Trazodone (Desyrel)

10 Tablets, 20 mg

Generic Name: Trazodone
Used to treat depression, anxiety, and occasional insomnia

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What is the drug Trazodone used for?

  • Trazodone, generic name for Desyrel, is used to treat depression, anxiety, and occasional insomnia.
  • Please contact doctor right away if your depressive symptoms get worse, experience sudden changes in mood, or if you have suicidal thoughts while taking Trazodone.
  • You can take Trazodone after dinner or at bedtime.

What are the most common side effects of taking Trazodone?

  • Common side effects include drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, diarrhea, dry mouth, urine retention, constipation, and weight gain.
  • Rare, but a serious side effect of Trazodone in male population is painful and prolonged erection lasting over 4 hours.

Is there withdrawal from Trazodone?

  • Yes. Trazodone works partly to increase a neurotransmitter in the brain called Serotonin and suddenly stopping it can trigger withdrawal symptoms.
  • Severity of withdrawal symptoms can vary based on factors such as duration of treatment and dosage. Withdrawal symptoms include cold sweat, nausea, vomiting, tremors, and seizure. Trazodone should be tapered off slowly over few weeks or as directed by your doctor.

Is Trazodone a sleeping pill?

  • No. Trazodone is an antidepressant and not a sleeping pill. One of the major side effect of Trazodone is drowsiness and your doctor can prescribe it for you to treat insomnia for people who should avoid sleeping pills.

Can you suddenly stop taking Trazodone?

  • No. Suddenly stopping Trazodone can trigger withdrawal symptoms. Trazodone should be tapered off slowly over few weeks or as directed by your doctor.

Does Trazodone cause weight gain?

  • Generally, Trazodone is not associated with weight gain, in fact, about 5 percent of patients have reported weight loss.

Where can I find more information about Trazodone?

  • For full medication guide go here.

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