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Do psychiatric drugs have metabolites that stay on your body. Do they have an affect after all the half life is over?

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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
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In brief: Some do, some don't

Many different medications are used in psychiatry.
Some have "active metabolites" and some don't. Generally speaking, newer meds are less likely to have active metabolites. Another issue: the effect of some meds persists even after the med is gone. For example, antidepressants take a couple weeks to start working — and also a couple weeks to stop, even after they are no longer taken.

In brief: Some do, some don't

Many different medications are used in psychiatry.
Some have "active metabolites" and some don't. Generally speaking, newer meds are less likely to have active metabolites. Another issue: the effect of some meds persists even after the med is gone. For example, antidepressants take a couple weeks to start working — and also a couple weeks to stop, even after they are no longer taken.
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Dr. Steven Reidbord
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Dr. Ravi Chand
Psychiatry
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In brief: Half Life

Yes most psych meds have active or inactive metabolites for example Prozac gets washed out within 2 weeks but its active metabolite nor-fluoxetine can take 6 to 8 weeks and hence one has to be careful when titrating meds.

In brief: Half Life

Yes most psych meds have active or inactive metabolites for example Prozac gets washed out within 2 weeks but its active metabolite nor-fluoxetine can take 6 to 8 weeks and hence one has to be careful when titrating meds.
Dr. Ravi Chand
Dr. Ravi Chand
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