has not been proven to be effective in the treatment of severe or major depression.
- Omega-3 fatty acids – There is some research to suggest that Omega-3 fatty acids can help smooth out the mood swings associated with depression. There still needs to be additional research done on this supplement.
- Vitamin B6 – Vitamin B6 is often used int the treatment of depression in women especially those taking oral contraceptives. This is because B6 helps in the enzymatic syntheses of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine. This also means that B6 can also help with the treatment of depression and mood changes involving women with PMS.
- SAMe (S-adenosyl-L-methionine) – While not effective for everyone, neither are antidepressants.
- 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) – 5-HTP has been shown to be effective alone and can also be used in conjunction with antidepressants.
We hope that you find these alternative treatments effective. Make sure and consult your doctor especially if you are taking prescription medications.