Over-the-counter Medications For Depression?


Asked by Midinah

Over-the-counter Medications For Depression?

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.


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  

Answered by Merely Me