What is Trazodone?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Trazodone is an antidepressant used primarily to treat depression. It may also be used for relief of an anxiety disorder (e.g., sleeplessness, tension), or chronic pain.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Insomnia 1326 583
Depressed mood 148 56
Fibromyalgia 117 42
Difficulty staying asleep 110 57
Anxious mood 67 30

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  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 104
Moderate 192
Mild 301
None 546

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Trazodone

Side effect Patients Percentage
Dry mouth 72
Drowsiness 60
Difficulty waking up 42
Grogginess in morning 30
Headaches 26
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 24

Show all 175 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Trazodone

Dosage Patients Percentage
50 mg daily 60
100 mg daily 51
150 mg daily 21
200 mg daily 19
300 mg daily 11
25 mg daily 10
50mg as needed 8
100mg as needed 4
75 mg daily 3
1 mg daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Trazodone

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 269
Side effects too severe 237
Doctor's advice 183
Other 154
Course of treatment ended 46
Personal research 19
Expense 11
Change in health plan coverage 10
See all 716 patients who've stopped taking Trazodone

Duration

Currently taking Trazodone

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 21
2 - 5 years 78
5 - 10 years 55
10 years or more 48

Stopped taking Trazodone

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 144
1 - 6 months 174
6 months - 1 year 108
1 - 2 years 111
2 - 5 years 112
5 - 10 years 51
10 years or more 25
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 817
Usually 198
Sometimes 93
Never taken as prescribed 35
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 45
Somewhat hard to take 67
A little hard to take 129
Not at all hard to take 902
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 1
$100-199 1
$50-99 6
$25-49 31
< $25 600
Not specified 504

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Trazodone after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Zolpidem (Ambien) 65
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 32
Mirtazapine (Remeron) 14
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 10
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 10

Show all 48 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Trazodone and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 30
Zolpidem (Ambien) 29
Mirtazapine (Remeron) 23
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 14
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 10

Show all 53 treatments patients report switching to

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90 patient evaluations for Trazodone

Apr 11, 2018 (Started Apr 15, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for difficulty falling asleep)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for sleep problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: take this med when you already for bed and sitting on the side of your bed after you have already prepared to sleep. At the higher doses, You will literally fall asleep on the toilet if you take it before you get ready for bed. Sometimes when eyes are closed when in bed your mind will visualize weird images, just pretend you are watching a weird 1960's movie, don't try to "grab onto" an image, watch it then let it fade away, and you will slide into sleep faster. Side effect: tends to make mouth dry, have a glass of water at the bedside to wet your mouth. I have been on this med for > 18 years and adore it for sleep, non- habit-forming/ non-addictive (except don't sleep as well without it) and doesn't show in drug tests as a controlled substance like most other sleepers.
Cost: $200+ monthly

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Oct 7, 2017 (Started Aug 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for sleep problems)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (drowsy in morning)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I fall asleep wishing mi utes of putting my head on the pillow.

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Jul 15, 2017 (Started Jan 09, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for difficulty falling asleep)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 20, 2017 (Started Jan 09, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for difficulty falling asleep)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Trazodone really does help me to fall asleep and sleep through the night,i take it 4 nights a 7 day week on average and have had an overall positive experience with it.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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