User Reviews for Trazodone
Also known as: Desyrel, Desyrel Dividose, Oleptro
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Reviews for Trazodone to treat Insomnia
"I have taken trazodone for about 15 years. I was started on a 50 milligram dose. During a stressful job change; I spoke with my doctor and went up to 100 milligrams. However I felt the 50 milligrams work better for me."
Neighbors March 22, 2015
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"Just started taking Trazodone because of severe insomnia. I've recently been diagnosed with dysautonomia, and had to have a pacemaker. It's been a rough four months, but after all my medical issues, I couldn't sleep at night, sometimes getting one to two hours of sleep, and feeling exhausted. Lorazepam and Ambien work for me, but hate the fact that they were addictive, and didn't want to take either one consistently. So my doctor prescribed Trazodone 50 mg for me to try. I'm starting out at 25 mg per night, and while it doesn't do much for about two hours, once I do fall asleep, it's very restful, and I awake with no side effects. Hopefully this is the drug for me, and I can now start getting some much needed rest!"
Lindathenurse (taken for less than 1 month) March 18, 2015
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"I have taken other medications that either leave me restless and awake all night or give me such severe hallucinations I feel like I need to commit myself. Trazodone has really helped. I get a good 6 hours of sleep. No problem with the groggy headaches after my first month on it. Dosage 100mg"
Anonymous (taken for 2 to 5 years) March 17, 2015
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"I have been taking trazodone for over six years at 300 mg at night. I am still not sleeping. It used to help me so much but now I have insomnia and go night after night with no sleep. I am going to increase it to 450 tonight and see if it does any good but I honestly feel like I have built up an immunity to it. "
lovinnah (taken for 5 to 10 years) March 11, 2015
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"I've been using Trazodone at 50 mg for anxiety related insomnia. I would try to sleep but I could not get my brain to shut off. It took effect within a week and I have been taking it for 20 years. My doctor is finally taking me off of it. Before Trazadone, sleep was hard to achieve. While I was on it, I got my 6 - 8 hours of sleep and woke up refreshed and ready for my coffee (only one a day)."
CateAB (taken for 10 years or more) March 11, 2015
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"I tried melatonin. Over the counter sleep aides. Natural remedies. Staying up 24hrs. Nothing. Doctor put me on Ambien. Two weeks later at a checkup he upped dosage. A week later wasn't working at that dose. Tried Trazodone. Works like a champ. We did up my dose once but I'd often only take half. Only downside is remembering no food. Works on empty stomach. And I don't move so whatever position I drift off in, that is how I stay. Stiff in the morning."
HollyNoSleep March 6, 2015
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"Worked straight away. I took 100mg just before bed. I became most sedated from 30 minutes to one and a half hours after taking it. So, this is the best window to be in bed and ready to fall asleep. After that you still feel sedated but less so. Solid 8 hours sleep every night without waking. I had some dizziness for the first couple of weeks but this faded (not completely, but mostly). It does not matter if you are sleeping, but sometimes I can feel a little dizzy during the day."
Dave... (taken for 1 to 6 months) March 5, 2015
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"Insomnia has plagued me for years. I'm a night owl by nature, but my job as a health professional requires early hours and a high level of alertness. Started with Ambien, used both regular and controlled release. The early morning fog was horrendous...I narrowly avoided getting killed when I fell asleep at the wheel going into work. Next was Lunesta, which left a terrible metallic taste in my mouth, rendering most food virtually inedible. Great for dieting, but not what I was looking for. Trazodone has been an absolute god-send. 50mg, one hour before bed, no hangover, good to go for two years running. Words of caution: although not addicting, it does take a few days to readjust to "normal" sleep patterns. And don't miss the sleep window!"
No names please (taken for 2 to 5 years) February 17, 2015
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"This is a true story. I started taking Trazodone 50 mg eight months ago when I was so stressed out because my son was addicted to Ambien I passed out at work. He was crazy on the Ambien and I was crazy worrying about him! The doctor prescribed Trazodone and I've been taking it every night since then. I don't know what I would do without it! In one nights I still wake up several times, but overall I sleep 100% better. I would love to be off of it but for this time in my life, it's been a lifesaver."
K1965 January 17, 2015
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"I've been on trazodone for almost a year. I have trouble sleeping. They started me off at 50 mg...my body got used to it so they upped my dosage to 100 mg. I noticed that I felt awful in the morning. Felt like the room was spinning, I didn't want to get out of the bed and not to mention being irritable. For some reason I'm at 150mg now. I just split them down the middle but I noticed my dreams are really weird now."
Marleigh87 January 12, 2015
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"I took 100 milligram trazodone for the first time last night. It did help me sleep but I woke up with a terrible headache and around lunchtime I felt foggy and almost hungover."
kb78 (taken for less than 1 month) January 10, 2015
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"I was diagnosed with insomnia after I underwent extensive chemotherapy and was put on every other sleep aid known (Ambien, Lunesta, Edular, Intermezzo, etc.). After having a horrible side effect from Ambien which sent me to the hospital for numerous days, I was given Trazodone 25mg a night to take. I have the best results from it. When I need it, it responds great with no problems the following morning."
