Trazodone is used to treat depressive disorders with or without a manifestation of generalized or acute anxiety. Trazodone is also used off-label to treat alcoholism and sleep disorders.
Trazodone is known by a number of brand names including Desyrel, Dividose, Oleptro, and Desyrel. All of these brand names simply offer users the same antidepressant medication. Doctors prescribe Trazodone to patients suffering from depression. Trazodone isn’t simply used for mild or low forms of the mental disorder.
The drug is prescribed to patients suffering from major bouts of depression that they struggle to overcome. Oftentimes, patients suffer anxiety along with depression and Trazodone can help both disorders. Along with depression, Trazodone can be prescribed to patients off-label to treat insomnia and alcoholism.
Like other antidepressants, Trazodone is extremely addictive and users can become dependent on the medication. Trazodone is known as a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI). Drugs that fall into the SSRI category alter the brain’s chemical balance. Serotonin regulates emotions and people with low levels of it can experience depression and/or other mental disorders.
Trazodone enables users to have more serotonin in their brains. The increased amount of serotonin enables users to be healthier and capable of overcoming disorders that produce depression, insomnia, and anxiety.
How is Trazodone taken?
Health practitioners can prescribe Trazodone in 25 mg, 50 mg, 100 mg, 150 mg, and 300 mg tablets. The medication is then taken orally and daily dosage is based on the user’s response to the medication. Patients should take Trazodone with food.
Although addiction and dependency can be created by taking Trazodone, it is claimed to be relatively safe for users. Research has found Trazodone to be very effective in the treatment of depression and sleep disorders such as insomnia. Misuse is often the reason patients can experience addiction, withdrawal when they stop taking it, and death if they overdose on it.
Although Trazodone is said to be safe, there is a risk of dependency on the drug. Patients who misuse Trazodone and do not take it as prescribed, addiction can be created.
Trazodone addiction withdrawal
Once a patient stops taking Trazodone, they can experience signs of depression that look similar to depression and anxiety. When medication is stopped suddenly, these signs increase. Due to stopping Trazodone, individuals have a deficiency of serotonin in their brain. The body should adjust to the lack of serotonin but until it does, individuals can feel uncomfortable.
Signs of Trazodone addiction withdrawal
Thoughts of suicide
Lack of concentration
Trazodone users can avoid withdrawal by taking the medication as prescribed. Patients shouldn’t miss a dose as this can trigger withdrawal symptoms. Trazodone addiction withdrawal symptoms can begin just 24 hours after the last dose was taken and continue for up to three weeks. Tapering off the medication is the best way to end taking it.