What does Trazodone treat?
Trazodone is used to treat depression and falls into the category of anti-depressants. It helps restore the balance of serotonin in the brain. It also is used to treat anxiety disorders, insomnia, chronic pain, panic attacks and aggressive behavior. It helps in improving the mood, appetite and energy levels.
Possible Side Effects
Trazodone might have some side effects but it’s not possible to anticipate them. It does not have any major side effects and these are temporary. In rare cases, there might be major side effects and immediate medical attention must be sought.
Side effects may include dizziness, weight loss, increase in blood pressure, nausea, drowsiness, diarrhea, headache, dry mouth, insomnia, lack of appetite, muscle pain and more. Serious side effects that could occur include shortness of breath, severe headache, hallucinations, twitching of muscles and Serotonin syndrome. This list however is not exhaustive. Always follow your physician’s instructions strictly.
Follow the Trazodone dosage prescribed by your physician. The dosage could vary based on individual patient requirements. Always follow your physician’s instructions or go by the directions on the prescription drug label.
Missed a dose?
Take it immediately once you remember. In case, this time is closer to the next dosage, skip it and get back to the prescribed schedule. Never take a double dose. abc
Don’t waste any time and seek immediate medical attention. Overdose could result in unusual dizziness, vomiting, drowsiness, rapid or irregular heartbeat, seizures and more.
Drug interactions must be considered before starting to take any kind of drug. Drug interactions might happen either when Trazodone is taken along with another drug or with particular foods. To prevent any kind of negative interaction, make sure you inform your doctor of any drugs you are taking including non-prescription medication, OTCs, health supplements like vitamins, minerals, herbal medicine and so on which may increase the effect of Trazodone.
- Trazodone may interact with
Taking MAO inhibitors such as Isocarboxazid, Linezolid, Methylene Blue, Moclobemide, Phenelzine, Procarbazine, Rasagiline, Safinamide, Selegiline and Tranylcypromine may result in adverse reactions that could be quite serious in nature. It may also interact with antifungal medicines, seizure medicines and HIV medication. This is not an exhaustive list though.
Appraise your doctor of any medical conditions that you are suffering from and your family history of medical ailments. It’s important that you do not stop or start taking any medicine without the consent of your physician.
What to ask your doctor before you start on Trazodone
- Can I take Trazodone along with other drugs?
- Are there certain foods, beverages and products to be avoided while on Trazodone?
- What is the dosage of Trazodone to be consumed?
- How should I use Trazodone?
- How will Trazodone work on my body?
- How can the drug interactions and side effects of Trazodone be minimized or completely avoided?
The health and medical information that we have provided are meant to supplement and not substitute the advice of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professionals. This does not suggest that usage of Trazodone is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always ensure that you take this or any other drug only after consulting your physician.