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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Trazadone
Trazadone and other medications [posted
Answer: Don't take anti-histamines(Benadryl, etc.), but Advil is ok. Tapering is usually not necessary, but some will experience psychological withdrawal not physical withdrawal.
Trazadone and headaches [posted
Doing Without Trazodone [posted
Answer: Some patients will experience sleep disorders on the SRI antidepressants, this could be the problem. You'll need to see how you do off the Paxil.
Is Trazodone Known to Cause Memory
Loss [posted 11/4/98]
Answer: Nothing obvious.
Trazodone for Sleeping [posted
Answer: Should, but, some experience drowsiness all day. You'll have to try and see how it works for you.
Trazodone [posted 10/1/98]
Answer: Trazodone (Desyrel) is an antidepressant which is in its own class of antidepressant activity. Xanax belongs to the class called benzodiazepines and is used to treat anxiety, stress reactions, etc. It is not an antidepressant, indeed, some patients will have worsening of depression on the drug. Trazodone works on the root chemical cause of the panic disorders, thought to center around serotonin in some manner and xanax is used to keep the symptoms under control. Very effective when used together for this problem. Xanax is potentially addictive, trazodone is not.
Trazodone [posted 8/13/98]
Question: My 10 year old daughter has been seeing a psychiatrist for educational problems. He recently started her on Ritalin extended release. She has been having a lot of difficulty falling asleep. She has had problems with this before, but it does seem worse now. He prescribed half a tablet of trazadone to help her sleep and try to get her back to a better sleep cycle. I can find little information on this, and would like to know possible side effects, as well as the possibility of her getting into a cycle where she would have to use the medicine to sleep. Is this too much for a 10 year old? She also takes asthma medications on and off, which contribute to the problem.
Answer: This is a common problem with Ritalin. Antihistamines are used with some effect and are not habit forming. Trazadone is not habit forming, but may produce day time somnolence. It is common with Ritalin to have to use a second drug to overcome some of its side effects. However, play with the dosage of Ritalin to see if you can achieve the needed concentration without the adverse side effects.
Trazodone and Hair Loss
Answer: Hair loss is not one of the usual side effects. Check for other causes with your doctor.
Zoloft and Trazadone
Answer:Zoloft is cleared from the body after about three days. Trazadone varies
more from individual to individual, but will usually be gone after three days. Trazadone
is more likely to be stored in fat, but in negligible quantities. Neither of these drugs
has a particular contraindication concerning pregnancy. However, no drug will say that it
is completely safe. I would not be concerned about conception with either of these drugs.
Each of these drugs affects the brain while one is taking the drug. That is their purpose.
However, once the drug is cleared, there is no residual effects.
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