What is Trazodone?

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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 1531 597
Depressed mood 172 59
Fibromyalgia 138 42
Difficulty staying asleep 118 58
Anxious mood 81 30

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  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 107
Moderate 201
Mild 303
None 560

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Trazodone

Side effect Patients Percentage
Dry mouth 73
Drowsiness 61
Difficulty waking up 43
Grogginess in morning 31
Headaches 27
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 24

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Trazodone

Dosage Patients Percentage
50 mg daily 35
100 mg daily 34
200 mg daily 12
150 mg daily 9
300 mg daily 6
50mg as needed 6
25 mg daily 4
1 mg daily 2
50 mg twice daily 2
100mg as needed 2

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Why patients stopped taking Trazodone

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 282
Side effects too severe 246
Doctor's advice 194
Other 155
Course of treatment ended 48
Personal research 21
Change in health plan coverage 11
Expense 11
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Duration

Currently taking Trazodone

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 36
5 - 10 years 42
10 years or more 31

Stopped taking Trazodone

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 145
1 - 6 months 174
6 months - 1 year 107
1 - 2 years 111
2 - 5 years 116
5 - 10 years 51
10 years or more 30
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 837
Usually 204
Sometimes 94
Never taken as prescribed 36
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 46
Somewhat hard to take 69
A little hard to take 132
Not at all hard to take 924
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 1
$100-199 1
$50-99 6
$25-49 32
< $25 610
Not specified 521

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Trazodone after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Zolpidem (Ambien) 71
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 36
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 15
Mirtazapine (Remeron) 15
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 12

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Patients stopped taking Trazodone and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 50
Zolpidem (Ambien) 45
Mirtazapine (Remeron) 28
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 16
Doxepin (Sinequan) 14

Show all 57 treatments patients report switching to

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91 patient evaluations for Trazodone

Aug 12, 2020 (Started Jul 17, 2020)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for unrefreshing or poor sleep)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for sleepiness)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for increased need for sleep)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (dizziness with hypotension upon standing, double vision (diplopia), blurry vision, difficulty reading, difficulty thinking)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily

Jul 21, 2020 (Started Jul 17, 2020)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for unrefreshing or poor sleep)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for sleepiness)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for increased need for sleep)
  • Side effects
    Severe (dizziness with hypotension upon standing, double vision (diplopia), blurry vision, difficulty reading, difficulty thinking)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Doctor said side effects would wear out so I am taking it regularly to see if that is true

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Jul 6, 2020 (Started May 13, 1993)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for difficulty falling asleep)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 23, 2011 (Started May 13, 1993)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for difficulty falling asleep)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 21, 2010 (Started May 13, 1993)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for difficulty falling asleep)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 20, 2010 (Started May 13, 1993)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for difficulty falling asleep)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 30, 2010 (Started May 13, 1993)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for difficulty falling asleep)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: it helps me to sleep
Cost: < $25 monthly

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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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