He has been having some aggressive behavior recently. Does this seem appropriate?
Trazadone is a anti-depressant but has sleepiness as a side effect. People are often prescribed it as a sleep medication. This is just a opinion but they may be using it as a form of chemical restraint. There are a lot of other meds out there that can be given for aggressive behavior. Do they have documented cases of this behavior. I would talk with the Director of the nursing home and discuss what you feel is going on.
I've seen risperadol used more often then trazedone for aggresive behavior. Trazedone can build sedation in the elderly, so if he starts it, I would make it a point to check on him every day. Increased sedation can lead to dehydration and malnutrition. Yes they are chemical restraints, but I'd find it preferable to him breaking a hip or hurting someone else.
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