6 Alternatives to Prozac

February 20, 2007 by  
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By Beverly Terhune

Amino Acids

The building blocks of neurotransmitters; the amino acid 5-HTP is the most popular. Talking it can elevate the mood in cases of depression, anxiety, and panic attacks, and relieve insomnia. This supplement also increases the production of the neurotransmitter serotonin.

B Vitamins

Many people, particularly women over 65, have B-12 deficiencies and respond dramatically to injections of this vitamin – Vitamin B-12 lozenges are also available and quite inexpensive. All B vitamins can boost mood; they work by facilitating neurotransmitter function.

Other pluses of taking a good Vitamin B complex are that they are critical for the prevention of heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s.


This hormone is marketed in Europe specifically for post-menopausal depression, though it may be helpful for other forms as well. DHEA has been used in conjunction with estrogen to treat hot flashes. It may also help to elevate mood and promote energy.

Essential Fatty Acids

Supplements containing essential fatty acids, such as Omega 3 fish oil or Flax Seed oil are among the best documented. The reason they are so effective? Essential fatty acids are part of every cell membrane, and if those membranes aren’t functioning, well, neither is your brain.


GABA, or Gamma-Amino butyric Acid, is an amino acid that is considered a major inhibitory neurotransmitter found in approximately 30% to 40% of all brain synapses. In clinical study, GABA supplementation has demonstrated a wide variety of health benefits that may help to provide positive support for: tiredness, fatigue and weakness.

GABA has been used for treatment of depression and can assist in elevating the mood. The amino acid, GAMA can also help treat occasional nervousness, anxiety and panic attacks.


An amino acid combination produced by humans, animals and plants. Supplements come from a synthetic version produced in a lab that has shown a lot of promise in European studies.

SAM-e affects the synthesis of neurotransmitters. Due to its sedative-like qualities, it is widely used as a natural pain reliever and muscle relaxant.

As with any vitamin or supplement, please consult your doctor before taking.

About the Author:

Author Beverly Terhune speaks from 35 years of living with Rheumatoid Arthritis and shares her experience, strength & hope on how to lead a healthy, substance-free life.

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3 Responses to “6 Alternatives to Prozac”
  1. Jackal says:

    As I take prozac I found this article interesting.

  2. Free of meds sounds good and congratulations. But, you could have linked your parked domain with your real name .. no?

  3. i tried getting off zoloft cold turkey and it was a huge mistake… i ended up having to start using xanax with zoloft until things improved. 4 months ago i tried it agin and this time i tried it with fish oil, a good multi vitamin and st johns… and iam 4 months free of meds 🙂

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