The second drug he would have recommended would be Pristiq
, because it's new and on patent, and then Lexapro
, because it's relatively new and still on patent. That's how they work; they only know what the pharmaceutical companies tell them. They're not curious enough to do their own homework.
Now, what I don't hear is that you're in therapy, or, since you have a fear or are cautious about meds, any discussion of natural remedies that might help.