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15 Jul 2005

Talomil- More info please
I was prescribed Talimol by my House Doctor for depression. In which group of antidepressant drugs does this fall, what are the side effects. How long should I continue use after the first time I started feeling better?
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

YOu actually in your question mention two different drug tradenames. I hope you are referring to Talomil ( an appallingly foolish choice of a trade name ) a form of the normal antidepressant Citalopram, which I understand has been marketed as Talomil. If it is the later, then it is a safe and effective antidepressant, of the SSRI family ( also marketed as Cipramil and Cilift. With any antidepressant, it is recommended that you continue taking it well after you start to feel better, for at least 6 to 9 months, or there is a significant risk that the Depression wll return.
I hope you are not referring to the other name you mention, Talimol. In Canada, Anglola and elsewhere, it was the trade name for Thalidomide, but withdrawn from availability many years ago, as it can be an extremely dangerous drug and causes massive birth defects if taken by a woman who falls pregnant, and can cause nerve damage in any adult who takes it. I cannt imagine why your house doctor would have prescribed such a drug, except for some rare uses, in a few countries, as a treatment for leprosy, maybe Behcet's Disease ; and in some countries, as an experimental treatment for AIDS or for multiple myeloma. NEVER EVER take it for any other reason. And never use it unless absolutely certain that you won't fall pregnant while taking it, best of all by avoiding intercourse, at least using two different methods of birth control at the same time.
So here's hoping you're on Talomil, which should be very helpful with your depression

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