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How long do the effects of citalopram (celexa) last after you stop taking it?

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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
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In brief: 2+ weeks, roughly

Antidepressants take some time to start working, and they take a similar amount of time to stop working, too.
This varies from about a week to a month or more. But for most people it's about 2 or 3 weeks. Note that this applies to the antidepressant effect. Side effects such as agitation or upset stomach usually start right away, and end right away too, often in a day or two after stopping.

In brief: 2+ weeks, roughly

Antidepressants take some time to start working, and they take a similar amount of time to stop working, too.
This varies from about a week to a month or more. But for most people it's about 2 or 3 weeks. Note that this applies to the antidepressant effect. Side effects such as agitation or upset stomach usually start right away, and end right away too, often in a day or two after stopping.
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