Posted by: Vee | 2008/05/21


Hi there,

My friend has been on Cylift for 3 years and admits that she doesn't need them but still takes them out of fear for not taking them.
Your doc has recommend that she come off of them buy slowly reducing the dosages.

I'd like to know if Cylift is a antidepressant that is addictive and/or if it can be taken long term without any major side effects?


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Its wise, with many antidepresants, to come off them gradually rather than abruptly. But if she has had a single episode of Depression and has been clear for some time, she is probably gaining nothing by continuing to take them superstitiously. If one has had 3 or more episodes of Depression, or frequent episodes, a good psychiatrist may well recommend staying on the medication long-term. Those who do, don't seem to experience any particular bad effects from remaining on them ( though of course there is an unnecessary cost if the drugs truly are not needed ). ADs are not addictive, but because the body adjusts to their presence, the gradual withdrawal of them is recommended to reduce side-effects of rapid removal of the drug.
If she is unsure of whether or not she would benefit from remaining on them, she should see a psychiatrist for an assessment and opinion on this. If the doc who recommended she withdraw from them now is a psychiatrist, she should accept his advice

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Posted by: JBN | 2009/02/02

I have been on Depnil for many years. It does not seem to have the same effect anymore

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Posted by: almost mad | 2008/05/21

i take cylift, about a year now. i have side effects when i forget to take for a couple of days. but the doc is right, she needs to reduce the disage to ween herself off. like go from 20mg to 10mg or what ever was prescribed. she should not stop totally at once.

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