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Is trazodone an effective antidepressant?

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Nunwithgun 24 Feb 2017

Desyrel (trazodone) is an antidepressant that increases serotonin activity in the brain. Trazodone is used for depression, anxiety, sleep and pain. Trazodone is not considered to be habit forming but should be taken exactly as prescribed by the doctor. Yes, it works.

sapphire2011 24 Feb 2017

Hi Toby,
Trazodone is an "old school" anti-depressant which nowadays is used more for sleep than anything. It may work for some people though and it may work for you. It's not possible to know unless you try it. Some people use in conjunction with a different type of anti-depressant, anti-psychotic, etc. just for the sleep benefit if that is an issue for them. Hope this helps.

Sapphire

ZZzzzzssss 24 Feb 2017

In short not well for depression. Some for sleep, espececially elderly. However, insomnia only should warrant drug therapy after failure of COBT-I as per the American academy of sleep medicine and a 2016 review by the American ACademy of physicians practice guidelines

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