Depression

Question
Posted by: Mitsie Pelzer | 2018/03/19

Q.

Can I use tipleline instead of cilift 20mg on a daily basis

Good day. I have used Cilift 20mg tablets, one in the evening for 5 years. I stopped using it May 2017. It went okay, but since September 2017 my life felt up and down and I cry alot. My husband lives in Perth and my two kids and I would have gone over, but I found out that he started cheating on me the moment he arrived there. I struggle to cope alone. I do not have medical and would like to know if I can use tripeline on a daily basis to help me as it is cheaper that the cilift 20 mg tables?

Expert's Reply

A.

Depression expert
- 2018/03/20

Hi Mitsie, 
Sorry to hear that your husband apparently turned out to be a heel.
The first issue is that you can only use any drug, with a doctor's prescription.  So you will need to discuss this either with the doctor currently prescribing the Cilift to you ; or, if you decide to attend a provincial hospital or clinic for treatment, with the doctor you see there.  I understand there the costs of attending and of meds would be related to your earnings.
Some other thoughts : Cilift is a trade name for the antidepressant Citalopram.  It is now out of copyright and thus available in other, generic versions of the same drug, under other trade names, probably significantly more cheaply.  Whichever doctor you see can consider a wide range of alternative antidepressant drugs, some of which are indeed also likely to be cheaper, not only Trepiline.  There are usually a particular list of drugs available at each specific government / provincial hospital or clinic, to choose from.
Also, the clinic / hospital might be able to refer you to someone for counseling, of the CBT form, which can be very effective, too.

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