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Monday, July 14, 2008 JWARD, Community Member, asks

Q: HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE CELEXA TO LEAVE THE SYSTEM AFTER IT IS D/C?

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
7/17/08 5:50pm

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

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Joe, Community Member
8/ 9/10 5:11pm

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

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Judy, Community Member
8/17/10 6:03pm

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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By JWARD, Community Member— Last Modified: 08/08/13, First Published: 07/14/08