Our expert says:
It's generally agreed that if one has had 3 or more episodes of significant Depression, and/or if the episodes lead to suicidal feelings, it's generally safer to remain on the meds long-term. While a wide range of side-effects are possible ( and family groups within the ads, like the SSRI family opf Prozac, Ci[ramil, etc ) tend to have similar side-effects ) we vary very widely in the extent to which we experience any of their potential side-effects. Some of us have very few, some more ; some have side-effect X severely with drug A, and not at all with drug B, while someone else experiences the very opposite. So it's not easy to predict.
The best way to deal with issues of weight gain is to talk with a dietician, and work, like anyone else who has gained weight, on a programme of good balanced diet and exercise, to get and keep that weight down. rain cloud is right --- and exercise has mild but useful antidepressant effects, too.
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