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Trazodone Alternatives

Many people become interested in seeking out trazodone alternatives after the medication becomes ineffective or causes too many unwanted side effects.  

We are familiar with far better alternative solutions than a lifetime spent taking antidepressant prescription drugs.

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Several Types of Trazodone Alternatives Available

Luckily, there are several types of trazodone alternatives available for the treatment of depression without having to rely on drug-based methods. Trazodone hydrochloride, the generic name for Desyrel®, is frequently prescribed to treat insomnia (off-label) but is most commonly prescribed for the treatment of depression.

Some researchers have found no long-term studies (longer than a few weeks) done on Trazodone in the treatment of chronic insomnia, so cannot say for certain whether it is safe or not.5

It might be effective for some individuals but is either ineffective or intolerable for many others. Psychotherapy is potentially a very effective alternative and worth trying for anyone seeking a trazodone alternative depression treatment. As far as other drug-based treatments that may be recommended as “alternative choices,” they have just as high a risk of being ineffective and causing adverse or unwanted side effects. Some doctors who are not aware of better alternatives may even suggest electroconvulsive therapy. There are safer trazodone alternatives that do not carry such risks.3, 4

Counseling & Psychotherapy Are Effective Therapies

Thankfully, there are many different forms of counseling and genres of psychotherapy. These include exposure therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, life coaching, talk-therapy, spiritual counseling, and many others. Many forms of psychotherapy can help individuals with depression. For example, talk-therapy is a common trazodone alternative that can help depressed patients better understand their depression. Coping methods as well as learning how to resolve problems can involve meaningfully expressing feelings and emotions with their talk therapist. Cognitive-behavioral therapy can help patients to become more aware of negative thought or behavior patterns. This allows patients to learn how they can replace any negative thinking patterns with positive and healthy thoughts and behaviors. Therefore, patients can obtain more satisfaction from their own actions and thoughts. Many persons have found that talking out your feelings and participating in similar therapies are very helpful trazodone alternatives. 

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Trazodone Alternatives Are Within Reach

If you are taking this drug and wish to stop taking it and decide to use an alternative to trazodone, it is advised to consult with a doctor first as discontinuation may cause trazodone withdrawal symptoms.  Additionally, doctors who prescribed this medication in the first place may be more likely to recommend other medications when patients seek alternatives. They may not know very much about non-drug-based alternatives to trazodone.

If you are seeking trazodone alternatives because of the side effects and other problems related to antidepressant drugs, consider a consultation with a holistic rehab center such as Alternative to Meds Center in Sedona. Also consider a holistic, alternative, natural, or integrative doctor. Look for healthcare providers who carry the same medical licenses as traditional doctors. Though they can prescribe antidepressant drugs, they prefer to use their medical knowledge in different ways.1

Trazodone Alternatives With A Focus On Healing

natural trazodone alternativesSome of the alternative therapies an alternative doctor may recommend as alternative treatments for depression include acupuncture, vitamins and supplements, physical therapy, nutritional therapy, dietary changes, and many healing complementary therapies such as massage. Many therapies can be learned and practiced in your own home, such as meditation and yoga. When using trazodone alternatives for insomnia or alternatives for depression, several therapies may work better if combined into a daily or weekly regimen. Individuals seeking depression alternatives are advised to consult with a doctor and/or talk therapist of their choice who can help them to create a successful alternative treatment plan.

Resolving Root Causes for Depression  

When people have been prescribed antidepressant medications, it is usually before there has been any investigation to identify what is actually causing and contributing to their depression.2

A serotonin deficiency is typically what is blamed for the cause of depression. But was it only an off-balance in serotonin and there are/were no other reasons why? What if the person has also suffered low thyroid? What if they have an accumulation of neurotoxins from the environment such as toxic heavy metals that greatly damage energy metabolism? Internal inflammation and swelling which occur from food allergies can slow down metabolism. This can also be a contributing or directly causal factor of depression. If the person has a diet that is poor in essential minerals and other nutrients, then their CNS and brain may not be able to create what’s needed for healthy functioning.

We may forget that our mind suffers from the very same assaults of a poor diet that our body suffers from. Or maybe the person is just responding to an environment that is unfulfilling, and they need a more supportive surrounding to make healthy decisions. These are only a sampling of the various factors that can contribute to a depressed state. The important thing is to investigate until the root causes can be identified and thus resolved safely.  

We Offer An Effective Multi-faceted Approach To Regain Your Life

natural treatment methodsWe at Alternative to Meds Center are committed to discovering the medical reasons why a person is struggling with depression, anxiety, or an inability to sleep. Our program includes lab tests, and supporting the neurochemistry through natural substances, as well as shedding the lifetime accumulation of toxins to enable neurochemistry rehabilitation. We also offer safe medication withdrawal methods, targeted nutrition therapy, amino treatment, massage therapy, yoga, peer support, personal training, exercise, and many more holistic therapies, All of these therapies are provided as stepping stones to overcome depression. We invite your call, so you can talk to us and receive a comprehensive understanding of how a variety of trazodone alternatives can help to overcome lingering and troubling symptoms.


1. Lakhan, S E and Vieira, K F  “Nutritional and herbal supplements for anxiety and anxiety-related disorders: systematic review.” British Nutritional Journal, US National Library of Medicine [INTERNET] [cited 2020 Aug 19]

2. Rankin MD, Lissa. “11 Natural Treatments for depression: An MD’s tips for Skipping the Prozac.” Psychology Today [INTERNET] 2011 Mar [cited 2020 Aug 19]

3. IBM Watson Health/Micromedex Information Sheet,  “Trazodone (Oral Route) Precautions.”   [Internet] Mayo Clinic Reviewed 2020 Aug 1 [cited 2020 Aug 19]

4. Aronson M D, Hafez H,  “A case of trazodone-induced ventricular tachycardia.”  Journal of Clinical Psychiatry & Pubmed [Internet} 1986 Jul [cited 2020 Aug 19]

5. Everett H, Baldwin D, Stuart B, Lipinska G, Mayers A, Malizia A, manson C, Wilson S,  “Antidepressants for insomnia in adults.” Cochrane Library Database of Systematic Reviews [Internet] 2018 May [cited 2020 Aug 19]



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Dr. Samuel Lee

Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline and integrative approaches. He graduated with an MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and did a residency in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has also been an inpatient adult psychiatrist at Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the primary attending geriatric psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital. In addition, he served as the general adult outpatient psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente.  He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College. His specialty is in natural healing techniques that promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

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