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 1,265 562
Difficulty falling asleep 500 250
Depressed mood 138 53
Fibromyalgia 116 40
Difficulty staying asleep 108 55

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  • Slight
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 108
Moderate 190
Mild 289
None 522

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Trazodone

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 71
Drowsiness 57
Difficulty waking up 39
Grogginess in morning 29
Headaches 26
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 25

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Trazodone

Dosage Patients
50 mg daily 128
100 mg daily 117
150 mg daily 56
200 mg daily 27
300 mg daily 17
50mg as needed 16
25 mg daily 12
100mg as needed 9
75 mg daily 8
1 mg daily 6

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Why patients stopped taking Trazodone

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 255
Side effects too severe 231
Doctor's advice 176
Other 153
Course of treatment ended 46
Personal research 20
Expense 11
Change in health plan coverage 10
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Duration

Currently taking Trazodone

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 16
6 months - 1 year 25
1 - 2 years 52
2 - 5 years 156
5 - 10 years 114
10 years or more 94

Stopped taking Trazodone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 140
1 - 6 months 171
6 months - 1 year 111
1 - 2 years 104
2 - 5 years 103
5 - 10 years 48
10 years or more 22
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 790
Usually 194
Sometimes 90
Never taken as prescribed 35
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 43
Somewhat hard to take 67
A little hard to take 127
Not at all hard to take 872
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 1
$50-99 6
$25-49 31
< $25 596
Not specified 474

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Trazodone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Zolpidem (Ambien) 62
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 29
Mirtazapine (Remeron) 11
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 10
Fluoxetine (Prozac) 9

Show all 42 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Trazodone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 28
Zolpidem (Ambien) 28
Mirtazapine (Remeron) 20
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 11
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 10

Show all 51 treatments patients report switching to

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90 patient evaluations for Trazodone

Apr 11, 2018 (Started Apr 15, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for sleep problems)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for difficulty falling asleep)
  • 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 a.m.)
  • 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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