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 1,130 486
Sleep problems 886 333
Difficulty falling asleep 438 201
Depressed mood 131 42
Fibromyalgia 116 40
Difficulty sleeping through night 94 38

Show all 117 reasons taken


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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
Severe 95
Moderate 174
Mild 246
None 433

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Trazodone

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 65
Drowsiness 46
Hangover effect 43
Difficulty waking up 36
Groggy in morning 25
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 21

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Trazodone

Dosage Patients
50 mg daily 122
100 mg daily 102
150 mg daily 50
200 mg daily 35
300 mg daily 24
50mg as needed 20
100mg as needed 12
25 mg daily 10
1 tablet(s) daily 9
75 mg daily 6

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Why patients stopped taking Trazodone

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 224
Side effects too severe 213
Doctor's advice 149
Other 135
Course of treatment ended 40
Personal research 17
Expense 12
Change in health plan coverage 10
See all 617 patients who’ve stopped taking Trazodone

Duration

Currently taking Trazodone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 39
6 months - 1 year 46
1 - 2 years 75
2 - 5 years 123
5 - 10 years 93
10 years or more 70

Stopped taking Trazodone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 125
1 - 6 months 160
6 months - 1 year 99
1 - 2 years 94
2 - 5 years 82
5 - 10 years 41
10 years or more 18
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 671
Usually 165
Sometimes 82
Never taken as prescribed 30
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 39
Somewhat hard to take 58
A little hard to take 111
Not at all hard to take 740
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 6
$25-49 26
< $25 518
Not specified 397

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Trazodone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Zolpidem (Ambien) 35
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 23
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 8
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 8
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 7

Show all 36 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Trazodone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 24
Zolpidem (Ambien) 19
Mirtazapine (Remeron) 12
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 8
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 7

Show all 39 treatments patients report switching to

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89 patient evaluations for Trazodone

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BipolarQueen
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BipolarQueen
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 1
Emotional: 3
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Moderate
31 F
Function: Low
Distress: Moderate
I am: g
I have:
Schizoaffective Disorder

See BipolarQueen's full Trazodone history

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

  • 0 helpful marks
LadySirona
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LadySirona
Gender: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Depression: 2
Mania: 1
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Overwhelming
57 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Low
I am: vg
I have:
Bipolar Disorder

See LadySirona's full Trazodone history

Mar 9, 2017 (Started Aug 15, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Insomnia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: take this med sitting on the side of the bed and then lie down to sleep cause it knocks you out
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
TheWorshipper
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TheWorshipper
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 1
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: None
59 M
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: n
I have:
Schizoaffective Disorder

See TheWorshipper's full Trazodone history

Dec 20, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Sleep problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Difficulty falling asleep)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I take Trazodone for it's side effect, to help me sleep.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jul 3, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Sleep problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Difficulty falling asleep)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Drugged feeling)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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