Trazodone is a tetracyclic antidepressant. It is thought to increase the activity of one of the brain chemicals (serotonin), which helps elevate mood. The active ingredient in Desyrel®, Trazodone is a tolerable and chemically unique anti-depressant known to work within the first week of treatment!
Trazodone also marketed as:
Desyrel, Oleptro, Molipaxin, Trittico.
Trazodone is used to treat depression. It may also be used for relief of an anxiety disorder (e.g., sleeplessness, tension), chronic pain or to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Check with your doctor if any of these most common side effects persist or become bothersome:
Blurred vision, constipation, decreased appetite, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, general body discomfort, headache, incoordination, light-headedness, muscle aches/pains; nausea, nervousness, sleeplessness, stomach pain, stuffy nose, swelling of the skin, tiredness, tremors.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these severe side effects occur: Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blood in urine, chest pain, fainting, hallucinations, irregular heartbeat, light-headedness when rising from a lying or seated position; prolonged, inappropriate, or painful erections; seizures, shortness of breath, stroke, vomiting.
Symptoms of overdose may include drowsiness, weakness, low blood pressure, vomiting, penis erection that is painful or prolonged, slow heart rate, rapid or irregular pulse, seizure (black-out or convulsions), or breathing that slows or stops. Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. An overdose of Trazodone can be fatal when it is taken with alcohol, barbiturates such as phenobarbital, or sedatives such as diazepam (Valium).
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to Trazodone.
Before using Trazodone, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:
If you need to have any type of surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using Trazodone.
You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time. It may take up to 2 weeks of using this medicine before your symptoms improve. Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 2 weeks of treatment. You may need to take Trazodone for several weeks or months to control your depression symptoms.
Before taking Trazodone, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs: an HIV medicine such as indinavir (Crixivan) or ritonavir (Norvir); an antibiotic such as ketoconazole (Nizoral) or itraconazole (Sporanox); digoxin (Lanoxin, Lanoxicaps); seizure medicine such as carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Tegretol) or phenytoin (Dilantin); warfarin (Coumadin); or if you have taken an MAO inhibitor within the past 14 days, such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), or tranylcypromine (Parnate).
You may not be able to take Trazodone, or you may require special monitoring during treatment if you are taking any of the medicines listed above.
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with Trazodone.
Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products.