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08 Aug 2011


A friend has been taking Cipralex after he had a operation. It is now 7 years later and he is still taking it along with Xanor and a sleeping pill.

He would like to stop taking these tablets and know that he cannot stop abruptly. He GP says that he should continue taking the Cipralex.

Can he gradually reduce the dosage over a long period? He is 65 years old and would like to stop taking these pills.

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01 Jan 0001

I'm uneasy that we don't seem to KNOW for sure WHY he is taking the Cip[ralex ( an antidepressant ). This is why I prefer psych treatments to be chosen after a proper expert asessment by a psychiatrist, rather than only a GP, or, worse, a surgeon. Was he depressed when the medication started ? If this was a first episode, it would be normnal expert practice to come off the meds after around 9 months, not 7 years. Only after 3 properly diagnosed episodes of depression would one consider recommending such long-term taking of an AD. And one would NEVER EVER recommend taking a sedative-tranquillizer like Xanor ( which is NOT an AD ) for 7 years - a couple of months is usually the longest recommended except in special circumstances on recommendation of a real psych specialist. Similarly for sleeping pills.
Maybe it's time for him to see a psychiatrist for a full re-assessment / second opinion, to review the diagnosis and the need for ANY long-term meds, and then proper advice on how to gradually come off ALL of them ( all 3 would need a cautious rather than a suddent withdrawal )
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