What is Trazodone Used For?
Trazodone is a generic drug prescribed for a number of conditions. First approved by the FDA in the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD), it is also used in the treatment of insomnia, anxiety, Fibromyalgia, headache, and is also used as a sedative for cocaine or alcohol withdrawal. Other uses are for pain syndromes, panic disorder, diabetic neuropathy, eating disorders and OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder).
Trazodone Alternative Names and Slang
Oleptro is a brand name for the generic drug trazodone. Other brand names include Desyrel, or Desyril Dividose (extended release version).
Note: There may be effective non-drug-based Trazedone alternatives to be considered. Please ask us about these.
Trazodone Side Effects
Trazodone side effects are similar to other antidepressants. These Trazedone side effects may be mild to moderate or severe, in which case, medical attention may be required. Trazodone side effects can include mild to moderate to severe reactions, such as:
- Increased depression
- Suicidal thoughts
- Cardiac arrhythmia
- Panic attacks
- Impulsive actions or behaviors
- Muscle aches or pains
- Changes in weight
- Blurred vision
- Dry mouth
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Fainting, especially after rising from a seated or lying position
- Impaired vigilance (inability to remained focused, becoming inattentive)
- Decreased libido
- Low blood pressure
- Nasal congestion
- Priapism (a persistent painful erection)
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling (most notably of the lips, tongue, throat, face)
Some of these side effects may require immediate medical attention as in severe allergic rash, seizures, cardiovascular events, or any severe reaction.
Trazodone Withdrawal Symptoms
Some persons may experience very little in the way of trazodone withdrawal symptoms during gradual cessation. Others may have more noticeable reactions.
WARNING: Abruptly stopping an antidepressant drug can often induce intense withdrawals that can last for a very long time, and may significantly increase the time required for complete recovery.
Commonly reported adverse trazodone withdrawal symptoms and effects can range from mild to moderate to severe, and include:
- Suicidal thoughts
- Muscle weakness
- Mood swings, i.e. crying spells
- Tightness across the chest
Stopping Trazedone: Important Info Regarding Discontinuing/Quitting Trazodone
Trazodone has a half-life of approximately 6 to 9 hours and trazodone withdrawal symptoms may begin quite soon, within a day or a day and a half of the last dose. These figures would be different if a time-release version of the drug was prescribed.
It is thought that abrupt trazodone withdrawal, as in stopping all at once can cause a rebound effect in certain neurotransmitters, especially if the natural precursors for these neurotransmitters are not being supported during trazedone withdrawal, for example, with targeted nutrition. For these reasons, very slow and gradual trazedone withdrawal is indicated as the best overall method. (1)
Trazodone withdrawal should be done gradually, rather than suddenly. Certain factors may influence how intense withdrawal can be for an individual, such as how long the drug was taken, and how high the dosage was. Taking trazodone for long periods of time may result in trazodone addiction or dependence and requires medical oversight for a safe and more comfortable experience.
Always consult your prescribing physician or other competent medical practitioner before stopping trazedone or any antidepressant drug.