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 1,111 474
Sleep problems 871 326
Difficulty falling asleep 425 193
Depressed mood 131 42
Fibromyalgia 115 39
Difficulty sleeping through night 93 37

Show all 115 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 93
Moderate 169
Mild 240
None 428

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Trazodone

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 62
Drowsiness 45
Hangover effect 43
Difficulty waking up 36
Groggy in morning 25
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 21

Show all 196 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Trazodone

Dosage Patients
50 mg daily 111
100 mg daily 103
150 mg daily 48
200 mg daily 31
50mg as needed 23
300 mg daily 20
25 mg daily 12
100mg as needed 11
1 tablet(s) 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 220
Side effects too severe 211
Doctor's advice 145
Other 133
Course of treatment ended 40
Personal research 18
Expense 12
Change in health plan coverage 9
See all 606 patients who’ve stopped taking Trazodone

Duration

Currently taking Trazodone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 35
6 months - 1 year 43
1 - 2 years 70
2 - 5 years 128
5 - 10 years 90
10 years or more 62

Stopped taking Trazodone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 123
1 - 6 months 158
6 months - 1 year 99
1 - 2 years 93
2 - 5 years 77
5 - 10 years 41
10 years or more 17
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 659
Usually 161
Sometimes 81
Never taken as prescribed 29
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 39
Somewhat hard to take 57
A little hard to take 111
Not at all hard to take 723
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 6
$25-49 26
< $25 506
Not specified 391

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Trazodone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Zolpidem (Ambien) 33
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 22
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) 16
Mirtazapine (Remeron) 11
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 7
Eszopiclone (Lunesta) 6

Show all 37 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
30 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: g
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
God's Worshipper
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God's Worshipper
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 0
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Low
59 M
Function: Moderate
Distress: Low
I am: n
I have:
Schizoaffective Disorder

See God's Worshipper'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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