Our expert says:
Doctors should always take such circumstances into consideration before writing an automatic prescription for a needlessly expensive drug, and not considering the potentially greater or at least equivalent value of a generic alternative. If you were significantly Depressed, 4 months isn't usually long enough on an AD to be able to come off it without a significant risk of the return of the Depression. If you could see a local GP even once, he could prescribe a generic alternative ( Cipralex isn't significantly better than any other alternative ) which could be substantially cheaper and enable you to remain on the drug --- generally at least 6 to 9 months in the first Depression is recommended. You suggestion for coming off them reasonably graudally is wise, if you need to stop. If you see the doc, he could suggest a plan for switching from the Cipralex tothe alternative, cheaper but equally effective generic.
St John's Wort is the only non-prescription possibility, which is chemically very like a WEAK form of Prozac / Fluoxetine, and has been shown, alone of all over-the-counter remedies, to help some people with MILD depression.
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