I have tried many drugs over the years and nothing worked until I took Nardil... I was taken off Nardil after being Dx'ed with MS in 96. A Doctor told me that there is a drug that works like Nardil but is NOT a MAO inhibitor... now because I can't make it to his office he will not tell me the name of this Drug over the phone. Does anyone know what drug he might be talking about... Need to get back on something and I've tried so many different things that don't work... that's why I went on the Nardil... yes it's dangerous and very old school now and can't I can't be put back on it... so I need to find out What Medication works like Nardil but is NOT a MAO inhibitor... Thanks!!
Many medications are available to treat depression. These medications include:
* Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
* Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
* Tricyclic antidepressants
* Miscellaneous other antidepressants.
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)
SSRIs are usually effective at treating depression and typically do not have many serious side effects. They work by increasing the level of serotonin available for cells of the brain. Antidepressant medications in this category include:
Citalopram (Celexa); Escitalopram (Lexapro); Fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem, Selfemra); Fluvoxamine (Luvox, Luvox CR); Paroxetine (Paxil, Paxil CR, Pexeva); Sertraline (Zoloft).
Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors
These antidepressants are similar to SSRIs, except that they also affect norepinephrine (another chemical in the brain). SNRIs used to treat depression include:
Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq); Duloxetine (Cymbalta); Venlafaxine (Effexor, Effexor XR).
Milnacipran (Savella) is an SNRI that is not approved for the treatment of depression (although it may be used off-label for this purpose).
Tricyclic antidepressants are another older class of antidepressants. Due to certain side effects, they are generally not recommended for elderly people. Depression medicines in this category include:
Amitriptyline (Elavil); Amoxapine (Asendin); Clomipramine (Anafranil); Desipramine (Norpramin); Doxepin (Sinequan); Imipramine (Tofranil); Maprotiline (Ludiomil); Nortriptyline (Pamelor); Protriptyline (Vivactil); Trimipramine (Surmontil).
Several other antidepressants are available, including:
Bupropion (Aplenzin, Budeprion SR, Budeprion XL, Buproban, Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin SR, Wellbutrin XL, Zyban), a norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitor; Mirtazapine (Remeron); Nefazodone (Serzone); Trazodone (Desyrel) or trazodone ER (Oleptro).
Sometimes, stimulant medications such as methylphenidate (Ritalin) are used to treat depression when other medications have not helped, although stimulants are not approved for this use.
Some people may also consider complementary or alternative treatments for depression, such as:
Acupuncture; St. John's wort; Omega-3 fatty acids; Vitamin B6; SAMe (S-adenosyl-L-methionine); 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan); Valerian.
Please do not self medicate, do consult a doc/pharmacist, hope the info helped? Take care, be well & safe.
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