Our expert says:
Well, let's put i this way --- there is more good evidence that this and related drugs should be helpful to you, than there is that the mutivites will be helpful, and that hasn't led you to hesitate about taking the vitamins !
None of us should be "for" taking any meds we don't need, and which have not been recommended by a competent doc for a properly made diagnosis. But on the other hand, none of us who are sensible ( and I'm sure you're one of those !) should avoid taking meds that HAVE been properly recommended after a proper diagnosis.
There are a number of antidepressants, and not all of us are best served by the first one we try --- around 50 to 70 % of us will respond well, the rest of us may need to try another, sometimes even a third, to find the one that best suits our particular brain chemistry.
And apart from the ADs, there is ONLY ONE other method that has been proved by good research to be valuable, and that is CBT counselling ( Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ), which can indeed very usefully combine with using the AD drugs.
Cipralex is currently fashionable and being very heavily promoted to doctors, especially GPS, many of whom are using it without any very great reason to choose it rather than other equally effective and more economical drugs. You're not missing anything !
Ask your prescribing doc about how best to stop the med when you eventually do need to stop it, as they vary in how swiftly they leave the system, and its often best to stop gradually rather than suddenly
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