Trazodone is a form of antidepressant from the SARIs class of antidepressants and also shares properties of the SSRIs class too. It is used in treatment for major depressive disorder to help improve mood, appetite and energy while also decreasing anxiety and any insomnia related to the depression. It does this by helping to balance out the serotonin imbalance in the brain that is linked to your mental health.
Things to avoid while taking Trazodone
There are a few things that are best avoided while on this medication, the main being alcohol as this can cause dangerous side effects and can in some cases cause death. You should also avoid driving or any dangerous activities until you know your tolerance to the drug and how it will affect you as it could impair your reactions. It is also advised that you not get up to fast from a sitting or lying position as this can cause dizziness.
Possible side effects of Trazodone
The first thing is to make sure you get emergency help should you have an allergy to the medication. The possible signs of this are hives, breathing difficulties, swelling of the face, lips tongue or throat. Make sure you stop taking and notify your doctor should you have a penis erection for 6 hours or longer and it is painful as this can lead to a serious condition only corrected by surgery.
If the symptoms that are being treated by the medication worsen or you get new ones then make sure you advise your doctor. You need to also seek medical advice should you feel any symptoms of serotonin syndrome which are agitation, hallucinations, fever, sweating, shivering, quickened heart rate, muscle stiffness, twitching, nausea, vomiting, loss of coordination and diarrhea.
The most common side effects for Trazodone are:
- Dizziness, drowsiness and tiredness
- Weight loss
- Blurred vision
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Stuffy nose
These are just the most common side effects but others could occur which your doctor can advise you further on.
How to take trazodone
Your doctor will prescribe you the medication and advise the dosage that you are required to take so make sure you check all the instructions given by your doctor and in the medication leaflet. It is best to take trazodone after a meal or a snack, and you may not notice a change in your symptoms until upto 2 weeks so do not worry for this time if after that you are still not improving then talk to your doctor. If you stop taking this medication suddenly this can have side effects so it is best to get advice from your doctor on how to stop taking it safely. If for any reason you miss a dose take it as close to the normal time as possible, if it is closer to your next dose then just take your next dose do not double up on that dose to make it up just miss the one you have not taken.
If you are going to be taking trazodone for your depression or you are taking it and want to know more then hopefully this guide will give you an idea of what this medication is and how to take it and any side effects to look out for.