I wanted to get some idea how many hours does trazadone make you sleep. I am considering bringing trazadone up for discussion with my doctor.
Trazodone - How many hours do you sleep on trazadone?
- 17 Aug 2017 by cant_sleep01
- 18 April 2018
- sleep disorders, trazodone, sleep, doctor, sleep disorder
Added 17 Aug 2017:
I would be curious to know if you get restful sleep using it. There might be some depression involved in my case as well, can't be sure. A PCP gave me paxil 15 years ago to help with sleep saying that I might be depressed or anxious. It did help me sleep but towards the later years it had gotten strange. I would wake up at 2 am and then feel sleepy around 5-6am. If I didn't take that sleep it would leave me with tremendous headache all day.
I tapered off of it, tried 5 htp, tryptophan, etc, nothing helped. I slept a few hours every night using St Jon's wort. After coming off of Paxil it was the first time I truly got depressed. Then a nurse practitioner started me on Mirtazapine 15-30 mg. It would knock me out for 10 hours and it would not a restful sleep.
I have stopped everything for the last 2-1/2 months and I am sleeping a few hours every 3-4 days. I do not feel depressed. But it might be lurking in there somewhere I can't be sure. I am just unable to function because of lack of sleep. I've been looking around and there are two things I want to bring up next - trazodone and doxepin.
I went through years of sleeping 3-4 hours every 3 days despite Ambien.
Do NOT continue this way. You needthe restorative powers of sleep to be healthy.
I now take Trazadone 100mg plus Ambien 10 mg. I probably get 6 hours now but it's quality sleep.
Remeron (which you mentioned) and Seroquel were disasters !
There are a few drugs that actually help deepen sleep, that is put the brain in the deeper sleep stages. I believe Gabapentin is one and it does help me sleep and I have little to no nightmares on it which is important to me. I only take 100mg but it is enough to help with sleep for me. I also have Fibromyalgia. Another one that is listed in my Fibro Manual book as helpful to induce deep sleep is Baclofen. I do still have trouble getting to sleep though, that's another story! Some nights I take Ambien but I never take it for more than 4 nights in a row as to lessen tolerance. I have resorted to NyQuil some nights too. Good luck, you're right- good sleep is crucial.
I have used many different sleep products. I quit trazadone as it left me with a sleep hangover. It would last until noon and made it hard to focus.
As for the specific sleep mefs I am one of those that it makrs me do strangr stuff while I am still asleep. Walking, talking, rating, sitting by the wall. My son used to love it and would ask qurstions.
Trazadone is something I take when I have that feeling that I'm just not going to fall asleep easily (sometimes you just KNOW, LOL). It's difficult to tell you how long it will make you sleep as everyone reacts to it differently. When I take it an hour before I want to go to sleep, I end up sleeping about 7-10 hours.
Trazadone can give some people that hangover effect the next morning, some won't.
Some men can get a priapism (usually at higher doses) as a side effect
If you take it daily for any amount of time, you can have serious and/or annoying withdrawal side effects so it's recommended to only take as needed or to taper the dose down VERY slowly (10% per month!). Depending on your therapeutic dose of 50-300 mg, it can take 6-24 months or more to taper off as recommended.
There are other medicines that are safer for sleep so it may be worth it to try something other than trazadone. Remember trazadone is an old type of antidepressant so it also can interact with other meds.
I take trazodone 25 mg to help me sleep and it works like a charm. I take it a half hour before bed, and normally it takes me a half hour to fall asleep. Used to take me 1.5+ hours, and I couldn't stay asleep for the life of me. Now I sleep through the night, even with the crazy amount of stress in my life. *just started college, and I inherited the lifelong insomnia from both my parents :/* Trazodone is an antidepressant, but in small doses doesn't have much effect on the mental state. *i was adamant that I wanted to stay Me, not be a shell like some antidepressants make you* I can take it up to 4.5 hours before I have to be up *haven't wanted to risk any less than that* and I wake up as easily as I can with the alarm *I'm a morning monster lol* Of course talk to your doctor, but I say trazodone is a great way to go.
Side note, If you ever get allergic skin reactions that stop you from sleeping ask the allergist/doctor about hydroxyzine. It's an antihisthamine that completely knocks you out. Needs to be taken at least 8.5 hrs before you need to wake up though. You've probably already tried this, but in case you haven't, melatonin is a naturally occurring substance in the body that affects sleep. They sell supplement tablets at those weird health stores. I would try that before any medications, because its naturally occurring. Sometimes a lack of it can cause sleep issues. Worked for me for a while. Best of luck with the sleep issues. Feel free to reach out with any more sleep questions, I might not have all the answers but I have quite a few
Because of a medication I am on, I am unable to take sleep aids including Benadryl. I suffered from chronic insomnia, so my pharmacist suggested magnesium. It took about 2 weeks to build in my system and now I sleep great. That was more than 5 years ago and it still works. Research the different salts it is compounded in and which ones are most effective for sleep. I am also way under the limit and it works. You will also find in your research that insomnia is a sign of low magnesium levels. Also, stay away from sweets as much as possible, especially at night, because I have read it also depletes your magnesium.
- Trazodone Information for Consumers
- Trazodone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Trazodone (detailed)
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