What is trazodone

26 November 2012 | Trazodone

What is trazodone?

Trazodone is used to treat depression. It may also be used for relief of anxiety disorders (eg, sleeplessness, tension) and chronic pain.

 

Important information about trazodone

Before taking trazodone, tell your doctor if you have bipolar disorder (manic depression),heart disease or “Long QT syndrome,” liver or kidney disease, a history of drug abuse or suicidal thoughts, or if you have recently had a heart attack.

You may have thoughts about suicide when you first start taking trazodone, especially if you are younger than 24 years old. Your doctor will need to check you at regular visits for at least the first 12 weeks of treatment.

Call your doctor at once if you have any new or worsening symptoms such as: mood or behavior changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, or if you feel impulsive, irritable, agitated, hostile, aggressive, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically), more depressed, or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself.

Do not drink alcohol. Trazodone can increase the effects of alcohol, which could be dangerous. Trazodone may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert. Stop taking trazodone and call your doctor at once if you have a penis erection that is painful or lasts 6 hours or longer. This is a medical emergency and could lead to a serious condition that must be corrected with surgery.

 


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