Depending on where you live you may have only one NSRI from which to choose. In the US that’s Strattera (atomoxetine). Elsewhere in the world it’s reboxetine - sold under the brand names Edronax, Vestra and Norebox. Once upon a time Strattera was available only in the US. No longer. Strattera (atomoxetine) is now available in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, and New Zealand. Maybe more countries. The third NSRI, Catatrol (viloxazine), is still available after all. In the US it has the nebulous status as an orphan drug1 - a medication for a rare condition. In this case catalepsy. Good luck getting a prescription for it if you don’t freeze up stiffer than the audience plant at a cut-rate Vegas hypnotist act.
Strattera doesn’t have FDA approval to treat depression, but it looks and acts so much like reboxetine that it may as well be an antidepressant. I classify it as an antidepressant based entirely upon its chemical structure and mechanism of action (how it works in your brain). Officially Strattera (atomoxetine) is miscellaneous psychotherapeutic agent, because non-stimulant treatment for ADD/ADHD still blows the FDA’s mind.
If you like, or think you might like an NSRI, but they are not, or are no longer an option for you, the next best thing is a TCA, specifically Norpramin (desipramine). Like all TCAs desipramine is also an antihistamine, a serotonin reuptake inhibitor, and has anticholinergic and norepinephrine antagonistic properties. Of all the TCAs desipramine is about as close to an NSRI as you’re going to get, because it does doesn’t mess with anything else, overall, as other TCAs. Vivactil (protriptyline) is also a good substitute, but obscure and expensive. At 50mg a day the generic (the brand is long gone) costs over $300 a month when you have to pay full retail.
Medicine Is The Best Medicine
I <3 Wellbutrin
- Low side effect profile
- While the possible side effects are fewer, and generally suck less, than those associated with SSRIs, SNRIs, TCAs and MAOIs, you’re actually more likely to have the common side effects, and for those problems to stick around.
- No discontinuation syndrome like SSRIs and SNRIs
- But NSRIs are more likely to poop-out (tachyphylaxis) than SSRIs, and you don’t have much choice in the way of other meds to try if that happens.
- NSRIs are less likely to trigger mania in the bipolar than SSRIs.
- While NSRIs are less likely to trigger mania, they are also far less likely to work for depression. People who need only norepinephrine adjustments to help with depression make up a small minority of the mood disorder population. My best guess is somewhere in the 10–15% range.
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