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Are There Alternatives to Sertraline?

Depression, 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, sertraline 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. Some examples of substitute depression medications include:
 
(Click Zoloft Alternatives to learn more. Click Dealing With Depression for information about other ways of managing depression.)
 

What If I Take an Overdose?

People who take too much sertraline may have overdose symptoms that could include:
 
If you happen to take too much, seek immediate medical attention.
 
(Click Sertraline Overdose for more information.)
 
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