Did you know there are many drug-free bupropion alternatives? We continue to be surprised at how few prescribing physicians have learned about these non-toxic and effective treatments.
Did you know that there are medical and physical causes of depression? Such as hormones, vitamin/mineral deficiencies, poor diet, adrenal fatigue, environmental toxins, and many others? Medication can’t fix poor nutrition or your off-gassing furniture.
Do Your Symptoms
Our published evidence demonstrates that over 77% of people who tapered off and discontinued antidepressants in our program along with alternative strategies perform better in terms of fewer symptoms, brighter mood, better sleep, and many other improvements. A pill and a label and a fistful of side effects just can’t compete with that. Find out how our antidepressant alternatives programs may be helpful for you or a loved one who wants to get free of prescription drugs.
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At Alternative to Meds Center, we provide bupropion alternatives and treatment methods that can help you live a life free from antidepressants and their associated side effects.
What is Bupropion?
Although bupropion is classified as antidepressant medication, it is quite different from many other antidepressants on the market. Since its release in 1989, Bupropion’s pharmacological effects have been demonstrated in clinical trials on mice, rats, and in vitro, as a dual norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitor, without significantly affecting serotonin. The classification for this type of drug is NDRI — norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitor.5,6
Compared to other types of antidepressants, bupropion is considered less likely to produce side effects such as weight gain, sedation, and sexual dysfunction. However, according to Pompili et al in their massive review of all available literature from 1965 to 2010 on the subject of suicide risks and medications, published in Pharmaceuticals Journal, the risks of suicide and worsening depression are generally no different than other AD medications including SSRIs, SNRIs, NDRIs, tricyclics, or anti-anxiety medications on the market today. All of these drug classes have black boxes for suicide risk and worsening psychiatric symptoms.5,9,10
In conventional medicine, “alternative” antidepressants most often mean trying a different one when the first, second, or third antidepressant is not working.11
There is also a chance a physician or psychiatrist may recommend inducing major motor seizures with electroshock therapy if trial and error drug prescribing does not work.14 At one time, ECT was considered a “last resort” treatment only recommended when drugs did not do the job. Perhaps this was due to brain hemorrhages, memory impairments, and other neuronal damage associated with ECT.17,18 According to an exhaustive review of the medical literature regarding antidepressant efficacy, we find Kirsch et al’s infamous study16 which concludes antidepressants do not work better than placebo when applying strictly clinical standards of measurement, as well as the review by Penn et al which comes to the same conclusion in most respects, but argues that even if the effect is placebo-generated, does it really matter?15 One wonders if the contemporary rise in popularity in prescribing ECT might be due to the documented dismal success rates and drug-induced injuries associated with psychiatric drugs?
According to research done by Keks et al, up to two-thirds of patients diagnosed with MDD fail to respond to the first AD prescribed. Three-quarters of those patients who switched drugs also fail to achieve results with the second AD. This process of switching antidepressants can go on for quite some time. When a person decides to quit antidepressants after 6 weeks or more, antidepressant withdrawals can be expected, whether the drug proved helpful or not.12
At Alternative to Meds Center, we are focused on providing safer, natural alternatives to treat depression that are effective, but not harmful. Clients who come to Alternative to Meds Center are generally looking for two forms of help. One is to ease withdrawals during cessation from drugs such as bupropion and another is to improve their mental health naturally through the use of non-drug-based alternatives to get rid of the symptoms that led to prescription medication in the first place. Bupropion alternatives provide effective help on both counts.
Natural Remedies for Treating Depression
Our treatment center offers comprehensive programs to help individuals who are looking for bupropion alternative treatments and relief from original symptoms using non-drug-based treatments.
The first step is using lab testing and other assessments, discovering the real underlying medical reasons why a person is depressed, suffering insomnia, anxiety, or whatever combination of symptoms is occurring.
Ours is a logical sequence of actions. Once we have an understanding of the root causes, we’ve often found that environment, nutrition, and lifestyle changes are key.
Alternatives to bupropion for depression include:
Test for food allergies and adjust the diet accordingly30
*Studies such as DeRubeis et al’s as published in Nature Reviews Neuroscience1 have shown that counseling gets the same or even better results than medication in treating depression, especially when comparing long-term success.
Natural Alternatives to Bupropion
Behavioral therapists help individuals to learn how they can unlearn the thought and behavioral patterns that contribute to, result from, or cause their depression. Bupropion is FDA-approved to treat MDD, or major depressive disorders, but side effects while taking the medication could make this an unsatisfactory treatment option. Unwanted side effects are the most common reason for discontinuing the medication. Many are simply looking for a more natural way to maintain mental health. Luckily, there are a number of Wellbutrin alternatives that often prove to be highly effective.
Is Bupropion Really Needed?
As mentioned earlier, the most common alternatives suggested in conventional medicine will likely substitute a different prescription drug. So what are the other bupropion alternative natural approaches that do not involve chemically made prescription meds? First of all, people are often put on antidepressants prior to there being substantial investigative efforts to figure out why they have developed depression, anxiety, insomnia, or other problematic symptoms. Are they really just chemically imbalanced in their brain and there are no other reasons why they are depressed? What if they have low thyroid? 32 What if they have accumulated environmental neurotoxins that need clearing out, for example, toxic heavy metals that can damage energy metabolism? Colon hydrotherapy,nebulized glutathione are very often therapeutic. The person might have a diet so nutritionally poor that they are unable to produce what’s required for optimal brain health. Food allergies in which internal swelling slows down metabolism can also play a causal factor.30,31
There is a reason for symptoms to suddenly or gradually appear. We will do everything we can to search out the root causes and resolve them in drug-free, holistic, evidence-based ways.
Alternative to Meds Center Is Licensed to Treat Mental Health
We urge you to contact us for more information about these types of therapies. We combine these with identifying and treating the root causes of why the individual originally became depressed. We have proven that drug-free bupropion alternatives are safer to use, and can create success that is long-lasting.
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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.
Diane is an avid supporter and researcher of natural mental health strategies. Diane received her medical writing and science communication certification through Stanford University and has published over 3 million words on the topics of holistic health, addiction, recovery, and alternative medicine. She has proudly worked with the Alternative to Meds Center since its inception and is grateful for the opportunity to help the founding members develop this world-class center that has helped so many thousands regain natural mental health.
Medical Disclaimer: Nothing on this Website is intended to be taken as medical advice. The information provided on the website is intended to encourage, not replace, direct patient-health professional relationships. Always consult with your doctor before altering your medications. Adding nutritional supplements may alter the effect of medication. Any medication changes should be done only after proper evaluation and under medical supervision.