I have been taking citalopram for the last six years. I have not taken a 40 mg per day tablet of citalopram for the last five days. How long will it take my body to be free of the citalopram?
It is dependant on many factors e.g.
1. How much and how often you have taken the drug.
2. Your metabolic rate – a slower metabolism will increase the time a drug remains in your system.
3. Your age and health – older age and poor health will generally increase the time the drug stays in your system.
4. Body mass – generally the bigger you are the longer a drug will remain in your system.
Citalopram has a long half life of around 35 hours meaning it takes 35 hours for the body to clear 50% of the drug from your system. If you take the above factors into account it will take at least 7 days to clear the system. But it may take longer.
Hi, in roughly 70 hours it will be out of your system. Citalopram is excreted through the liver so as long as your liver is healthy the time frame shouldn't very much. To the last poster, can i ask why you are looking to discontinue treatment? And have you discussed it with your doctor/psychiatrist?
- Citalopram Information for Consumers
- Citalopram Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Citalopram (detailed)
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