Hi, I just started takeing Trazodone 50mg for Insomnia, (which just started a two months ago) sliced it into 4's (quarters) it took a few hours to kick in... did not sleep through the night. Woke up at 2:45 AM still felt groggy and tried to go back to sleep..not really. Got out of bed at 5:30AM to start my day..and was still groggy... What is the best way to take this med to avoid the groggyness and sleep through the night? Responses are welcomed. Thank you!
If you didn't take the whole dose it may not help you sleep all night. However I've found with these meds, what I do is take it 2 hrs before I want to sleep. Driving after that is out, in case you do it this way. It usually then works when I want to sleep and I'm not near as groggy when I get up. I absolutely hate that feeling so I'll do anything to avoid it.
Trazodone didn't work for me. What did work was Seroquel. In low doses (25/50mg) it is used for sleeping; dosages of (500?) 600mg+ are for schizophrenics. Considering that a 50mg pill would knock me (literally) unconscious within 20minutes, I can't imagine taking the higher dose! Good luck
I've tried several other "traditional" sleeping pills (like ambien) and "natural" alternatives (like melatonin) over the years and have found that trazodone works best for me. I started off at 50 mg but bumped up to 100 mg because I didn't notice any improvement in sleep. The 100 mg worked better for me, but was no panacea. I've had insomnia since I was a little girl, and as my mom and grandmother both suffer from it, I fear I will be an insomniac for life, with or without medicine.
- Trazodone Information for Consumers
- Trazodone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Trazodone (detailed)
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