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Can antidepressants cause you to develop food allergies? how long do these tablets stay in your system if you stop after having them for 8 years?

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
A Verified Doctoranswered
41 years experience
No effect on food: Allergies. Never stop an antidepressant without discussing the risks and benefits with your prescribing physician. Each antidepressant has a different half-life and they can clear your system depending upon which medication you're on from between generally five days to five weeks.
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 58 years experience
Not related: Antidepressants do not cause food allergies , in fact the tricylic and quadricyclic types of antidepressants actually have strong antihistaminic effects which may mask symptoms from food allergies.

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