Anonymous January 2, 2015
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"I've been on Trazodone for more than four years. Started for insomnia during my PhD program. I'm a woman, 5-10, 170, and work out five days/week). I need between 100-150 mg to get this medicine to work, but I have never had the hangover the next morning. Most sleep aids knock me out for days - that's never been an issue with Trazodone - I would not have finished my PhD or survived my first year as a full-time professor without it."
Anonymous (taken for 2 to 5 years) January 1, 2015
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"I have been taking 10 mg of Ambien for about 4 months and I want to get off of it so my doctor recommended that I try trazodone instead. I tried 200 mg of trazodone without the Ambien and I had a horrible night. It took over 3 hours to fall asleep and when I did finally get to sleep, I had horrible nightmares. Since then, I have been taking 5 mg of Ambien along with 100 mg of trazodone and it has been all right. I go right to sleep, I sleep all night, and I only have a few vivid dreams. I want to wean myself off Ambien completely so it will just take some time."
Want off Ambien Trying Trazodone (taken for less than 1 month) December 30, 2014
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"I tried trazodone for the first time last night. I was prescribed to take up to 75 mg before bedtime. I took 50 mg at 9 pm and wasn't feeling tired or less anxious by 10 pm, so then I took another 25 mg. Around 11:30 pm I finally started nodding off and slept soundly until 7 am. I have tried over the counter sleeping medications and Ativan twice. I would say this medication is better than over the counter stuff and is like a milder version of Ativan. It didn't put me to sleep right away, but when it finally kicked it, it worked very well. Hope this review helps!"
PaddyC (taken for less than 1 month) December 29, 2014
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"I was put on 100mg, which was far too much for me. I would be tired and in a fog the next day even after a very restful night's sleep. My doctor told me to split the pills in half and I still got the sleep I needed without the severe drowsiness the next day. Now, I don't have to take it every single night to sleep."
StephanieAlice (taken for 6 months to 1 year) December 7, 2014
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"I have had major insomnia for years now and nothing ever got me to sleep. Last year I was admitted into the hospital and they put me on Trazodone and it works wonders on me. I can take it at 9pm and not fall asleep until 11pm but that's because I keep myself busy and it still puts me to sleep. However when I don't take it I don't sleep, so I definitely recommend it."
Anonymous (taken for 6 months to 1 year) November 17, 2014
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"I have had insomnia for a while now and was prescribed Trazodone 50mg about 8 months ago. This stuff knocks me out within 2 hours. Unfortunately, it is doing nothing for my anxiety and depression."
Soldier67 November 9, 2014
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"Gave a 9 instead of 10 because of the Traz 'hangover' when you begin (headaches, fog, laziness)--coffee and aspirin should help this. I recommend starting at lowest dose possible and moving up. I take 50mg and it works wonders. Was on Ambien for 7 years but got tired of eating randomly, not remembering things I did and short amount of sleep time. With Trazodone you will have a deep and restful sleep (6-8hrs). Any side effects should go away within a week. Word of caution....you HAVE to lay down, turn out the lights and close your eyes within 30-45 minutes of taking this. Otherwise you risk missing the sleep window and could be up all night. Best sleep aid I've tried."
bobalaneo (taken for 1 to 2 years) November 4, 2014
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"Stopping Trazodone ASAP and here's why. Worked for me for about 4 or 5 months but when I needed a higher dosage of it (100-150 mgs), the REALLY BAD SIDE EFFECTS began. I'm talking the worst hand TREMORS ever, to the point where I have trouble holding a pen and writing. I am writing this on my phone and can barely hold it steady. The mental/cognitive effects are worse, I mean seriously I thought I had a brain tumor or something along those lines!!! Extreme CONFUSION, SEVERE SHORT-TERM MEMORY LOSS, I'm dizzy pretty much all the time and the lack of coordination is so bad that my driving suffered. The effects were never at night after I took it, always the next day. If you feel like you're losing it, you aren't. Just stop taking Trazodone."
JessPhoenix (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 30, 2014
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"I have epilepsy, so sleep is a really important component of control, but I have issues with insomnia. I already take a lot of pills so I didn't want another, but my neurologist (whose specialty is actually sleep) suggested Trazodone because it doesn't alter sleep architecture and is non addictive (something I wanted to avoid). This is by far the best sleep medicine I have tried, and I have tried Ambien and Lunesta. I guess I've also used my Klonopin, but I'd rather not take anything addictive very frequently. My dose is around 50-100 mg per night - depending on how tired I am."
Anonymous (taken for 2 to 5 years) October 22, 2014
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