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    Cool Has anyone ever taken trazodone for insomnia?

    I've had trouble with insomnia for years, and finally asked my doctor if he could prescribe sleeping pills. He said he didn't want to do that, since sleeping pills could be addictive. Instead he strongly encouraged me to take trazodone. He told me it was an antidepressant, but that, in low doses, works great for insomnia. I bristled a bit, since I've never taken an antidepressant, but he told me it was much safer than regular sleeping pills. I decided to give it a shot, and it does make me sleep much better. However, it seems to have multiple side effects. It affects my balance and also seems to affect my ability to focus and concentrate. Other things I've noticed: bad taste when I wake up in the morning, constipation, jitters. I just wondered if anyone has any advice/information/comments on whether this is a good drug, or one of those that should never have been prescribed to a person who does not suffer from depression.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jujuh View Post
    I've had trouble with insomnia for years, and finally asked my doctor if he could prescribe sleeping pills. He said he didn't want to do that, since sleeping pills could be addictive. Instead he strongly encouraged me to take trazodone. He told me it was an antidepressant, but that, in low doses, works great for insomnia. I bristled a bit, since I've never taken an antidepressant, but he told me it was much safer than regular sleeping pills. I decided to give it a shot, and it does make me sleep much better. However, it seems to have multiple side effects. It affects my balance and also seems to affect my ability to focus and concentrate. Other things I've noticed: bad taste when I wake up in the morning, constipation, jitters. I just wondered if anyone has any advice/information/comments on whether this is a good drug, or one of those that should never have been prescribed to a person who does not suffer from depression.




    It's used a lot off-label for sleep but you never said what dose you're on. How much are you taking a night?
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    He gave me 100mg tablets, but I've been breaking them in half. I guess one thing that bothers me, is that this is at least the 4th doctor I've seen over the last ten years or so that has prescribed me antidepressants for something other than depression...Wellbutrin to help quit smoking; Zoloft (if I remember correctly) to help lose weight, and I can't remember the other one, but it was prescribed for my migraines. I never took any of those, so I'm not sure why I decided to try the Trazodone, but I did. I'm just worried that it may do more harm than good...like those other drugs I've seen in law firm commercials..."if you've ever taken __ and experienced __ then call our office." I also wonder why the doctor considers them "safer" than taking regular old sleeping pills. I had a prescription for tamazepam (sic) years ago, and I don't remember experiencing any side effects, and it also helped me sleep.
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    It's just a dr's preference I believe. I've used temazepam (restoril) and one, it's a benzo and more addictive than trazodone, secondly you can't take temazepam on a daily basis as you build a tolerance to it very quickly. }

    If you start at 50mg doses of trazodone, you 'll need to increase the dose to 100mg after a month or two. Then 100mg is a good dose to maintain at.

    I personally don't like antidepressants. But trazodone has been used successfully for many years as a sleeping aid. I think it's the lesser of two evils compared to some other sleeping pills. That is strictly opinion. God bless.
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    Thank you so much. That makes me feel better. I had come across some things on the web that sounded pretty scary, so that's why I thought I'd post here. I became a fan of this site awhile back when I was kicking a hydrocodone habit. I'm a couple of weeks away from being four months clean. Hydrocodone was my first, and only, drug addiction. I assure you, it will also be my last. I'm now feeling like my old self, and the only pills I take are for hypertension, acid reflux, and an occasional Amerge for migraines. So...the last thing I want to do is take something that could be addictive. I do have one more question. It's my understanding that Trazodone is thought to work by increasing serotonin levels. If that's the case, what happens if I stop taking it? Will I experience withdrawals while my brain resets? I definitely don't want to go through that again.
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    Hey jujuh,

    Thought I'd throw in my experience with trazadone. I took it for a couple of years for sleep and pain management. I was titrated to 150 mg in a couple of months and then stayed there for over a year and a half. I didn't experience any withdrawal when I stopped taking it. The side effects I had were mostly related to mood. The little things, like my lighter not working would set me in tears but the big stuff, like my ex-husband lying, cheating, and stealing were not that big of a deal. I didn't realize this, a close friend did while on the phone with me. Once she pointed it out it was obvious and I stopped taking it immediately and was switched to a combination of Elavil and Prozac, which worked really well for sleep issues for me. I also divorced my husband, so that might have contributed to better sleep as well LOL . Anyway, just thought I'd share my experience with trazadone. Hope you get some sleep!
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    Thanks for the information, Karaboo. Please, don't take this the wrong way, but thanks for the laugh, too. Just the way you described getting rid of your husband, I have to admit, made me snicker a little. It certainly sounds as if you've gotten yourself where you need to be! I also appreciate the warning about how trazodone can make you overlook major problems. I'll try to stay aware (and definitely keep a closer check on hubby)! I'm sorry you've had to go through the pain of a cheating husband, but you obviously had the sense and guts to take care of business. My insomnia comes and goes. I may go through a couple of weeks or months where it takes me hours to fall asleep, waking up every hour or two, and then, I may go through an equal period of time with hardly any problem sleeping. When I'm going through the insomnia period, it's as if my brain won't shut off. Thoughts just keep popping into my mind, and then get replayed constantly. Since it's not a 365-night-a-year problem, I just want to make sure I don't take something that's going to cause me problems when I stop taking it. I'm glad to hear you've found a combo that works for you. I also hope you meet some gorgeous, kind, witty, intelligent, faithful hunk who gives you the love and respect you deserve (if you haven't already). Thanks again for taking the time to respond to my questions.

