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Last Updated on July 20, 2021 by Carol Gillette

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Medically Reviewed by Dr Samuel Lee MD

Generally, a rampant overuse of medications like amitriptyline (Elavil) instead of exploring amitriptyline alternatives has inflicted a tragic outcome for many.

Antidepressants like amitriptyline may have helped for a short time. However, using safer alternatives to amitriptyline or alternatives to Elavil can prevent a lifetime of being medicated.

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Why Seek Amitriptyline Alternatives?

amitriptyline suicide riskSometimes a physician completely misdiagnoses a patient by missing on factors like underlying medical conditions that were not explored. Many unknown factors may have contributed to depression and other symptoms. Today, universities do not train physicians to properly withdraw a patient from antidepressants. At the same time, schools do not train physicians to use alternatives to amitriptyline or other drugs. Consequently, they fail to resolve symptoms like depression in a healthy way, without drugs. We can help. We seek to discover what these contributing factors were, and resolve them safely in less toxic ways than simply drugging the patient.

The brand name for amitriptyline, Elavil, has been discontinued in the U.S. However, generic versions of the drug are still sold. This drug is known for its placing at or near the top spot for death by suicide. Nonetheless, the drug is now prescribed for pain, or as a “muscle relaxant,” and is considered safe for children as well as adults.

Originally marketed as an antidepressant (of the tricyclic variety) the drug is still used in treating depression.

Knowing the above facts, would it still be likely that a doctor would prescribe the drug as a first-line of treatment?

Sadly, it seems so.

What Alternatives to Amitriptyline Are There?

Each case presents unique circumstances, a scenario unto itself. Truly, many non-drug-based solutions relieve depression. Thus, these solutions don’t create toxic reactions, suicidality, or addiction/dependence. These can include checking for deficiencies and correcting them. Often, low levels of nutrients such as B vitamins, amino acids, vitamin D, and others can cause depression and other forms of mental dysfunction.1

Making Relationships Work Better, Managing Social Networking: Two Popular Amitriptyline Alternatives

natural alternatives to amitriptylineOne can analyze and change social circumstances to create a more positive and balanced life experience. Thus, one can remove negative impacts on mood. Additionally, we sometimes overlook the workplace, marital and familial interactions, and so on. Therefore, one can, with guidance, sort out and resolve trouble spots. One can reduce sources of stress. One can more effectively deal with stress. In these ways, one can carve out a better quality of life. Even the use of social networking can have profound effects on mood. A good ratio of positive social contacts can actually reduce depression. One may have to educate oneself about crafting and caring for relationships, but it is possible to do so. Gardeners know that “digging in the dirt” is a true source of happiness and satisfaction. It may not be just because the flowers are beautiful. Studies have shown how contact with microbes in healthy soil can generate a brighter mood, a happier outlook. It’s being called a natural antidepressant, but without the side effects! 2

Benefits of Exercise, Fresh Air and Sunshine

benefits of exercise, fresh airHave you ever wondered if doctors prescribe outdoor exercise and exposure to the sun especially in the darker months of winter? Well, this trend is becoming more and more mainstream according to Harvard Medical School reports. And, the practice is seeing positive results.3

Alternative to Meds Center is nestled just steps away from Sedona’s majestic red rocks, making it highly conducive to outdoor walks and hiking and, of course, plenty of sunshine for replenishing vitamin D. Our equine therapy programs are other ways to enhance the recovery process. A person recovering from deficiencies or desiring to balance natural neurochemistry may benefit greatly from simple adjustments to their daily regimen without the liabilities of drug-based treatments for depression.

How Important is Nutrition as an Alternative Treatment for Depression?

We tailor nutrition therapy to each individual’s actual needs. As a result, we give our clients proven foundations for success. We offer many other protocols that are much better and safer alternatives to amitriptyline and other drugs.

Find Out More About the Amitriptyline Alternatives Offered at Alternative to Meds Center

holistic therapies to restore mental healthAt Alternative to Meds Center, our amitriptyline alternatives programs are built around therapies that can restore natural mental health safely. We give our clients corrective nutrition, drug-free pain management, stress reduction, equine therapy, neurotoxin removal, trainer-led exercise, classes on stress reduction techniques, and many other types of therapeutic care.

Thankfully, the protocols used during ATMC treatment programs provide relief to clients using alternatives to amitriptyline or other drugs. Our programs work to restore natural mental health while a person recovers. In short, drugs rob the very elements needed to support robust health. Please contact us directly to find out more about how we can ease your or your loved one’s road to recovery. Find out more about transitioning to a drug-free life using Amitriptyline alternatives.

1. Sathyanarayana Rao T S, Ramesh B N, Jagannatha Rao, Understanding nutrition, depression, and mental illness. NIMH, Indian J Psychiatry 2008 Apr-Jun [INTERNET] [cited 2020 Aug 17]

2. “Antidepressant Microbes in Soil: How Soil Makes Your Brain Happy.” [Internet] N.D. [cited 2020 Aug 17]

3. A Prescription for Better Health: Go Alfresco. Harvard Health Letter 2010 Jul [INTERNET] [cited 2020 Aug 17]

Originally Published Mar 7, 2020 by Diane Ridaeus

This content has been reviewed and approved by a licensed physician.

Dr. Samuel Lee

Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline and integrative approaches. He graduated with an MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and did a residency in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has also been an inpatient adult psychiatrist at Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the primary attending geriatric psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital. In addition, he served as the general adult outpatient psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente.  He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College. His specialty is in natural healing techniques that promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

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