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A 44-year-old member asked:

How long can it take for antidepressants to get out of your system?

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Dr. Jon Schneider
Psychiatry 34 years experience
It varies: Each ad (ant depressant) has its own elimination period based upon how quickly it is broken down and excreted. (poor kidney function may slow elimination from the body). I just did a search for two different ad using the name and 'elimination' and articles came up describing the time in hours i.e. "zoloft and elimination" and found: the elimination half-life of sertraline ranges from 22-36 hours.

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