What is trazodone?
Trazodone is an FDA-approved medication that can be used to relieve the symptoms of insomnia, a common sleep disorder that makes it difficult to sleep, stay asleep, or get good quality sleep. It is in a class of medications called SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). Trazodone is available by prescription only.
What is trazodone used for?
Although typically used to treat major depressive disorder (MDD), trazodone is also commonly used as an off-label treatment for insomnia.
What does trazodone do?
Trazodone increases serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is a chemical that helps regulate sleep and mood. Increasing serotonin levels can therefore help you feel relaxed, tired, and sleepy.
How long does trazodone last?
The effects of trazodone can last from 3-6 hours. It is fast-acting, and its sedative effects set in within 30 minutes of ingestion.
How long does trazodone stay in your system?
In healthy adults, trazodone will be out of your system in approximately one to three days. The dose and frequency of the medication taken, will affect how long the medication stays in your body.
Who should avoid taking trazodone
Trazodone should not be taken by individuals that are allergic to trazodone or any other ingredients in this medication or individuals with a history of QT prolongation or cardiac arrhythmias. It is also not recommended for individuals taking sildenafil or any other SSRIs or MAOIs. It is important to speak with your doctor about all medications you are taking to avoid dangerous interactions.
Does trazodone cause weight gain?
Trazodone, like many antidepressants, has the potential to cause weight gain. Researchers do not yet fully understand why this occurs, but they believe that the medication affects both appetite and metabolism.