Celexa Withdrawal Timeline
When Celexa is taken for an extended period, the brain will become used to it, so if a person stops the medication, they might experience withdrawal symptoms. The body and brain will need to adjust to the new levels.
Celexa has a relatively short half-life of about 35 hours. The “half-life” of a drug is the time it takes for the concentration of the drug’s active substance in the body to reduce by half. In most patients taking Celexa, it takes 35 hours for half of the drug to be cleared from the body after the initial consumption. The half-life could extend between 45 to 50 hours for individuals 60+ years of age. Celexa may last as much as double the time in individuals with reduced liver function.
On average, it can take 10 to 14 days for Celexa to leave the body completely after the last dose. How quickly the drug leaves the body can be affected by the dosage one takes and an individual’s age, weight, sex, lifestyle, underlying medical conditions, and other factors. As is the case with many other medications, the body can retain remnants of the drug in urine, saliva, and hair follicles long after it has been filtered out of the bloodstream.
As Celexa reduces in the system, the brain has to adjust to lower serotonin levels. A person may begin to feel the onset of withdrawal symptoms. Although everyone will have a different withdrawal experience, symptoms typically follow a certain timeline. This can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, but it’s usually around the time citalopram completely leaves the body. Here’s an approximate timeline for Celexa’s withdrawal:
- Days 1-3: Mild withdrawal symptoms may begin to appear.
- Days 4-8: Symptoms may become more severe and may include nausea, fever, shakiness, dizziness, flu-like symptoms, mood swings, shock-like sensations, and headaches.
- Weeks 2-6: Withdrawal symptoms may persist for several weeks before gradually fading away.
Going off antidepressants should be under the guidance and supervision of a doctor. They can monitor progress as Celexa leaves the system and advise on the best course of action to decrease the chances of having severe withdrawal symptoms.
The key to effective anxiety treatment is a good balance between vigilance and patience. A person will need to give Celexa time to work while taking an active role in their own mental health. Contact Mango Clinic today to get an individual plan and support during your anxiety treatment process.