Our expert says:
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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