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How long would it take for the body to completely withdraw from anti-depressants and function the way it used to?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Depends on med/durat

It depends on the medication you take (how long each medication lasts in body--half-life), is it stored in the fat tissue, or bound to protein, and how long you have been taking it etc.
. Normally, use of a chronic medicationthat is taken orally once/day is usually gone (or very little left) after stopping it for about 10-14 days. Please inform your doc if u r intending to stop the med. Good luck.

In brief: Depends on med/durat

It depends on the medication you take (how long each medication lasts in body--half-life), is it stored in the fat tissue, or bound to protein, and how long you have been taking it etc.
. Normally, use of a chronic medicationthat is taken orally once/day is usually gone (or very little left) after stopping it for about 10-14 days. Please inform your doc if u r intending to stop the med. Good luck.
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Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depression

Doctor will taper med gradually over 1-3 weeks.
Chances of recurrence of depression after stopping med after initial diagnosis if you continue to stop medication : 50-75-95% i recommend staying on medication for life after a third reoccurrence. No one can tell you when you'll return to your normal level of function. Every day is a new day.

In brief: Depression

Doctor will taper med gradually over 1-3 weeks.
Chances of recurrence of depression after stopping med after initial diagnosis if you continue to stop medication : 50-75-95% i recommend staying on medication for life after a third reoccurrence. No one can tell you when you'll return to your normal level of function. Every day is a new day.
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Dr. Louis Krenn
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: A while

The length of time it takes for a person to be completely free from the affects of anti-depressants varies greatly.
It depends on how long someone has been on the medication, how high of a dose you were on, and even the particular medication. It can take anywhere from a week to over a month in some individuals. One should always taper these medications slowly to avoid withdrawal.

In brief: A while

The length of time it takes for a person to be completely free from the affects of anti-depressants varies greatly.
It depends on how long someone has been on the medication, how high of a dose you were on, and even the particular medication. It can take anywhere from a week to over a month in some individuals. One should always taper these medications slowly to avoid withdrawal.
Dr. Louis Krenn
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