I used to be on Cipralex; for those few in the know, based on my last post, I was slowly coming off the stuff. When I started taking it, I felt a little sick and tired for a couple of weeks, but that was about it. Generally all is good.
However, I questionned whether it was having any real effect, or whether I just felt better because:
* I was taking something
* I cut out alcohol, caffine etc
* My life was far less stressful, making me far calmer, because Cipralex gave me an "I don't give a f*** attitude towards work".
Therefore, I stopped taking it - just like that. Obviously, I do not recommend anybody do this!. Different things work for different people; but I guess Cipralex was as effective as a placebo.
I felt no side effects coming off it, aside from the occasional tingling sensation in my arm. I remained off alcohol, caffine etc, and generally things have been good. I have noticed that I am far more motivated again, and my attitude towards work has improved again (I used to be someone who took great care in my college / Uni / business work).
I don't feel depressed - although it's early days - but if I should ever feel depressed, I think there are many other alternatives in my case, such as counselling, that will do the trick. But as I said, and emphasise, different things work for different people.
The main effect of coming off Cipralex is that I have not been as calm; but then getting angry / annoyed has always been a trait of mine, which is something I am now working on in other ways, mainly via self-help.
Good luck with the treatment - I think it is the best anti-depressant by far on the market.