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
- 26 July 2019
- sleep disorders, trazodone, sleep, doctor, sleep disorder
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.
My husband takes 100mg trazadone and only gets about 4~5 hours of sleep. Since trazadone is actually an antidepressant that is prescribed off label have you tried or considered the approved sleep aids such as Lunesta, Rozerem, Sonata, Ambien, etc.?
Depending on depression etc or just for a sleeping aide. I take 50mgs and can sleep 7 hrs with getting up for the bathroom in the night once. You can wake up easily if you need to with an alarm.
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.
I take 150mg of trazodone and four hours later I'm still awake.I usually take 2mg lorazepam then.then I sleep maybe 6 hours.My doctor wants me to add amitriptyline 25mg but I'm kind of afraid to.
I use 100mg Trazodone at night, one hour before bedtime and I sleep a full 7-8 hours, I can get up to use the bathroom if I have to and I can fall back asleep without any problems, I started with Ambien 5mg/10mg (I don’t remember the milligram of the ambien) however that stuff made me feel very tired during the day, it’s also a very dangerous medicine to use if you’re using other medications as well, my PCP said that trazodone would be a better alternative for me. I just felt like a zombie with Ambien, it’s effects are long lasting and it’s just overall not a safe medication.
So I have been using Trazodone for a year now, a little over a year actually. And it’s been a big help for me, I’ve always had problems staying asleep and falling asleep. But trazodone worked well for me.
I’m curious how long you were off of Paxil. Was it 2 1/2 months after you got off Paxil that you got off everything and we’re trying St Johns?
I’m asking because I got off Zoloft this summer and for the first time felt depressed as well. I couldn’t sleep and had to get back on it and my sleep just never recovered so I’ve been taking trazodone. Honestly I’m not sure how well it’s working. I’ll get a solid 4-5 hrs sleep with deep deep sleep but wake up and find it hard to fall back asleep. Also, my sleep patterns have been like you said yours were- wake up around 2/3 and can’t go back to bed until 5/6 if ever.
Just wondering if you solved your sleep after Paxil.
I just started on 50-100 mg of Trazodone for help with sleep. It has been WONDERFUL. I can easily get 6-8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. One potential unintended side effect (for men) is that it can cause erections, or (in extreme cases) a very painful and dangerous condition known as Priapism which requires an immediate trip to the ER.
I had taken it previously many years ago and tolerated it well, which is why my doc suggested it. I also take 300 mg of Wellbutrin during the day. So far it's only been about a week on this combo, but I seem to be doing well overall. We'll see what the next few months bring.
A warning about Trazodone. I have never experienced so many side effects whilst taking it and withdrawing from it!
I was on Trazodone for over a year because I was suffering from chronic Insomnia and panic attacks. I liked it for the first couple of weeks because it did help me get to sleep for up to 4 hours, however, you have to take it so early otherwise you feel so tired the next morning and the effects can last into the day. The doctor kept increasing my dose because the sedative effect at night was not working as well as time went on. The only good thing about them was that they did reduce my panic attacks. After increasing them to 200mg and then to 250mg I was struggling to do any activity without getting out of breath, I only had to hoover and I would get dizzy and short of breath. It was a sacrifice I made for a few more months so I could sleep at night on the high dose for a few months.
I had enough after a while of constantly being short of breath and feeling really tired if I didn't take the medication really early, that I asked if I could come off them. It just so happens that I had recently changed doctors surgeries and when I asked the new surgery if I could start reducing them, they couldn't understand why I had been put on them in the first place as 2 different doctors from that same surgery said they NEVER prescribe Trazodone to their patients because of all of the effects that have been reported. The new doctors wanted me to come off them so quickly so that I could start a new medication for my anxiety that I have gone from 250mg to nothing within 3 weeks and that's when things got a whole lot worse.
I've always had Insomnia and the most sleep I can ever get in one night is 3-4 hours with a regular night of no sleep at all but I could deal with that. Since I have been withdrawing from Trazodone I have been going for up to 3 days at a time with NO SLEEP at all quite often. As I am writing this I have actually had no sleep for 3 days again and I have lost my job now because of it. The panic attacks have gotten worse than they used to be in the last couple of weeks and the Insomnia is even worse.
Please never let any doctor put you on this medication or at least don't come off of it so quickly. I have actually been on other medication for anxiety in the past and I never had any of these effects whilst on it or coming off of it. I only came off of the other one Sertraline because it wasn't the best for sleep but at least it didn't cause me all of these problems.
All the best guys, and maybe it works better for others that it did for me but for 2 doctors to say they don't prescribe it is a warning to me.
- Trazodone Information for Consumers
- Trazodone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Trazodone (detailed)
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