Our expert says:
The Antidepressant Fluoxetine is one of the generic ( chemically identical but valuably cheaper ) versions of the drug first known as as Prozac, so there has been loads of exprience in its use, and it is basically safe and effective. Alzam is not an antidepressant, but a tranquillizer, a member of the large Valium family. It is rather sedative, especially at first. But if you are taking them at night, this should come in handy.
Of course your doctor should have explained about the meds, how to take them, etc., when prescribing them for you --- he has already ben paid to do that ! I don't think you should fear taking antidepressants, and if the diagnosis has been made properly they could be really helpful for you.
If this is, as it sounds, your first episode of Depression, they shoudl be taken for 6 to 9 months, i.e. well after you have begin to feel well while on them, before stopping and after that length of time you ought to see the doc again for a re-assessment before he/she advises you when and how gradually to stop them. In some people, if they have had multiple episodes of depression, they might be advised to stay on the medicines long-term, but this is not likely to happen to you.
Ohm, and with this sort of med, there should be no need to worry about what you eat --- only be cautious about alcohol, because lrage amounts of alcohol can be depressing in themselves, and both interfere with the action of antidepressants and the combination can make you more drunk.
Nice responses all round, here --- and explor whether some CBT counselling is available locally, as it is very effective in Depression, and maybe even better when combined with AD meds
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