Trazodone with a common brand name Desyrel belongs to the class of medicines referred to as antidepressants. Its primary function is to influence positively natural substances in the brain that result in mental abnormal conditions such as depression. In other words, Trazodone works effectively for the treatment of a depressive disorder. It affects your reaction (mood), your interest in food (appetite) and the level of your energy. It is a very active drug that lowers nervousness and sleepiness– these are associated with depression. The normal state of Serotonin is restored in the brain via the use of Trazodone.
Trazodone as a potent drug works for the treatment of a depressive disorder. It aids a patient’s appetite, mood, and level of energy. Trazodone lowers nervousness and sleeping problem. Trazodone helps to recover the normal state of Serotonin in the brain.
Mode of Indication, Dosage, and Duration of Treatment
Ensure that the intake of Trazodone is done by following all directions given by the doctor. Adhere to all prescription details found on the prescription label and make inquiries when it is necessary relating to the use, duration, and the number of required dose. There may be a need at times for a change by your doctor on your dose for better treatment result. Trazodone is usually taken after food. Improvement may show up after the constant use of Trazodone for 2 weeks. However, you expected to continue the intake even there is no improvement on symptoms after seven weeks of use–notify your doctor on this. Avoid sudden withdrawal from the use of Trazodone. Seek medical advice from your doctor on the effective use of this medicine
The following precautions should be taken before or when using Trazodone:
- Patients that are hypersensitive to Trazodone should keep away from its use.
- Patients on any drug under the class of MAO inhibitor in the past 2 weeks should keep away from the use of Trazodone.
- Avoid the intake of MAO inhibitor 2 weeks after the intake of Trazodone.
- Any of the following conditions whether in the past or at present should be brought to your doctor’s awareness:
- The disease of the kidney and liver;
- Heart disease;
- Heart attack (the recent one);
- Blood clotting disorder;
- Narrow-angle glaucoma;
- Long QT syndrome;
- Thought of committing suicide;
- Drug abuse;
- Manic disorder.
- There should be an immediate report on mood or symptoms changes by a caregiver or someone close. This may be the result of the use of an antidepressant. This requires a regular check by your doctor to know your conditions.
- Ensure you notify your doctor about the use of the following drugs that may cause serotonin syndrome:
- Opioid medicine;
- Depression medicine;
- Herbal products;
- Stimulant Medicine;
- Parkinson’ medicine;
- Mental illness medicine;
- Medicine for headache and infections;
- Preventive drugs for vomiting and nausea.
- Pregnant women should seek the advice of their doctors before using Trazodone.
- Lactating mothers should seek the advice of their doctors before using Trazodone.
- Those under the age of 18 should keep away from the use of Trazodone.
You are advised to seek immediate medical attention when you begin to experience an allergic reaction to Trazodone which may be swollen lips, throat, face or tongue; difficulty breathing; and hives. The following are the usual side effects of Trazodone:
- Loss of weight or weight gain;
- Changes in vision;
- Dry mouth;
- Gustation problem.
In a situation whereby you forget to use your prescribed medicine, you can always take it at the moment of recollection. However, mind the time for the next dose if not close. Taking at once two doses that are supposed to be used at different times should be avoided.
Peradventure you take more than the prescribed doses, quickly see your doctor or call for emergency medical help. The overuse of Trazodone medicine may be deadly when it interacts with alcohol or use with barbiturates. The signs of Overdose may involve the following:
- Prolonged or Painful erection;
- Extreme drowsiness;
- Slow breathing;
- Pounding or fast heartbeat;
Interaction with other drugs
The following drugs may interact with Trazodone: St. John’s Wort
- A diuretic;
- A blood thinner;
- Medicine for migraine headache;
- Medicine for the treatment of nervousness, changes in mood or mental disorder.
Therefore, keep your doctor abreast before use.