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07 Jan 2005

Cilift - weaning off
I have been on Cilift for just over 6 months now (prescribed for post natal depression) and am due to start weaning off it soon, my doctor said that I would do it slowly over about a month.

I've recently been reading a lot about the problems people have coming off antideppressants. Has anyone else weaned off cilift and would like to share their experiences with me. Particularly if anyone was prescribed it for PND.

I've had a very positive experience on it, and it was such a relief to start feeling normal emotions again, and to have energy and zest for life again, and of course to enjoy my beautiful baby even more. I'm just nervous that I will relapse back into the PND again. I didn't see a psychologist or a psychiatrist, as we were busy moving cities at the time I sought help. The doctor just said I should keep in contact with her (which I have) so that she could find someone for me to see in my new city if I needed to, and then of course for when I weaned off the Cilift.
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01 Jan 0001

Let's see what others have to say of their experiences. It sounds as if your doctor has this in hand, and will help advise you to come off without problems. Some people do describe some difficulties in coming off some antidepressants, but at present this looks more like an idiosyncracy than an inevitable effect that would affect everyone on any of these drugs. And it sounds like a wise plan to use your previous doc's advice to find a suitable new doc in your new city, to be available. Similarly, with PND, one may never have the problem again, or it might happen after a future pregnancy --- but if it does, you wll be able to recognize it early, and the same meds will help again.
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