• Midinah Midinah
    May 12, 2009
    Over-the-counter medications for depression?
    Midinah Midinah
    May 12, 2009

    My friend is gradually going off his antidepressants without his doctor's advice because he's lost his medical insurance and can no longer pay for them. I see changes in his personality that aren't positive, and I'm wondering if there's an over-the-counter medication option for his depression.  



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

    It is never a good idea to just quit an antidepressant cold turkey as there may be bad side effects.  That said, 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, and 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 your friend 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 antidepressant he was taking, however, and they can be quite expensive as well. It might be less expensive to pay for the prescriptions at WalMart than to buy the supplements.


    Here are some articles you might find useful in the meantime:


    10 Ways Depression Will Change You


    Getting Your Depressed Partner to Communicate


    7 Ways to Beat the Blues 



  • Paul May 13, 2009
    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.


  • leavemealone May 12, 2009
    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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