Trazodone: for depression and anxiety
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What is Trazodone?
Trazodone is a type of antidepressant medication. It’s most commonly used as an antidepressant but it’s also used as a sleep-aid in some cases. It treats depression and anxiety by increasing the availability of serotonin in the brain.
How Talkspace psychiatry works
Complete a brief assessment
Answer a few questions and we’ll match you with an online prescriber who meets your needs
Schedule your initial session
Once matched, schedule your live video psychiatry session.
Begin your treatment
Your online psychiatry prescriber will personalize your treatment, which may include medication and follow-ups.
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With Talkspace Psychiatry, the first step toward getting help is to complete a brief assessment. Once you’re matched with a psychiatric clinician, you’ll have a live video session where you’ll share how you’ve been feeling. From there, they’ll prescribe a treatment plan — if that includes a prescription (such as Trazodone), you can get it from your local pharmacy.
Trazodone (brand names Desyrel, Desyrel Dividose, Oleptro, and Trazodone D) is taken in different forms, dosages, and frequencies, depending on your mental health condition and the treatment plan prescribed by your provider. Trazodone is prescribed in low doses, taken several times every day.
It’s important to take Trazodone and its generic form, Desyrel, Desyrel Dividose, Oleptro, and Trazodone D, exactly as prescribed by your clinician. Side effects of Trazodone are often mild, but can include nausea, dry mouth, dizziness, headache, constipation, trouble sleeping, changes in appetite or sex drive, and more. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience thoughts of suicide, worsening depression, or aggressive behavior.
Trazodone is an effective sleep aid that can help individuals fall asleep and stay asleep. When taken in low doses, trazodone won’t cause you to develop a tolerance or experience sleepiness throughout the day. Since trazodone is not classified as a controlled substance by the FDA, it isn’t considered to come with the risk of misuse and abuse. It can be highly effective at treating insomnia, and since it’s more affordable than other sleep aids, it is often the first choice for many struggling individuals.
Trazodone and Xanax are two different drugs belonging to different drug classifications. Trazodone is considered an antidepressant and Xanax is a benzodiazepine most often used to treat anxiety. While sometimes a doctor will prescribe trazodone off-label to treat anxiety, it is not predominantly an anxiety medication. There is an overlap in side effects between these two drugs, but they are distinct. Unlike trazodone, Xanax can be addictive.
Trazodone is an antidepressant that works to restore serotonin in the brain. It has been seen to improve mood, appetite, and energy levels while decreasing anxiety and insomnia as side effects of depression.
Trazodone works swiftly and its drowsiness effects can often be felt in only thirty minutes making it an option for a sleep-aid. However, you should only use Trazodone as a sleep-aid if prescribed specifically for that use by your doctor.
There are several different medications your psychiatrist may prescribe for depression or anxiety.
Other medications for anxiety include:
Other medications for depression include: