For most people, antidepressants can work wonders for depression treatment. However, some people do not respond adequately to antidepressants, even if different antidepressants are tried. In such situations, non-antidepressant medications may be given to boost the effects of the antidepressant. This is known as augmentation. In addition to Abilify, there are several different options for augmentation treatment of major depression, including:
- Buspirone (BuSpar®)
- Lithium (Eskalith®, Lithobid®)
- Pindolol (Visken®)
- Thyroid medications, including:
A Summary of Abilify Alternatives
There are several Abilify alternatives, including other medications and therapy. Talk with your healthcare provider if Abilify is not working for you or if you are experiencing bothersome Abilify side effects. You may need to try one of the other bipolar disorder or schizophrenia treatments or depression augmentation strategies.