Has anyone managed a patient going through Trazodone withdrawl? A patient of mine went cold turkey against my advice.
30 Sep 2004
I went cold turkey from trazodone (150mgs/pm).I experienced edginess and what felt like low blood pressure.I would be standing and all of the sudden I would feel faint(it would pass) and I never did faint.I went back on the trazodone and the symptoms disappeared.I then weened myself off like my doctor told me and everything was fine... Dave
30 Sep 2004
Trazodone can be a a bit mean to a person coming off of it.
Major problems are extreme aggression and rage.
If it isn't already evident, try to keep a buddy nearby. If he expresses thoughts of violent behavior, YOU OR AN ER DOC on the phone might be able to coax him into to a FRIENDLY visit to the ER for a quiet counter-measure of "gentle meds".
A lot depends on his daily intake when he stopped.
The Best of Wishes to You.
19 Jul 2010
I took Trazodone for 10 years, first 300mg. nightly and the past three years 200mg. nightly. I just stopped Trazodone COLD TURKEY, and I'm just fine. I didn't talk to my Family Doctor about it, she may have told me to cut down before stopping it all together but I don't think so, she had wished I would only take it as needed. I suffer from RSD/CRPSII, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Symdrome, and several other medical problems, I also had to take Provigil to be able to get out of Bed so I could function during the day. It came to the point I felt like a ZOMBIE!!
When I first started taking Trazodone, I fell asleep within 20 minutes, this is what I was prescribed it for, to sleep. But it just didn't work anymore and with my also having to take Provigil, my Insomnia it didn't work either because, with no sleep at night during the day I was a Zombie. I stopped both Cold Turkey and I am adjusting my sleep pattern still it's been about three weeks, but my chronic Constipation is gone? I'm happy about that, and the only side effect isn't my Insomnia, I FEEL MUCH BETTER. My side effect is I don't feel like a Zombie.
12 Feb 2011
My doctor had me on trazadone (300mg) every evening for several different reasons. For reasons unknown to me, she stopped the the drug with no explanation. I became violently ill for several days, started having seizures, and ended up in the hospital. I'll never touch them again, and would caution those who are concidering this drug for long term therapy. I'm not putting the drug down, I'm simply cautioning those that you can & do become seriously dependant on them.
6 Aug 2011
Im trying to get off Trazodone because it is not helping with my sleep. I was taking 150mg, currently taking 50mg but when I go to 25mg, I sweat like have water running off my head and I shake(whole body). Have gone back up to 50mg and am greatly improved on my sweating and shaking. I sure would like to get completely off of this since it is not helping me sleep. I have prob.taken it for 20 years.
28 Aug 2011
I stopped 75ml of trazadone cold turkey and had problems with a great deal of sweating whilst sleeping (lightly/fitfully), to the extent of having to change the soaked bedding there and then in the middle of the night.
More importantly I became anxious to a fairly serious extent. Bad enough that I went immediately (on the 2nd day of the trazadone detox - when the anxiety was kicking in fairly strongly and I'd worked out what was wrong) and got another prescription.
I've since cut down in steps - to 50ml, about 35ml, 25ml, taking the next drop every 3 weeks or so. This went pretty much without symptoms.
Then I dropped from 25ml to 5ml as my prescription was running low and I did have night sweating problems but nothing more. This got worse last night when I tried to cut down too quickly from 5ml to zero after just 10 days. It was messy and unpleasant but that is all.
I had less difficulty dropping from my initial dosage of 150ml to 75ml (which I hardly noticed) than from that 25ml to zero via 5ml (as above).
15 Apr 2013
i am 190 lbs, 18 years old and i have been on trazodone EVERY single day for about a year now for anxiety/insomnia. quit trazodone cold turkey now though because of the side effects. its about day 6 now and i can happily say i have not expirienced ANY withdrawal effects. possibly a slight increase in anxiety and maybe a little bit more trouble falling asleep but i believe it was most likely placebo effect, since i was scarred about hearing the withdrawals. but i did absolutely fine
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