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    More than happy to share some humor! At some point you just have to laugh, at least I do. Looking back, it is funny to me, just because of how absurd it all was . Haven't met the right man for me and my kids yet, but I know he's out there somewhere -- we will meet when the time is right. Good luck with your sleep, I hate insomnia more than anything! And don't be too hard on your hubby, mine was just a real piece of work lol.

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    Thanks for the information, Karaboo. Please, don't take this the wrong way, but thanks for the laugh, too. Just the way you described getting rid of your husband, I have to admit, made me snicker a little. It certainly sounds as if you've gotten yourself where you need to be! I also appreciate the warning about how trazodone can make you overlook major problems. I'll try to stay aware (and definitely keep a closer check on hubby)! I'm sorry you've had to go through the pain of a cheating husband, but you obviously had the sense and guts to take care of business. My insomnia comes and goes. I may go through a couple of weeks or months where it takes me hours to fall asleep, waking up every hour or two, and then, I may go through an equal period of time with hardly any problem sleeping. When I'm going through the insomnia period, it's as if my brain won't shut off. Thoughts just keep popping into my mind, and then get replayed constantly. Since it's not a 365-night-a-year problem, I just want to make sure I don't take something that's going to cause me problems when I stop taking it. I'm glad to hear you've found a combo that works for you. I also hope you meet some gorgeous, kind, witty, intelligent, faithful hunk who gives you the love and respect you deserve (if you haven't already). Thanks again for taking the time to respond to my questions.
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    Jujuh, I work in a long-term treatment facility for women, so you can be sure we don't give out medications that hold any significant chance of harm (or addiction!) to our clients, who are in early recovery. Everything is fully researched. It is not unusual for some of our clients to be taking trazodone for trouble sleeping. In fact, it is the most commonly prescribed sleep medication for our clients - as we will not dispense any benzos (such as temazepam) or drugs like ambien. There appears to be no ill-effects to taking it - and no trouble at all with stopping. Many take it just a few nights a week, and have no need to take it other nights.

    Although trazodone is an anti-depressant as it was designed, early on, researchers found it wasn't a particularly "good" anti-depressant. But their research did show the tremendous help it was for insomnia - and that is basically the main reason it is prescribed now.

    I, personally, have taken trazodone as needed for a number of years. (It was first prescribed to me when I was in-patient in treatment, too!) I get the most restful sleep, wake up without any drowsiness or other side effects. I think it's a great choice for sleep medications.

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    PS Kara... I had to chuckle at that one too....

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    Thanks, Artist. That's very helpful information. As I said before, the last thing I want is to be dependent on any kind of pill ever again (although I guess I'm stuck with the bp meds). I'm one week away from having four months off the hydrocodone. I'm so glad to put a period at the end of that horrendous ordeal. Thanks again to everyone who takes the time to post and offer help, support, and information to others.

    Kara, I read your post about your friend who just lost her husband. I will be sure to include her in my prayers. God is our strength, and can get us through any situation. God bless.

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    I take Trazadone 300 mg at night. I started out taking 50, then 100, then 200. I take it right when I am going to bed, because I will get really dizzy, and feel like my whole body is dead weight. It makes me hungry because I get up in the middle of the night to grab food, especially something sweet. I worked in a pharmacy, and from my experience, Trazadone is actually used more for sleep than for depression anymore, since they have all of the newer anti-depressants out on the market. I would give it maybe another week, but if it is too bothersome, just tell your doc you want off it. The only problem with sleep meds is that the vast majority of them are controlled substances, including Ambien and Lunesta, which we all know means there is a possibility for abuse or addiction. But there are other medications that can be used for sleep, sometimes off label. But for me, trazadone is the best.
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    Thanks, Shybaybe. It seems that when I take one half pill (50mg) everynight, the side effects aren't as noticeable as they are when I skip one or more nights. I definitely experienced the unbalanced, Frankenstein walking, but it doesn't seem to be as bad anymore. I take the trazodone about 30 minutes before I go to bed, and doesn't seem to bother me too much the next morning. However, if I get up during the night, I'm pretty much staggering. I still have the bad taste in my mouth in the morning also. But, if that's the worst it does, then it may be worth staying on it. Thanks for your input, and sweet dreams!

