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    Trazodone: Common sleep drug is little-known antidepressant

    What are the top prescribed drugs for insomnia—Ambien?Lunesta? Yes, but there's another: a three-decade-old generic antidepressant called trazodone, which causes drowsiness as a potentially useful side effect. A recent U.S. study in the journal Sleep found it to be one of most commonly used medications to treat sleeplessness.


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    All I know is that it's an SARI, a serotonin antagonist and reuptake inhibitor. Though not an SSRI, that would worry me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoastWatcher View Post
    All I know is that it's an SARI, a serotonin antagonist and reuptake inhibitor. Though not an SSRI, that would worry me.
    Anything used to promote sleep is messing with brain chemistry and should be used with a good deal of caution.

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    It made me tired and weird

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vince View Post
    What are the top prescribed drugs for insomnia—Ambien?Lunesta? Yes, but there's another: a three-decade-old generic antidepressant called trazodone, which causes drowsiness as a potentially useful side effect. A recent U.S. study in the journal Sleep found it to be one of most commonly used medications to treat sleeplessness.
    Actually, trazadone is the first sleep aid that most psychiatrists will prescribe. It is powerful, but no psychotropic med is to be taken cavalierly. Too many primary care doctors are prescribing psychiatric meds, and trazadone is one of them. A good doctor is going to take the time to explain all this, and this should not be the first option. From a safety standpoint, melatonin is a safer bet, followed by diphenhydramine aka benedryl. Even these can cause issue the next day.

    A solid evening routine which may include a hot shower or bath and meditation is far better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Man View Post
    Actually, trazadone is the first sleep aid that most psychiatrists will prescribe. It is powerful, but no psychotropic med is to be taken cavalierly. Too many primary care doctors are prescribing psychiatric meds, and trazadone is one of them. A good doctor is going to take the time to explain all this, and this should not be the first option. From a safety standpoint, melatonin is a safer bet, followed by diphenhydramine aka benedryl. Even these can cause issue the next day.

    A solid evening routine which may include a hot shower or bath and meditation is far better.
    Now that I'm older, I find it's harder to get a good night sleep. Sleep is one of the most important thing I find to help perform good a work. On my off days, I can spend more time in bed, get all of my exercises in and feel great. As we know today, they expect a lot from you, the 40 hour week is a thing from the past.
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    I recently stopped taking trazodone. I had been taking it for several years for insomnia. I originally started taking 50mg/night and eventually ended up taking 150mg/night to get a good complete night's sleep. It works well for insomnia. Take the pill and 20min later I was out.

    My t was low when I started it. I had zero libido, Ed, etc. Trazodone was prescribed to me as possibly being helpful to my low t issues by improving my sleep. Simultaneously, I worked my way through all types of low t treatment until I switched to defy and they got all my labs in the right range. The problem was, I still had no libido. No sexual desire at all. My t was at 1200 and I had zero libido.

    After too long, I finally put 2 and 2 together. Trazodone was basically numbing my penis. I stopped taking the trazodone and almost immediately my libido came back and Ed went away. I feel better than I have in years, except for not sleeping well. I'm not 100 pct perfect, but trazodone was definitely ****ing with my libido.

    Trazodone seems like such a simple drug. You take it, and you sleep better. Easy peasy. What you don't realize is that it is messing with your brain. You feel like if you don't need it, you can just skip it. It seems like it is just like taking an aspirin. But the reality is that this stuff is addicting to the point where you have major withdrawal symptoms if you do stop taking it.


    I went for nearly 2 weeks without being able to really sleep at all after stopping it. Even now, over a month after stopping, I don't feel fully over the withdrawal. Google trazodone withdrawal for more info.

    Trazodone is a much more serious drug than I ever thought.

    I'm sure it doesn't work the same for everybody, but be cautious on this one. It really messed with me. I will never start taking it again unless I expect to stay on it permanently.

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    Joej85, thanks for your reply. I did receive my Trazodone 50 mg but haven't took it in yet. It does scare me because now I'm reading about all the side effects. I've been experimenting with melatonin and finding out from other members that low dose seem to work better. I think I'll stick with the melatonin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vince View Post
    What are the top prescribed drugs for insomnia—Ambien?Lunesta? Yes, but there's another: a three-decade-old generic antidepressant called trazodone, which causes drowsiness as a potentially useful side effect. A recent U.S. study in the journal Sleep found it to be one of most commonly used medications to treat sleeplessness.
    Try it some time

    Sleep yes

    Wake up feeling like chit and like you drank all night, yes. If I'm going to feel like crap the next day, I'll at least have fun the night before.

    It sucks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vince View Post
    Joej85, thanks for your reply. I did receive my Trazodone 50 mg but haven't took it in yet. It does scare me because now I'm reading about all the side effects. I've been experimenting with melatonin and finding out from other members that low dose seem to work better. I think I'll stick with the melatonin.
    In terms of the "natural" stuff, metalonin, magnesium, and tryptophan a fairly effective, safe (of not in fact good for you) combo to try. If I take too high a dose of melatonin I feel out of it the next day, but nothing as awful as trazodone.

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    It made me tired and weird
    Likewise.. On call for 13 years with the railroad i made my way through every sleep aid known. Liked klonopin the best by far but can only be taken for short time. Career change and i sleep like a baby now with no meds, love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will Brink View Post
    In terms of the "natural" stuff, metalonin, magnesium, and tryptophan a fairly effective, safe (of not in fact good for you) combo to try. If I take too high a dose of melatonin I feel out of it the next day, but nothing as awful as trazodone.
    I take Magnesium Glycinate about 6pm, i dont have insomnia but i do think it helps with sleep.

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    tried traz. small dose. was concerned about priapism, a possible s/e. sure enough, it gave me a weird kind of erection that was annoying and not sexual. too funky. anyway, i wasn't sure how long the erection lasted, as it happened mostly during sleep--and i didn't want any damage. so i stopped. too risky for me. Magnesium Glycinate, as mentioned, has helped me, too.

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    Vince, I have taken traz 50mg. For 10yrs. Doc prescribed it for being tired but my brain keeps running. I like it, no side effects, and I sleep sound. I feel fine in the AM and I get up at 330am. Sometimes I dont take it on weekends and I dont sleep sound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will Brink View Post
    Try it some time

    Sleep yes

    Wake up feeling like chit and like you drank all night, yes. If I'm going to feel like crap the next day, I'll at least have fun the night before.

    It sucks
    LOL, it's been a long time since I've been hungover. I guess I need to try it for the memories.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Will Brink View Post
    In terms of the "natural" stuff, metalonin, magnesium, and tryptophan a fairly effective, safe (of not in fact good for you) combo to try. If I take too high a dose of melatonin I feel out of it the next day, but nothing as awful as trazodone.
    I've been having pretty good success with low-dose melatonin. Last night I tried 1 mg, I slept okay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by warrior1 View Post
    Vince, I have taken traz 50mg. For 10yrs. Doc prescribed it for being tired but my brain keeps running. I like it, no side effects, and I sleep sound. I feel fine in the AM and I get up at 330am. Sometimes I dont take it on weekends and I dont sleep sound.
    My primary told me her patients had good success with trazadone 50 mg to 150 mg. Sounds like it affects everyone differently.
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    I've been on ambien 10mg nightly for over 6 years and it has messed me up. I'm dropping 2.5mg every 2 months. So far I get to sleep just fine on 7.5mg

    I've experienced a lot of issues over the past few years, dry eyes over night, dry mouth, restless sleep, garbage eating just before bed time. I have not been able to take a nap in about 5 years because when you give yourself a drug that mimics what your brain does, the brain stops producing the correct signals and relies on the drug. So I'm not obviously taking it during the day for a nap, and therefore I haven't napped.

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    Antihistamines cause ed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lynn View Post
    Antihistamines cause ed.
    Isn't that for treating allergies.
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    Yes they were created for that originally but over the years they are being used for anxiety as well as commonly used for sleep. They do cause ed. Alot of people are unaware of the fact that they are in cold medicines and allergy medicines. They wonder why they have ed.

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    Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) is in almost anything.. zzzquil, tylenol pm, cough and cold meds, etc. While I can't find erectile dysfunction listed in the pharmacopeia as a side effect, I can tell you from person experience that it does delay ejaculation. Maybe not a bad thing for 20 year olds looking to last a little longer, but for middle aged men and beyond, that is a problem, on top of urinary retention which is a big one for men with prostate issues.

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    Look it up under webmd, medline plus and several other sites state it does cause ed. Found this out the soft way.

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    On traz for 6 years. Don't like it, but it works. REM 8.0 works great...

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    I have been using 50mg of trazodone nightly along with 1mg of melatonin. I sleep okay with zero side effects, still great libido and great sex.
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    I have long life insomnia due to anxiety issues , got worse on trt .
    Have tried almost everything from supplements to benzos , quetiapine , zolpidem, trazodone.
    Trazodone is a godbless for me , and i use it for 5 years , low dose 50-25mg works great along with low dose melatonin ( 1 mg) + magnesium glicinate 400 mg + agmatine 500mg . I wake rested and active after 6 hours of good sleep. Only drawback is vivid dreams but its always not nightmares , and i actually enjoy it , itīs kind fun ( oddly recently the dreams got frequently more sexual , i think itīs due to nandrolone since before deca this didnīt happens).
    Only in overseas plane travels i prefer to get really knocked out with benzos . ( estazolam or midazolam)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vicente Doctorvpc View Post
    I have long life insomnia due to anxiety issues , got worse on trt .
    Have tried almost everything from supplements to benzos , quetiapine , zolpidem, trazodone.
    Trazodone is a godbless for me , and i use it for 5 years , low dose 50-25mg works great along with low dose melatonin ( 1 mg) + magnesium glicinate 400 mg + agmatine 500mg . I wake rested and active after 6 hours of good sleep. Only drawback is vivid dreams but its always not nightmares , and i actually enjoy it , itīs kind fun ( oddly recently the dreams got frequently more sexual , i think itīs due to nandrolone since before deca this didnīt happens).
    Only in overseas plane travels i prefer to get really knocked out with benzos . ( estazolam or midazolam)
    My primary doctor said she has great success with prescribing Trazodone 50 to 150mg to her patients for sleep. It's nice to know that some of our members are also having success with it.
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