What Is Trazodone

Trazodone is a medication used to treat depression, chronic pain and anxiety disorders like sleeplessness, tension etc. It has a calming effect on the patient and helps the patient to relax and sleep.  This medicine works on the brain by helping to restore the balance of a natural chemical called serotonin in the brain. Because of the stimulating nature of this drug, extreme caution must be exercised both by the doctor prescribing it and by the patient taking it. The medical instructions that come with the drug must be properly studied and adhered too.

The doctor must completely ascertain the patient’s medical history so as to determine whether the patient can be administered this drug. Trazodone cannot be administered to patients who have had a recent heart attack, are known to have a history of drug abuse or alcoholism or has liver or kidney related diseased. Also if the patient is already on other drugs such as Furoxon, Adilect etc., Trazodone should not be prescribed since it will react adversely with these drugs and other MAO inhibitors of this kind.

Though it is not known exactly if consuming Trazodone during pregnancy would affect the unborn baby, there is the risk of this drug reaching the baby through milk while breast-feeding it. Hence nursing mothers should consult their doctors before taking this medication. Trazodone is generally not prescribed for patients less than 18-years of age.

There are many side-effects that have been seen in patients consuming Trazodone. Some younger patients may have suicidal thoughts when starting to consume any anti-depressant like Trazodone. Mood changes, anxiety, tension, nervousness, panic attacks, irritability, aggression, hostility or sleeping trouble might be observed in some patients when they initially start on the drug. However, these symptoms should gradually subside, and if they do not, they should be immediately reported to the doctor. A serious side-effect that might occur is some male patients is long and painful penis erection. This condition should be immediately given medical attention as it might require surgery to bring the patient to normalcy.

Alcohol should not be partaken when one is on Trazodone medication since Trazodone would increase the intoxicating effects of alcohol and therefore could prove to be dangerous. This would hamper one’s ability to do any activity that requires alertness and concentration, such as driving.

Trazodone is usually partaken in the dosage of twice a day, one dose preferably being before bed. The doctor might initially put the patient on a lower dose to observe the patient’s reactions and response, before moving on to a larger dose. The drug must be partaken exactly as prescribed with the instructions followed accurately. It may be 2-3 weeks before the effects of Trazodone are felt in the patient.