It takes upwards of a week of continuous medication to start working with maximum benefit reached within the first couple weeks for depression. Not sure that it is going to help anxiety on an as needed basis. There are other meds that are better for taking on an as needed basis such as Seroquell or a benzodiazepine.
Yes and no. From personal experience, I have OCD and have been taking Trazodone for 5 years. It was originally prescribed for sleep, but I've noticed that it works as an anti anxiety for me as well. When I am taking it regularly, I do not have panic attacks, and whenever I stop taking it, even for short periods of time, I have more anxiety and sometimes I will have panic attacks or extreme episodes of anxiety. However, it is very important to keep in mind that different drugs work differently for each person, and if you want to try to use it for anxiety, I would seek professional help first to see if it's right for you.
- Trazodone Information for Consumers
- Trazodone Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Trazodone (detailed)
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