Trazodone – Desyrel

Trazodone is a drug that is an oral antidepressant known as a serotonin modulator, and works by interrupting the neurotransmitters that the nerves in the brain use to communicate. An imbalance of these neurotransmitters can lead to depression, which is one of the major causes of insomnia and other sleep disorders.

Although trazodone is commonly used to treat depression, it is also often prescribed as a sedative for people suffering from sleep disorders. Most adults are prescribed a dosage of 150 to 600 milligrams of trazodone daily (initially, most people start out with 150 milligrams per day), and it is taken in one or more doses each day, with the largest dose being taken before bedtime. Trazodone must be taken regularly for a few weeks in order for any results to be seen.

Trazodone may be used by pregnant women, but only under the direct supervision of a doctor, and only if the doctor feels that it is absolutely necessary. This is a drug that can be secreted in breast milk, so it should be used cautiously by women who are breast feeding.

Trazodone Side Effects

Some of the common side effects that are associated with trazodone include:

  • Dizziness, nausea, tiredness, agitation, constipation, headaches, blurred vision, dry mouth and low blood pressure.
  • Trazodone may also affect libido, orgasm and ejaculation.
  • Muscle pain, difficulties in coordination and walking

Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: hives, rash, itching, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, mouth or lips, chest pain or tightness in the chest, hallucinations.

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