proteus Posted June 28, 2009 Share Posted June 28, 2009 I find trazodone enormously helpful for sleep, but I always wake up with an erection when I take it. I don't know how long these erections are lasting, but I think for several hours. I generally take 7.5 mg when I turn in, then 7.5 mg about 5 hours later, which puts me under for another two hours. I don't have an erection when I go to sleep, only when I wake up. Ejaculation just prior to sleep doesn't seem to have any effect. It's not exactly a priapism, because as soon as I rise, the erection subsides, but it's cause for serious concern. I have been taking trazodone for about six months, and over the last month or so, a steady ache deep in my penis has developed. It seems to be worst when I awaken, after the erection subsides, and get gentler throughout the day. This ache seems to have been getting worse over the last few weeks, and I am worried about the long-term effects. When I first started taking trazodone, I would get an erection from it even prior to sleeping. I found spreading it out over two doses helped this. I am going to experiment with spreading it out further, say to four doses of 3.25 mg a night. I am looking for other suggestions for managing this problem. Unfortunately, the medical solutions for persistent erection all seem to be very crude and surgical. I am surprised there are no chemical approaches to the problem. Just based on Murphy's Law, I am quite surprised that there are no otherwise harmless drugs out there which happen to have the unfortunate side-effect of temporarily causing impotence. Suggestions for alternative sleep aids are also welcome. But I quickly develop a tolerance for antihistamines and benzos, and lunesta gives me horrible nightmares which cause me great anxiety throughout the day. I also asked about this anonymously over on metafilter, which is how I found this site. I am not the same person as metafilter's proteus, although I took the same username over here. (Didn't think about that potential problem until I'd already signed up.) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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