I've been on ambien for insomnia for 4 years now. I was up to 15mg nightly along with 100mg of trazodone and 20mg of Zoloft. One day I suddenly started to get muscle twitching in my left arm and since it has spread to other parts of my body. This has been going on for 3 months now. I have cut out Zoloft from my medications for about a month and have gotten down to 2.5 mg of ambien. I still take 150 mg of trazodone to fall asleep. Has anyone has muscle spasms from any of these meds after years of use?
Hi b18bracer I used to take 150mg of trazodone still take 50mg at night..did not have side effects from this other than being foggy in the morning... however..I have been taking 37.5 mg xr of Effexor every morning and it helps me but my hands shake and my muscles twitch..not sure why has not spread to other parts of my body,,, muscles twitch in my arms Perhaps the combo of meds you were taking were putting you on the edge of serontonin syndrome
23 Jul 2013
Trazodone caused me permanent blurring of my left eye (comes and goes). I know people that take it every nite but be aware that its not necessarily a clean drug.
11 Aug 2013
I've had some twitching issues too. I've been taking 10mg of Ambien for a little over 3 years. I'll try to reach for my phone to turn off my alarm and my hands and arms will start shaking really bad. After I get up and around, it's hard to hold anything in my hands. I have a hard time writing too. It's just uncontrollable twitching! For the last couple of nights I've taken 50mg of Trazodone instead of Ambien. The twitching, shaking hands have gone away... at least for 2 days. So, that being said, I'm assuming the twitching could be from the Ambien. I'm trying to research it. If I find anything interesting or helpful I'll post it. :)
1 May 2014
I have just completely got off Ambien 10 mg. after 12 years. Immediately I started to have muscle fasciculation all over the body, especially in the biceps and neck, not often above the neck but everywhere else down to the calves. I did not have this condition while taking the drug however. As your question was posted nearly a year ago you may by now have more answers to share with us. I can be reached on @twitcher...
12 May 2014
I still have no answers. I was able to get my ambient down to 5mg a night or less. Some nights like last night I have to go back up though. I have very minor ammounta of twitching these days. I believe that a combination of healthy diet and drug redution has helped. today I have a very minor eye twitch I thinkitis from the updose of ambient I took last night.
16 Nov 2018
I have been on trazodone 50mg for about 2 months now. It did help me get 6 to 7 hours sleep a night. A few days ago, I have noticed that my left eye started getting blurry but not my right eye. My left eye eyebrows started twitching really bad, almost every minute, this is also started when my left eye blurriness started. I have stopped this drug, hopefully, I will get back to normal again. Thanks All...
20 Feb 2019
Taking Trazodone for insomnia. My muscles have been jerking more than twitching. Increasing, uncontrollable muscle "twitches" or jerking motions to my head, neck, upper body. I have noticed an increasing white film like view to my vision. I do not know if it is Trazodone, but have just noticed these symptoms, increasingly over a 6 month period.
20 Feb 2019
Also... I've had sleep disturbances such as sleep paralysis.
23 Apr 2019
I’ve taken trazodone for several years. Just over the past couple of months, I started having these terrible body twitches and odd spasms when I go to bed. I realized it was happening about 15 or 20 minutes after I take my trazodone. That’s the only med I take at night. I take a different anti-depressant in the morning. I don’t know why this has started. Going to the Dr next week.
6 Jul 2020
I've been taking Trazodone 100 mg for sleep off and on for a few years. I'm on it now and I've noticed every so often after taking it (an hour before bed) as I'm trying to fall asleep I get restless, fidgety, toss and turn and have strange leg movements (not RLS). The movements will go on for hours as I fight to stop them. Sometimes (after about an hour+) I take 0.25mg Xanax with relief after approximately 30>45 min. With AADD bedtime has always been hell.