• Midinah Midinah
    May 12, 2009
    Is there a list of over-the-counter medications for depression?
    Midinah Midinah
    May 12, 2009

    My friend is gradually going off his anti-depression medication without his doctor's advice. I see changes in his personality that aren't positive. He refuses to renew his prescription because he is now without medical insurance and refuses to pay.  Is there any substitute - that is, an over-the-counter medication that helps with clinical depression? Thank you. Midinah

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  • Merely Me
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    May 12, 2009
    Merely Me
    Health Guide
    May 12, 2009

    Hi there

     

    This is most unfortunate for your friend.  It is never a good idea to just quit an antidepressant cold turkey as there may be bad side effects.

     

    Stay tuned for an article I will post on Monday about how to get treatment and meds without having insurance or money.

     

    Here is some of the information I will give you now:

     

    Walmart has a four dollar prescription program your friend may want to look into.

     

    Here is a listing of all the prescription meds that Walmart will fill for just four dollars.

     

    Some of the antidepressants listed include:

     

    - Amitriptyline (Elavil)
    - Citalopram (Celexa, which is the older version of Lexapro)
    - Doxepin (Adapine or Sinquan)
    - Fluoxetine (Prozac)
    - Nortriptyline (Aventyl)
    - Paroxetine (Paxil)
    - Trazodone (Desyrel or Trialodine)

     

    * There is also an organization called Needy Meds which may be able to give you assistance in obtaining your medications.  Just follow this link.

     

    As far as over the counter treatment...he could try a natural supplement such as 5-HTP, St. John's Wort, or SAM-e.  None of these may be as effective as the anti-depressant he was taking however.  And too...these all cost money.

     

    Hope this helps some.  Thank you for your question.


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  • Paul May 13, 2009
    Paul
    May 13, 2009

    Let me refer you to this question answered yesterday by the community leader here, Merely Me, which talks about this and, come Monday she is publishing an article here to help answer your very question.

     

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  • leavemealone May 12, 2009
    leavemealone
    May 12, 2009

    I was told to try st. john's wort & I did and it freaked me out- bad moods.

    Doubt there are.  What you eat can have affect on depression so that might be a good thing to look into.

    I'm always too close to the edge to consider 'natural' or otc alternatives to anti-depps.

    Women's tylenol used to help me a lot if I was just moody.

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