Our expert says:
I'm very pleased to hear how well you are feeling.
These, and many other related drugs are indeed safe to take for many years, and many people have done so, with real and continuing benefits.
With one or two single episodes of depression, opne may be able to take such drugs for 9 to 12 months and then, if symptom free, could GRADUALLY reduce the dosages and remain well. Where depression has been chronic, or where there have been 3 or more episodes, its generally considered safer to remain on the meds, and remain well.
Sometimes its wise, with the advice of your shrink, to revise the meds, to improve the results ; sometimes one might swing up into a manic phase of feeling rather too good, which would also need a revision of the meds, but work with your shrink, and you ought to be able to remain well.
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