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How long does it take for Zoloft (sertraline) to leave your blood stream after you stop taking it?

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Dr. Kevin Nasky
Psychiatry
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In brief: Days

Based on the half lives of zoloft (sertraline) (22-36 hrs) and its metabolites (62-104 hrs), it will take most people over a week to clear the drug from their system. Other medications can slow or accelerate metabolism of zoloft (sertraline), so keep that in mind as well.

In brief: Days

Based on the half lives of zoloft (sertraline) (22-36 hrs) and its metabolites (62-104 hrs), it will take most people over a week to clear the drug from their system. Other medications can slow or accelerate metabolism of zoloft (sertraline), so keep that in mind as well.
Dr. Kevin Nasky
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Dr. Gregory Seagraves
Pharmacology
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In brief: Zoloft (sertraline)

Renal function will also affect the elimination of zoloft (sertraline).

In brief: Zoloft (sertraline)

Renal function will also affect the elimination of zoloft (sertraline).
Dr. Gregory Seagraves
Dr. Gregory Seagraves
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In brief: 3 weeks

This is complicated.
Zoloft (sertraline) has a half-life of about 26 hours, so it takes 4.5 half-lives (5 days) for the level to be less than 5% of its steady state level. But consequences of stopping it, like discontinuation symptoms, may be present even after it has left your blood stream. In my clinical experience, it takes about 3 weeks for those to disappear.

In brief: 3 weeks

This is complicated.
Zoloft (sertraline) has a half-life of about 26 hours, so it takes 4.5 half-lives (5 days) for the level to be less than 5% of its steady state level. But consequences of stopping it, like discontinuation symptoms, may be present even after it has left your blood stream. In my clinical experience, it takes about 3 weeks for those to disappear.
Dr. Robert Berkowitz
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