Trazodone
DESCRIPTION

Trazodone is a drug used to treat depression and to improve mood. This drug is also known as Desyrel in the medical field.

How it works

Mental illnesses such as depression are presumed to be caused due to chemical imbalances in the brain. Trazodone works by changing this imbalance among neurotransmitters in the brain. It is specifically useful in fixing serotonin imbalances.

Uses

Trazodone not only treats depression, but it also improves mood, appetite and energy levels. It is known to reduce anxiety as well. Moreover, this drug can be used to treat insomnia that occurs due to depression.

Dosage

This medication is taken by mouth, usually once or twice a day. You can take this drug after consuming a meal or even a snack. Some individuals who consume the medication once a day can experience drowsiness. In this case, it is best to take the drug before bedtime. It is important for you to follow the instructions provided by your physician at all times.

Your physician might begin the treatment with a low dosage in order to reduce the risk of possible side effects. In this case, make sure to follow the prescription carefully. You must take this medication exactly according to the prescription. Do not increase the dosage or take the drug for longer than necessary. This can lead to undesirable consequences. If you are making any changes to the prescription, consult your physician first.

It is important for you to continue the treatment even when you feel normal. Do not stop taking the medication abruptly under any circumstances. Doing so can lead to anxiety, insomnia and agitation. It can take 2-4 weeks for this drug to work. If your condition worsens during this period, immediately inform your healthcare provider.

Side effects

The following are some common side effects that you might experience while consuming Trazodone.

Nausea
Vomiting
Diarrhea
Drowsiness
Tiredness
Changes in the vision
Muscle ache
Dry mouth
Bad taste in mouth
Stuffy nose
Constipation

Usually these side effects last for a day or two. However, if they seem to persist or get worse, you should inform a doctor.

Precautions

The following precautionary methods must be strictly followed during the course of the treatment.

The active ingredients in this medication can cause allergies. Inform your physician if you experience any allergies to Trazodone.
Inform your physician about your medical history, especially if you suffered from heart, kidney or liver disease in the past.
This drug can cause dizziness, drowsiness and blurred vision. Therefore, it is best to avoid driving, operation of machinery and any other activity that requires you to be alert.
Be careful when you give the drug to older adults since they are more sensitive towards certain side effects such as drowsiness.

Self-care

If you are planning to become pregnant or if you are already pregnant, speak to a physician before you take this medication. It is important to discuss the risks and benefits of consuming Trazodone beforehand.

Since this medication can be passed on via breast milk, it is not entirely safe for you to nurse your infant. Discuss the matter with your healthcare provider to make the right decision.

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