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It is an unfortunate reality that SSRI medications such as Effexor are too often administered without thoroughly understanding the nature of the patient’s mental health, particularly when effective, natural Effexor alternatives could very likely be the best option.

A host of possible factors can bring on feelings of depression. It is not necessarily a medication deficiency despite insinuations that it probably is. 

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Alternative to Meds Provides Effective Effexor Alternatives

ATMC testingWhen a person is struggling with bothersome Effexor side effects or other problems related to this medication, they may consider Effexor alternatives help.1, 4 We know other resolutions exist besides living a lifetime medicated on antidepressant drugs. Do you wish to see a loved one or yourself start living life in a way you know is reachable? 

In many cases, Effexor may not adequately treat symptoms. Effexor (venlafaxine) has a very short half-life, approximately 4 hours. This means a late or missed dose can cause grievous problems, resulting in time lost at work, injuries and accidents, and other negative consequences. Additionally, serious harm to health can occur because of potentially life-threatening Effexor side effects that may occur. For all of these reasons, many begin to consider Effexor alternatives that are safer and less intrusive or injurious. The bottom line is, if this antidepressant medication is not working as it should or if you are experiencing unwanted side effects, talk with your doctor about alternatives to Effexor.

Vanquishing Depression Without Drugs


According to truckloads of medical literature, depression is an extremely common problem in today’s world. The term is used to describe a type of mental illness that apparently millions upon millions of people suffer from. There are alternative health practitioners who have looked at the problem closely and are not convinced that we are looking at a mysterious mental affliction at all. We are looking at an actual problem but we don’t all agree that the best answer will come from a pharmaceutical drug.5 Mainstream medicine attempts to treat depression with antidepressant medications. But because they don’t always “work,” and because they also create unwanted side effects of their own, many people have begun seeking natural antidepressant alternatives for their depression. Some people may seek alternatives after they have tried traditional depression (drug-based) treatments and have been non-responsive to them or intolerable to side effects. Other people are simply looking for non-chemical, natural ways to treat depression. 

Talk-therapy: Effective, Natural Alternative to Antidepressants

talk therapy No matter what the reason is for desiring Effexor alternatives for depression, fortunately, there are a whole host of alternative Effexor options. These can be “stand-alone” or can be used in conjunction with other strategies and alternative therapies. Talk therapies are very effective alternatives for treating depression. During a talk therapy session, patients are able to gain insight from an objective person and often are able to work through their problems through meaningful verbal exchange with their talk therapist.

Many talk therapy sessions also include homework assignments to practice in the real world between sessions. Talk therapists and behavioral therapists help their patients to learn how they can obtain more satisfaction and reward from their own actions and words, and their lifestyle choices. It can be an enlightening experience to learn how to recognize and undo negative and/or unhealthy behavioral patterns. Changing the contributors to depression can help to lessen their feelings of despondency, dissatisfaction, or hopelessness in their life. And all that without a pill bottle in sight. 

Nutrition: Alternative Drug-free Therapy With No Side Effects

Depression can also be attributed to a lack of nutrients or deficiencies in certain vitamins that our bodies need to function at their full capability; mentally and physically. Another aspect of antidepressant alternatives for depression includes natural medicine such as vitamins, herbs, remedies, dietary supplements, minerals, and naturally occurring substances that are healthy for the body and mind. Valerian, kava, St. Johns Wort, omega-3 essential fatty acids, SAMe (S-adenosyl-L-methionine), vitamin B6, and 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) are some of the commonly used supplements in alternative medicine for depression. Another example, vitamin B6 is a vitamin that is needed for producing certain chemicals in the brain including serotonin and dopamine. Dietary changes, as well, provide essential, effective Effexor alternatives. 

Acupuncture: Popular Effexor Alternative 

effexor alternativesAcupuncture is a popular, feel-good, and effective method of Effexor natural alternative therapy for depression. Depression can sometimes be a result of suppressing feelings of sadness, anger, or embarrassment rather than expressing these feelings and letting them go. Acupuncturists use the surface of the body to connect to the inner body and mind to unblock repressed energy that can be contributing to depression. Once this blocked, regressed, negative energy is released; the person can start to address the regressions as they come up to the surface. Acupuncture sessions usually leave a person feeling elevated in mood, refreshed, and empowered. 

Can Drugs Fix the Causes of Depression? 

getting off effexorDrug companies push the idea hard that depression is caused by not taking drugs, not taking enough drugs, and not taking the “right” drugs.3 However, we want to discover root causes and treat them. Alternative therapies for Effexor cover a very broad range of actual causes for depressed mood, chronic anger, and other undesirable symptoms that Effexor is often prescribed to “treat.” We should listen to our symptoms, and treat them in ways that do not lay in further harm, especially to a person whose health is already in a fragile condition. Acupuncture, talk therapy, vitamin/nutritional therapy, and many other Effexor alternatives make effective strategies in treating symptoms of depression without drugs. Additional therapies include aromatherapy, massage therapy, reflexology, yoga, meditation, and exercise. We really cannot overemphasize the fact that nutrients can be fundamental in regulating neurochemistry, and how significantly that can benefit mental health naturally. 

Effexor alternatives for mental healthThere is much to discover about effectively reducing unwanted symptoms, especially without introducing potentially harmful drugs into the picture. When one realizes the possible injurious results of pharmaceutical drugs, natural alternatives become a logical and welcome choice.2

Where drugs have already been introduced and found lacking in efficacy, we can help transition to drug-free, healthy living. We invite you to contact us at Alternative to Meds for more information on how we may be able to guide you or a loved one with Effexor alternatives in improving mental health naturally.

1. Rubino A, Roskell N, Tennis P, Mines D, Welch S, Andrews E, “Venlafaxine Associated With Increased Risk of Suicide and Attempted Suicide.” The Formulary Watch [Internet] 2007 May 1 [cited 2020 Aug 26]

2. Dixon, K, “US FDA Says Effexor Antidepressant Ad Misleading.” Reuters News, [Internet] 2007 Dec 14 [cited 2020 Aug 26]

3. >Hosseini F, Amini F, Mojtaba Y, Ardekani Y, Shariat N, Nadi M, “Double-Blind Randomized Clinical Trial of the Efficacy of Venlafaxine Versus Citalopram in the Treatment of the Acute Phase of Major Depressive Disorder.” Iranian Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences [Internet] 2015 Jun 1 [cited 2020 Aug 26]

4. Mayo Clinic Patient Information, “Venlafaxine (Oral Route) Side Effects.” Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research ]Internet] 2020 Aug 1 [cited 2020 Aug 26]

5. Breggin P, “SSRI and Other Antidepressants Page.” Psychiatric Drug Facts blog [Internet] [cited 2020 Aug 26]

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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.

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