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A 28-year-old male asked:

Does it take five or six half lives to get a antipsychotic out of system?

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Dr. Stephen Kibrick
Clinical Psychology 47 years experience
Depends on drug: This is a complex issue. Different antipsychotic drugs are metabolized in different rates in the body, and other factors may affect this, such as interactions with other drugs you are taking (Klonopin, Motrin, or herbal supplements). You should NOT abruptly stop any antipsychotic drug. Check with Dr who prescribed meds to learn appropriate way to taper off these meds. Good luck!
Dr. Nick Bryant
Specializes in ADHD and Autism
Yes: All medications take 5-6 half lives to leave the system

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