I've been taking this medication for the past 3ish years, started at 50mg and now I take 100mg, I too, feel like I am apart of the walking dead the next day, but as soon as I take the medication at night time, I feel like there is a monster inside of me that needs to be fed. I get STARVING, even if I eat dinner a couple of hours beforehand. I tried asking my doctor about it, he told me that I just need to eat broccoli or some greens before bed... Just curious if anyone else has the same issue
Trazodone - Does this medication make anyone extremely hungry?
Question posted by bekahdavies on 25 Oct 2015
Last updated on 9 January 2023 (4 weeks ago) by Jayparks
Yes! And what an absolute win for me. I literally went to the doctor because of depression and anxiety causing me to lose my appetite. I lost so much weight, I’m 5’6” and 100lbs. I went down to 94 before gaining 20 and then losing it all again. Just started taking it but I am almost in tears at how good it feels to want to eat.
I am so glad I found this, I have been on Trazodone for 4 years and I get extremely ravenous munchies about 30-40 minutes after I take it. My doctor says she has never heard of this and I thought maybe it was my Klonopin, but when I take that earlier by itself I never get the munchies. I have been weaning off the past few weeks. From 3x150mg at bedtime to, well, yesterday I took 150mg for the first time. And it seems like now that I'm reducing, I have the munchies in the daytime too. It's so weird, I had my gallbladder out almost 2 months ago and I lost 28 pounds in about a month. Now I'm just gaining it back. So frustrating. I hope this side effect will go away. Sounds like it will have to be out of my system for it to go away though, since people on low doses here seem to have the same hunger problem.
This medication does in fact make me very hungry when I take it for sleep. I had to start stocking snacks and easy to make meals for it, but since I’ve long struggles with metabolic issues that make it very difficult to gain weight, it had actually been helpful for me.
I thought I was going crazy. I had to google. I take 50MG at night every night for almost 3 years. When I tell you this is happening within 5 minutes of me taking the pill I am not exaggerating.
Weight changes with trazodone can go either way... it's like a toss of the coin... and goes to show how differently people can respond to this type of medication:
Common (1% to 10% of users): Weight gain, weight loss
Frequency not reported: Anorexia, increased appetite"
Been taking trazodone for over 20 years, my chief complaint to my doctor was how hungry it made me every time I took it. I have gained so much weight from late night eating that I'm now seeing a nutritionist for the excess weight. Went off trazodone cold turkey and it was the best thing I've ever done for myself. Started losing the weight and now take my gaba with 10mg of melatonin at night for sleep. I don't sleep all through the night anymore but still feel more restful than I did while taking trazodone. No longer eat at night b-4 bedtime and don't wake up feeling drugged or groggy.
Yes! I can’t tell you the hunger and eating this medication causes me nightly about 30 minutes after taking it! I am on 150mg for sleep, and The piles of food next to my bed in the morning are insane and it’s a nightly problem! After years of being on this, I am finally starting a new medication for sleep tomorrow! But the hunger is crazy on this medicine.
DON’T FEED THE GREMLIN AFTER MIDNIGHT.
I am like a raging binge eater within 30 minutes of taking trazodone at night.
I have also always had a low appetite and I never had weight problems before. When I started gaining weight, I tried to stop the night time eating, but NO WAY. SOME MONSTER TOOK OVER AND I CAN’T STOP EATING TILL I AM FULL. I assumed that being in my fifties was the problem. My thyroid has been checked, and the med I take for it is now balanced. I started taking trazodone at night for PTSD 4 years ago. I have gained nearly 30 lbs which makes my depression worse and makes me want to isolate even more. My doctor said this medicine has “no affect” on weight or appetite. I was amazed when I found this site. I know I am not alone. I am going to taper off and try something else. Thanks so much for sharing your stories.
I knew that having a raging appetite and needing to fill full before I can sleep was wrong. I just hadn’t figured out what was causing it. I am so glad to hear I am not alone, that this side affect is real. Thanks so much for sharing!
As with most, if not all, antidepressants there is the potential for metabolic changes that can affect weight and appetite:
Common (1% to 10% of users): Weight gain, weight loss
Frequency not reported: Anorexia, hyponatremia, increased appetite"
I make sure I take Trazodone right as I'm crawling into bed because it makes me feel ravenous! And even then, I'll sometimes opt to get up and eat rather than laying awake b/c of hunger
Oh god yes. I took it for years, and besides me also feeling zombified the next morning, I also would feel like I was starving to death within an hour of taking it. It was incredibly effective for me though. I'm currently searching to see if Buspar has a similar hunger effect, and ran across this question.
I have been taking this medication for about 5 years. One of the biggest downsides of Trazodone is about 30 minutes after taking no matter how full my stomach is I still go into a feeding frenzy much the same as a shark I suppose. I wish I could find a way to suppress my appetite back to a normal human and not some kind of wild beast.
I don’t take trazodone, but I’m on Seroquel and it gives you the same drive to eat. I be waking out my bed just to eat
No but Mirtazapine does!!!
I’ve been taking this med (50mg) for about 6 months and had noticed this bad habit I’m forming. I’ve gained about 15 but I figured it was part of the quarantine 15. I never eat candy but at night it seems like I crave sugar. Usually I can eat whatever and not gain much weight but at night like tennisroyale said, I become a snack seeking missile, wild animal lol. I love that I’m finally getting good sleep. For that I am greatly appreciative of this med. I’ll try the water trick and shutting off all electronics so I don’t fight the sleep. Going to try to run more to fight the weight gain effect and maybe only limit myself to healthy munchie snacks like almonds . . . or air lol.
- Trazodone uses and safety info
- Trazodone information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side effects of Trazodone (detailed)
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