Below is a body of information that may help by providing the most searched for answers concerning trazodone side effects, withdrawal symptoms and other important data.
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).
Oleptro is a brand name for the generic drug trazodone. Other brand names include Desyrel, or Desyril Dividose (extended release version).
Trazodone side effects are similar to other antidepressants. These may be mild to moderate or severe, where medical attention is required. Side effects can include:
Some of these side effects may require immediate medical attention as in severe allergic rash, seizures, cardiovascular events, etc.
Some persons may experience very little in the way of withdrawal symptoms during gradual cessation. Others have more noticeable reactions.
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 effects can range from mild to moderate to severe, and include:
Trazodone has a half-life of approximately 6 to 9 hours and 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 stopping trazodone all at once can cause a rebound effect in certain neurotransmitters, especially if the natural precursors for these neurotransmitters are not being supported during the withdrawal. For these reasons, very slow and gradual withdrawal is indicated as the best method. (1)
Stopping trazodone should be done gradually, rather than abruptly. 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.
Always consult your prescribing physician or other competent medical practitioner before stopping an antidepressant.
The following section addresses some of the most commonly asked questions and searches for information about trazodone.
The treatment for long term trazodone addiction or dependence may be beneficial where the withdrawal symptoms are intense and difficult to endure. Although the drug is promoted as not habit-forming, the actuality is that once the body becomes accustomed to the presence of the drug over time, there is the potential for a reaction when the drug is tapered.
There are many treatments and protocols which can lessen the severity of symptoms and accelerate the normalization process after trazodone use.
Alternative to Meds Center has refined the withdrawal process considerably, maintaining slow and safe tapering methods in the inpatient program. We help each client by preparing an individualized program consisting of many steps, for instance, lessening accumulated neurotoxic load, corrective nutritional therapy, therapeutic massage, Reike, and many other adjunctive therapies.
An important overall step in recovery from antidepressants is rebalancing neurochemistry naturally, to alleviate or eliminate the original symptoms that led to prescribing antidepressant medication in the first place.
The process of coming off trazodone can be surprisingly mild and easy to tolerate using such safe and gradual tapering protocols. Please feel free to ask us for more information on the processes that are used in the Alternative to Meds Center trazodone withdrawal program.
Dr Motl is currently certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry, and Board eligible in Neurology and licensed in the state of Arizona. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree with a major in biology and minors in chemistry and philosophy. He graduated Creighton University School of Medicine with a Doctor of Medicine. Dr. Motl has studied Medical Acupuncture at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine and at U.C.L.A.