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How long does Brintellix take to show effect?

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Posted on Thu, 19 May 2016
Question: I want to know how long it takes for brintellix takes to get in your system


How long does it take brintellix in your system to feel not anxious
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Answered by Dr. Ronald Schubert (25 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Brintellix drug pharmacology

Detailed Answer:
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You have questions related t the medication Brintellix. This medication is veryu similar to prozac another antidepressant. It has a similar long half life of over 66 hours. Because of its long half life it will take several weeks to get to steady state. The effects for depression and anxiety will take about 1-2 weeks to be felt by a patient. This medication takes time to work and is not a quick acting medication like xanax or valium. Usually 1-2 weeks maybe more if the medication needs to be increased

In summary
1. Brintellix similar to prozac
2. Takes 1-2 weeks to feel effects
3. Long half life 66 hours meaning it takes up to 1 month to reach steady state blood levels

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How long does Brintellix take to show effect?

Brief Answer: Brintellix drug pharmacology Detailed Answer: Thank you for contacting HCM with your health care concerns You have questions related t the medication Brintellix. This medication is veryu similar to prozac another antidepressant. It has a similar long half life of over 66 hours. Because of its long half life it will take several weeks to get to steady state. The effects for depression and anxiety will take about 1-2 weeks to be felt by a patient. This medication takes time to work and is not a quick acting medication like xanax or valium. Usually 1-2 weeks maybe more if the medication needs to be increased In summary 1. Brintellix similar to prozac 2. Takes 1-2 weeks to feel effects 3. Long half life 66 hours meaning it takes up to 1 month to reach steady state blood levels I hope I answered your question. Please contact us again if you have any additional questions