Alternatives to Duloxetine and Signs of an Overdose
Alternatives to DuloxetineDepression, even in its most severe form, is highly treatable. As with many illnesses, getting depression 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 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, duloxetine 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 duloxetine. Some examples of substitute depression medications include:
- Other serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
- Norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitors (NDRIs)
- Tricyclic antidepressants
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs).
(Click Cymbalta Alternatives to learn more about alternatives for duloxetine. Click Dealing With Depression to learn other ways of managing depression.)
- A fast heartbeat
- Feeling faint
- Muscle spasms
- Difficulty walking
If you happen to overdose on duloxetine, seek medical attention immediately.
(Click Cymbalta Overdose for more information.)