A 51-year-old male asked:
How long does it take for prozac (fluoxetine) to leave your system completely after discontinued?
2 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Imad Khreimanswered
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Apprx. 20 days: Prozac (fluoxetine) is a long acting medicine , between the original compound and the active metabolite the half life is around 96 hrs , so it takes approximately five times that for the level to drop to negligible.
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Dr. Tariq Halimanswered
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Long Half-life: Usually around 21-35 days if you take into consideration prozac's metabolite (norfluoxetine).
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A 37-year-old member asked:
How long will it take for Prozac (fluoxetine) to leave my system?
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Dr. Donald Hazlettanswered
Psychiatry 56 years experience
Quite a while: Prozac (fluoxetine) taken over a period of three or more months, then stopped, can show the presence of fluoxetine for five or more weeks. Prozac has both a right and left isomer (like looking at yourself in the mirror and raising your hand and watching your raised r hand appear to be your l hand). Breakdown of fluoxetine yields nor-fluoxetine which lasts 2 x as long in the body as fluoxetine.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
How long does it take for Prozac (fluoxetine) to become effective?
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Dr. Steven Reidbordanswered
Psychiatry 38 years experience
3 weeks or more: Most ssris start to show effectiveness against depression about 2 weeks after starting them. Prozac (fluoxetine) is about 1 week slower due to its long half-life (it takes longer to reach a steady blood level). So a good estimate is about 3 weeks. But everybody's different; some people feel better faster, others need to wait longer. Also, improvement is gradual, it doesn't become "effective" all at once.
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Last updated May 7, 2016
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