Trazodone Hydrochloride

Where is Trazodone Hydrochloride used?

Trazodone Hydrochloride is a prescription used for the treatment of depression accompanied by anxiety. This medication may help improve your appetite, mood, and energy. This may as well lessen anxiety and insomnia that are related to depression.

This drug is usually only prescribed by specialists when other antidepressants haven’t worked. This has a sedative effect that can make it useful for treating depression in people who also suffer from anxiety.

Trazodone Hydrochloride is a type of drug called an antidepressant. This may increase serotonin activity in your brain. It is a chemical in your brain that can help stabilize your mood. This product is supplied as tablets for oral use. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved this medication.

How does Trazodone Hydrochloride work?

Trazodone Hydrochloride enhances the activity of the neurotransmitters noradrenaline and serotonin in the brain. Neurotransmitters are a natural body chemical that acts as chemical messengers between the nerve cells. Noradrenaline and serotonin are neurotransmitters known to be involved in regulating moods, emotions, and behavior. In anxiety and depression, less noradrenaline and serotonin than normal are released from nerve cells in the brain.

This drug stops the serotonin that has been released from being reabsorbed back into the nerve cells in the brain. It may also mimic the mood-lightening effect of released serotonin. A very small degree of noradrenaline release from nerve cells in the brain also enhances. This helps enhance and prolong the effect of any released noradrenaline and serotonin. Over time, this helps to lighten the mood and relieve depression and anxiety.

Trazodone Hydrochloride won’t change your personality or make you feel instantly happy and relaxed. It works overtime to correct the chemical changes in your brain that have made you depressed or anxious. This will also help you get back the feeling of your old self.

How is Trazodone Hydrochloride taken?

Trazodone Hydrochloride is to be taken by mouth usually once or twice a day. It is after a meal or snack or as directed by your doctor. Take it at bedtime if drowsiness is a problem and you are taking 1 dose daily. If you are taking 2 doses each day, it may help to take 1 of the doses at bedtime. Swallow the tablet as a whole with a full glass of water. Follow very carefully the directions of your doctor. It is important to continue taking this medication as prescribed even if you feel well.

What are the possible side effects of Trazodone Hydrochloride?

Common side effects:

  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Constipation
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Light-headedness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Blurred vision
  • Confusion
  • Rash
  • Sweating
  • Dry mouth or eyes

If you have any of these serious side effects, stop taking the drug and call your doctor right away:

  • A severe rash or hives
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Worsening depression
  • Panic attack
  • Fainting
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Unusual bruising or bleeding
  • Swelling of the lips, face, or tongue

What are the precautions in taking Trazodone Hydrochloride?

  • Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are allergic to it. This drug may contain an inactive ingredient that causes an allergic reaction.
  • This should need a lower dose or extra monitoring for those with a history of psychotic illness or with kidney or liver disease.
  • This is not prescribed for use in children and adolescents less than 18 years of age.
  • This drug is also not recommended for use in people who have recently had a heart attack.
  • This is not prescribed for breastfeeding women. Consult your doctor first.
  • If you drink alcohol, talk to your doctor about whether alcohol use is safe for you while you take this drug.
  • Consult your doctor first if you are taking sleeping tablets.