• JWARD JWARD
    July 14, 2008
    HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE CELEXA TO LEAVE THE SYSTEM AFTER IT IS D/C?
    JWARD JWARD
    July 14, 2008

    PATIENT HAS BEEN TAKING CELEXA FOR 6 MONTHS WITH ONSET OF GI DISTRESS IMMEDIATELY AND THROUGHOUT THE COURSE.  HE IS NOW WEANING HIMSELF OFF MED AND WONDERS HOW LONG THE GI UPSET WILL LAST.

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  • Casey McNulty
    Health Guide
    July 17, 2008
    Casey McNulty
    Health Guide
    July 17, 2008

    Hi JWard-

    Thank you for your question. The half-life of Celexa is about 35 hours, meaning that it takes 35 hours for 50% of the drug in your body to be eliminated. Then in the next 35 hours, half of the remaning drug will be eliminated, and so on until there's nothing left. That being said, it will probably take about 10-14 days for all of the medication to be fully cleared from the body. However, if the patient is elderly or has kidney or liver impairment, the clearance time can be even longer. I hope this helps.

    Best of luck,

    Casey

    • Joe
      Joe
      August 09, 2010
      Joe
      Joe
      August 09, 2010

      How do you figure that as 10 to 14 days is not 70 hours?

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    • Judy
      August 17, 2010
      Judy
      August 17, 2010

      Because there's a build up I guess. If we take it every day for a few years..there is still yesterday's in there when we take the next one!!! So, when coming off there isn't just the previous dose in there. I took it for 18 yeasr and it took about 3 weeks before I was ME again..the toughest experience of my life xxxx

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