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Depression

Question
Posted by: | 2019/02/19

Q.

Still depressed on 20mg cilift a day

I am and have been on 20mg cilift for years. Apparently this helps with a chemical imbalance and it definitely helps cope. I have been through a rough period and am going through a stressful time at the moment, can I increase the dosage to 40mg a day for a few months and see if it will help?

Expert's Reply

A.

Depression expert
- 2019/02/19

It is always wisest to check any proposed changes in dosage of any drug, with your prescribing and treating doctor. 20 mg is usually the minimum dose for Cilift ( citalopram ) ; 40 mg is a common dose, and even a bit higher.  But I would prefer it if GPs did not automatically give repeat prescriptions for any drug "for years" without periodically re-assessing the person to see if they still need it, or maybe a different treatment. So discuss this with your doctor, and let him  re-assess you and your condition and diagnosis.
Depending on the nature of the current "stressfulness" it might be more useful to change to treatment by your seeing a counselor to learn how to cope better with whatever is stressing you.

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Posted by: Dameon | 2019/02/20

Hi, I know this may be random but I have chronic depression. I know that there is a stigma against the use of medical marijuana, or marijuana in general, however I use it to self-medicate. You might want to look into it and see if it might be the thing for you. There are strains that target depression, stress, and insomnia. These have worked wonders for me and I hope they will for you too!

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