Either for sleeping or depression?
What is the maximum dose of Trazodone that's used?
Question posted by Thor283 on 17 May 2012
Last updated on 24 August 2022
200 seems to be the max. I started out with 50 and as my body got used to it I would increase the dose by 50. I am now taking 150 mg’s but it’s taken several years to reach this number.
“The #1 thing with this med is …. as soon as you feel it kicking in close your eyes and sleep! If your on your phone and miss this little drowsy moment you may be up all night.”. Sweet Dreams!
Sleeping AND depression
Highest dose of trazodone is it safe to take
I am on 300 mg of trazodone at night. I also take 100mg of Pristiq at night. I sleep through the night. I don't think it is helping my depression.
I am taking 20 mg of Valium throughout the day. I also take 15mg of Lexapro and 150 mg of trazodone to sleep is this safe
I've found that over 100 mg. Trazodone for sleep makes me have trouble with confusion and dizziness. Once I took 150 to 200 mg. for sleep and my balance was so off I had many falls.
Over 75 mg. makes me feel dopey so I won't drive.
What is the max dose for sleep?
hi can I ask you or this group a question please I have suffered for about 10yrs now with depression amongst other things like crying all the time and lack of sleep and I have just been put on Trazodone 150mg 1 a night by my doctor I took my first tablet last night and I no its early days yet but had no sleep at all and today I feel like crap with feeling dizzy stomach pains and not left the house in two days now if I take two instead of one could that harm me at all
Usual Adult Dose for Depression
150 mg orally per day in divided doses; this may be increased by 50 mg orally per day every 3 to 4 days
Maximum dose: 400 mg orally per day in divided doses (outpatients); 600 mg orally per day in divided doses (inpatients)
150 mg orally once a day; this may be increased by 75 mg orally per day every 3 days (i.e., start 225 mg orally on Day 4 of therapy)
Maximum dose: 375 mg orally per day
3 to 600mg
I see this is an older post but I often think keeping them running can be helpful as different opinions come and go. Recently started on this drug and appreciate everybody's comments and experiences. 100 milligrams has made all the difference in the world to me for sleeping. I have sleep apnea and usually don't sleep for more than an hour at a time with this drug I had one three hour And one four hour sleep Last night. Woot woot:) it does at this point make me a zombie during the day still but I also have chronic fatigue syndrome so that could exacerbate that whole side effect of being a zombie. Dr said to stick with it the zombie thing usually backs off after a few weeks . Someone did mention that this drug causes sleep apnea. I don't think so. Always try to separate medical opinion online into two batches , anecdotal , which is what we're doing here as we're not medical professionals , and medical professionals opinions.
I read an article by a medical professional that actually says and confirms what my doctor is doing that this drug actually can reduce the number of times you wake up at night by changing your wakeup threshold so that instead of having your brain wake you up when it senses a sleep apnea it delays that and it gives your body more time to keep sending signals to you to breathe. Sounded a little scary but again reading of medical literature says there's never been anybody not waking up when they needed to and again by itself it can decrease the number of times you wake up from sleep apnea during the night. I'm having major problems getting a CPAP machine to do anything for me so I'm hoping this drug gets me in the right direction with a sleep apnea. Time will tell , best of success for everybody.
I guess it depends on the individual and weight of that person. Here in Michigan it is only used for sleep and not an antidepressant. I have sleep insomnia and I am prescribed 200mg a night as needed. But I also have to take melatonin as well. My sister who sometimes has trouble sleeping right away but will eventually fall asleep only takes 50 mg my other sister who is a year younger but about 75 pounds heavier and has the exact same issues takes 100mg so it really all depends. The highest dose I have heard of is 600 but depending on your weight and age that could be dangerous.
I was put on Prozac 20mg in the mornings and Trazodone 100mg at night. I have really bad anxiety,depression and PTSD. I went to another place a few years back and they prescribed me two medications that did not go together and I had a severe seizure! I'm scared to take new medication. Is this combination ok?
I have been taking trazodone for quite awhile for sleep. I started at 150 mgs, then later moved up to 200mgs. (previously I was on Seroquel for sleep , but they changed it because of the possibility of long term side effects) Beginning of Dec., my dr. added an extra 100 mgs for the elevated anxiety/depression/insomnia, I was feeling in the past couple of months. 300 mgs. worked very well, both with sleep and anxiety/depression, but I had side effects of extra drowsiness during the day. Now in Jan., I have recently cut it down to 250 mgs because of the extra drowsiness I have during the day. This seems to work with less daytime drowsiness. I am happy with this dosage.
When I was taking it, which was many years ago, I was taking 600mg at bedtime. I had to be in bed when I actually took it too. I never took it for its antidepressant properties, just for sleep. That effect eventually wore off so I quit taking it for that too. The suggestion of Melatonin might be a good option for you. I take it with 4mg of Valium and I sleep like a baby. I've had sleep issues for years. Melatonin is also OTC. Hope you find something that works for you. I've been in your shoes and I know how frustrating it is. Be well and God bless.
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