Which depression medication is the best?

While effectiveness of any treatment option depends on the individual’s situation, the most common medications prescribed for depression are SSRIs, which include: 

  • Prozac (fluoxetine)
  • Paxil/Prexeva (paroxetine)
  • Zoloft (sertraline)
  • Celexa (citalopram)
  • Lexapro (escitalopram)

Antidepressants are far and away the most common treatment for people with depression, but they are not the only form of treatment. Other types of treatment include: 

  • Psychotherapy
  • Anxiolytics
  • Antipsychotics
  • Mood stabilizers 

If you or someone you know needs medication to treat depression, consult your doctor to find what’s best for your case.

Are depression medications addictive?

  • No. Studies indicate medications used to treat depression are not addictive
  • However, your body may become accustomed to medication; changes or discontinuation of medication may require a taper under the supervision of your physician

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