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Prozac Alternatives

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Antidepressant medications such as Prozac bring with them extraordinary side effects. Natural Prozac alternatives can provide a markedly different experience so that you can take back your life.

There are some powerful natural remedies for depression which may be used in place of pharmaceutical antidepressant medications.

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Overview of Antidepressant Alternatives

There are a number of different alternatives to Prozac for depression or other symptoms. This medication, also known as Fluoxetine, is part of a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and is a frequently prescribed treatment for depression and other mental health conditions. There are a number of Prozac side effects that may occur from taking this drug. And in some cases, mental conditions cannot be treated with antidepressants. Fortunately, options that are antidepressant alternatives to Prozac are available for those who suffer from side effects or ineffective treatment from this medication. Some of the most common alternatives include therapy, other antidepressant drugs, electroconvulsive therapy, and natural Prozac alternative therapies. At Alternative to Meds Center, we are certain that there are alternative solutions besides continuing to be medicated with prescription depression drugs. We employ effective alternatives to Prozac for anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems.

Individuals seeking alternatives to Prozac for anxiety or depression may find that their doctor wants to keep them on medication and if this drug isn’t working, the doctor may suggest another similar drug. Doctors often prescribe the following prescription medications as Fluoxetine alternatives: other SSRIs such as Paxil (Paroxetine), selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRI’s) such as Cymbalta (Duloxetine), tricyclic antidepressants such as Elavil (Amitriptyline), and monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) such as Nardil (Phenelzine). These drugs are often very similar in side effects and have similar chances of being ineffective or causing withdrawal symptoms if the drug is discontinued.

Prozac Alternatives Therapies

With the many side effects of this medication, clearly it is ineffective. Some individuals may consider natural approaches to Prozac alternatives. Many people fend off depression naturally through forms of Prozac alternatives help, not by taking a trip to the doctor’s office. Depression and other mental conditions are very often a result of internal causal factors.

Using other antidepressant drugs as alternatives to Prozac for depression or anxiety may not be the answer for most people, as the reasons for seeking alternatives may also be present with other prescription drug treatments. Prozac alternatives therapy is highly regarded and strongly recommended for individuals seeking antidepressant alternatives. Many different forms of psychotherapy can help people manage symptoms of depression and help them to make consistent steps toward their desired mental health goals. (1) 

Talk therapies can allow a depressed individual to look at their problems from another perspective and find resolutions for these problems through talking with the talk therapist. Talk therapists can also help patients with being more satisfied with their own actions and unlearning the patterns of behavior and thought which may be contributing to depression or resulting from it. 

Underlying Causative Factors of Depression

Heavy metal toxicity; nutritional deficiencies; irregularities in sleep, diet or physical activity; relationships; environmental factors; and many other aspects of one’s life and lifestyle play a role in the symptoms and outcome of depression. When doctors prescribe an antidepressant for a mental condition, it appears as though they are making a quick fix, as opposed to testing all areas of the body and mind to identify underlying causative factors.

Depression is not a quick-fix issue, though, and the use of prescription drugs may make depression worse for some by emerging side effects, ineffectiveness, dependency issues, and withdrawal symptoms. Effective treatment for depression may be achieved by discovering the underlying reasons that cause depression. Instead of trying to fix depression symptoms with drugs, addressing the underlying causes of depression may truly alleviate the symptoms rather than being covered up by the effects of an antidepression drug. 

There Are Effective Natural Alternatives

Other popular and potentially effective Prozac alternative medicines include anxiety or depression relieving supplements and vitamins such as valerian and St. John’s Wort, and serotonin-producing amino acids such as L-tryptophan. Any positive effects of this drug can be easily recreated with natural medicines and healing therapies. There is no reason to suffer from side effects or ineffectiveness when equally effective and side-effect-free Prozac alternatives therapy is available.

People are often given an antidepressant prescription without any prior investigations into what might be causing their depression. Low Serotonin is frequently blamed as the cause for depression but what about food allergies which slow metabolism, environmental neurotoxins like heavy metals that ruin our energy metabolism, or low thyroid? The depressed individual may have a diet that is so severely poor in nutrients, that they are not able to produce what is required for optimal brain health.

Or, a person may just be completely wrapped up in an unsatisfying life and they need a supportive and stable environment to make changes. Any of these issues could be underlying causes of depression. But instead of addressing these underlying problems, a person is usually given an antidepressant that brings on even more problems than were present before using the medication. (2)

serotonin deficiencySSRI’s like Fluoxetine block serotonin reuptake, they do not produce any serotonin. Serotonin is made for reuptake, so it can be used again by the nerve cell. But, when the serotonin is being forced out into nerve space (synapse), there is then no serotonin available for reuptake and it will eventually degrade into its own metabolites. This is very similar to the process of cocaine relieving depression for only a short time. Cocaine will use up all of the person’s dopamine, rather than producing any of it.

Alternative to Meds Center’s Integrative Approach

At Alternative to Meds Center, we find potential medical reasons for why an individual is depressed. Our program’s protocol uses lab testing, stabilization of the neurochemistry through using natural substances, cessation that removes environmentally accumulated toxins, withdrawal techniques, IV amino treatment, nutritional therapy, peer support, exercise, yoga, massage, and other therapies to successfully combat depression and create effective Prozac alternatives natural help plans.

(1)  Meredith L, Mazel R, “Counseling for Depression by Primary Care Providers.” The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine [INTERNET] December 1, 2000 [cited May 27, 2020]

(2)  Harvard Medical School, “Is your medication making you depressed?”  Harvard Health Publication [INTERNET] October 2015 [cited May 27, 2020]



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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