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    Hi - It's been awhile since your post, so I hope you'll check back. I used Trazodone for sleep for over 20 years - doses ranging from 100 - 200 mg at bedtime. I just recently got off it - decreased the dose over about six weeks, and had no problem. I thought I'd be taking it forever, so was very pleased to have no problems getting off it. The Trazodone certainly did help - good medication for sleep. Hope this helps.
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    Thanks, ElizaJane. It's good to hear from those who have had years of experience with this drug. Actually, I've been sleeping pretty good lately without it, so I've decided to just keep it in the cabinet for now. I guess my goal is to not take anything unless absolutely necessary (BP meds). I've been off hydrocodone for nearly five months now, feeling much better, and have lost about 35 pounds. I don't know how I could have ever been so stupid as to basically throw away eight years of my life (and money). Never again! I hope you're having a good day, and thanks again for replying.

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    I did take the trazadone for insomnia and it did nothing for me at all.

    I would find a sleep specialist (neurologist) who will give you Ambien or something similar.

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    Smile Good ol' trazadone

    I was prescribed trazadone years ago for sleep. It threw me off 'cause when I researched it and did all my studies, it turns out to be an anti-depressant, but appearantly one of the side effects has to be drowziness and it put me to bed, and what I loved dozing off to it because my dreams at night were so vivid and so real. I was able to see colors, and smell things, and touch an taste. I do believe after a while, of course a tolerance will be built and i'd tell you doc it's time for a real sleeping aid 'cause trazadone is part of the anti-depressant phsyc meds... I'd ask for ristoral, it's not addicting like ambien and it works really well. I'd try that before Ambien because alot of people in the hospital were addicted to that Ambien and been taking it for years now and can't sleep without it, and I don't know about you, but I wouldn't want to rely on a pill every night to put me to bed.. ristoral is good, and even vistoral.. all non habit forming

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    Thanks, everyone, for your input and advice. I've tried several times to take the trazadone, but just don't think the side effects are worth it. I have no idea why, but if I take more than a few per week, I start having coughing fits. The first time I thought it was coincidence, the second time...well, thought I'd give it one more shot because they work wonders on my insomnia, but got the same results. Anyway, I've pretty much decided to do the best I can without taking anything. Thanks again, everyone.

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    Hi jujuh!

    I'm new to this site, but I'm really liking it so far. Trazadone, been there, done that. When I was in Rehab, actually. They gave it to everyone to keep us out for the night. We were all on a major high dose - I want to say 375mgs, but I could be wrong it was so long ago. All the girls gained tons of weight. My room-mate who looked like methanphetamine Barbie soon turned into Plus size Barbie. I once woke up to see that she had fallen asleep with a big bag of peanut m&m's and they were everywhere, stuck, in her hair and melted, all over her face. I mean that stuff made you crave, crave candy & lots of it. I was lucky only because I was on Effexor when it first came out, and I had no appitite. Thank God - cause with my sweet tooth, I would have been one of the worst. I'm sorry, I don't recall if you said you're on it or your daughter. Either way, my advice is get ye or she off that drug. Not just because of the weight gain, people would pass out on that stuff while holding cigarettes. They'd pass out before they got to their rooms. There are other things now - very old school like 25-50 mg's of amitriptiline (also known as elavil) one of the first anti-depressents ever, it causes sleepiness, but I've gone on & off without being fazed. No withdrawal. There's ambien (but there's some contreversy about it so look it up) Lunesta and Sonata (sp). Good luck! But I'd get off the Trazadone (deseryle is the same thing - excuse my spelling) I had no problems with w/d from that either. Let me know how it goes!

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    Jujuh!

    Lola again. Duh, maybe I should have read all the helpful answers you had already gotten about the Trazadone. Someone else mentioned, and I agree - maybe Elavil would be the best and it's dirt cheap since it's been around forever. I think the sweet tooth craving was because we were all on such a high dose, I do believe it was 300 -375.


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    Thanks, Lola, and welcome to this site. It's a great place to be for support and advice. I've pretty much quit taking the trazadone. Sometimes it would knock me out before I even realized I was sleepy, other times it seemed to have no effect. Either way, too many side effects or me. I'm getting by okay without taking anything right now, so hopefully I won't have to worry about trying something else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karaboo View Post
    Hey jujuh,

    Thought I'd throw in my experience with trazadone. I took it for a couple of years for sleep and pain management. I was titrated to 150 mg in a couple of months and then stayed there for over a year and a half. I didn't experience any withdrawal when I stopped taking it. The side effects I had were mostly related to mood. The little things, like my lighter not working would set me in tears but the big stuff, like my ex-husband lying, cheating, and stealing were not that big of a deal. I didn't realize this, a close friend did while on the phone with me. Once she pointed it out it was obvious and I stopped taking it immediately and was switched to a combination of Elavil and Prozac, which worked really well for sleep issues for me. I also divorced my husband, so that might have contributed to better sleep as well LOL . Anyway, just thought I'd share my experience with trazadone. Hope you get some sleep!
    I`ve been taking Trazodone for 5 years at night . I take 50 mg . It works well for sleep but if taken over a period of time I believe it works better . My psychiatrist said it was a very safe drug . I triep ambien and lunesta and didn't like them . It also helps anxiety if taken for a while whish I believe is part of insomnia . I hope this helps

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