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#1 kellmate

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Posted 01 June 2009 - 10:32 PM

Anyone have any experience with it as a sleep aid? I'm nervous about it :/ They're also thinking it might be a boost to my mood as well, but I'm nervous about it making me crazy bc of my experience on zoloft. It's only going to be 25-100mgs... but still...
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#2 danceintherain

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Posted 02 June 2009 - 06:34 AM

I had a bad reaction to it the morning after I took it, but I know quite a few people who use it (from a day program I was in) and they all seem to feel positive benefits. I've heard that it helps quite a bit with sleep for them and that because it's an anti-depressant, it gave a bit of help in that area also.
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Past Rxs: zoloft (like a sugar pill); lexapro (hit an akathesia problem or something else nasty like that); seroquel; ambien; sonata (all worked at different points in time, just changed for different reasons); effexorXR (wonderful for helping to yank me out of an episode; stopped after a few years b/c it seemed to be causing some agitation).

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Posted 02 June 2009 - 10:59 AM

I didn't like it. But I've read many people who have had no problems with it.
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#4 Raquin

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Posted 04 June 2009 - 01:57 PM

Trazadone gives me REALLY bad headaches, but at one point the doc at the psych ward had me on 300mgs (for sleep! and I was only 17!), which is just ridiculous. I know people who take about 50mgs for sleep and they say it really helps them. The smallest dose I've ever taken was 100mg. I still had a headache from that.
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#5 recoverymouse

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Posted 04 June 2009 - 03:45 PM

It's prescribed quite a lot to folks who have substance abuse issues (since it's not abuse-able). I know a lot of people who swear by it, and a lot of others for whom it didn't work at all, or for whom it lost effectiveness over time.


#6 sorrel

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Posted 04 June 2009 - 04:22 PM

At the dose you'll be taking it's very unlikely to have an antidepressant effect (good or bad.) I have taken it for sleep and had no problems and it worked well (100mg.)




#7 kellmate

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Posted 04 June 2009 - 10:15 PM

Thanks forall the input guys. recovery and sorrel those were the exact things I was wondering about, ty ;)
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#8 Tenebrae

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 05:06 AM

i take 50mg at bedtime ... more and it is too sedating the next morning, less and i don't sleep.
it's been a godsend for me ... i have chronic insomnia issues, and nothing else seemed to help (tried the usual suspects, ambien, lunesta, etc.)

good luck!
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#9 kathleenp

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Posted 09 June 2009 - 08:52 PM

I took it with Zoloft about 10 years ago and put on 40 pounds really quickly. My new doc says that combination is known for doing that. At least I understood him to mean the combination and not just the Trazadone. It did make me sleep though. Just keep an eye on what it's doing to your appetite.

#10 anna23

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Posted 10 June 2009 - 01:39 AM

I've taken 50 mg. I think it helps a little, but not all that much. It doesn't guarantee that I'll fall asleep, and when I do fall asleep on it I still usually only sleep a few hours.

#11 dopamine

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 05:09 PM

Works pretty well for me as a sleep aid @ 50 mg taken ~ 10 minutes before bedtime. It seems to work amazingly fast, as I find that if I take more than 10 minutes before sleep, the trazodone simply induces it.

The "hangover effect" is significant, and I've found a viable alternative in diphenhydramine (50 mg liquid gels). With most sleep meds, however, there is a trade-off between sedation and next-day impairment.

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#12 hollywoodfreaks

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Posted 16 June 2009 - 10:53 PM

I have the weirdest relationship with this drug. This is the only sleeping aid that has worked for me but finding the dose I need to get enough sleep without getting a massive hangover is impossible because my response to this med changes over time. Sometimes I go through periods where 100mg doesn't work at all and other times where it knocks me out so hard that I have such a bad hangover that I can't function. (I guess the trazodone "hangover" could be described as feeling intensely sleepy or fatigued, having a headache, and unable to think straight or keep your attention on something for very long.) I'm really selling this, huh? Everyone reacts differently to different drugs, so I recommend that you try it. You probably don't need to worry about it messing with your BP because I think it takes at least 300mg to actually function as an antidepressant. And my mom is BP and has had no problems with Trazodone. Good luck!
dx: Major depression Current rx: Wellbutrin XL 300 mg, Cymbalta 60mg, Xanax XR .5mg. Just started Ritalin 5mg 2x daily, tapering off of 200mg Lamictal. For sleep: trazodone. Past rx: Lexapro, Zoloft, Cytomel.

#13 kellmate

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 05:42 PM

I used it for the first time last night. It knocked me out, but I had a headache this morning. Not a horrible one, but still. I'll try it one more time and we'll see.
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Past Rx: lithium... bad reaction with my stomach, lamictal

#14 quiet storm

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 06:32 PM

I used it for the first time last night. It knocked me out, but I had a headache this morning. Not a horrible one, but still. I'll try it one more time and we'll see.


Its common to have a hangover the first few days(I find seroquel is the same way) but it usually goes away. I was on 50mg for a long time and did fairly well on it. But like hollywood freaks said above I did have periods where I would get a hangover for some reason. It knocked me the hell out when I first started it but over time the hardcore knockout effect lessened and it just made me drowsy enough to drift off to sleep. I also believe there is a window with this drug. If I took it and didnt go to bed within an hour of taking it really didnt work.

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