Trazodone Addiction & Abuse
Trazodone Withdrawal & Detox
Trazodone is a prescription medication used primarily as an antidepressant. It is classified as a serotonin antagonist and reuptake inhibitor. The drug works by blocking the activity of serotonin receptors in the brain and prevents serotonin from being reabsorbed by neurons. This effectively increases the amount of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate various neurological effects, particularly mood.
Like other types of serotonin reuptake inhibitor trazodone is primarily prescribed as an antidepressant, although it is sometimes used for its effectiveness in treating anxiety (anxiolytic) and insomnia (hypnotic).
Trazodone is also sold under various brand names, such as Oleptro and Desyrel.
Certain side effects can present themselves when taking trazodone. Commonly reported side effects:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Digestive issues
- Dry mouth
- Sexual dysfunction
- Confusion or memory issues
- Muscle pain
- Numbness or tingling
Severe side effects that should be reported immediately to a medical professional include:
- Chest pain
- Fainting, unconsciousness or coma
- Shortness of breath
- Increased or irregular heartbeat
- Bruising or bleeding
Type and severity of side effect symptoms will vary by individual. Factors affecting side effects can include:
- Overall health and physiology
- Dosage of medication taken
- Length of drug use
- Consumption of other substances while taking trazodone
As with most medication, there is the potential for abuse or dependence with antidepressants. Risks of antidepressants become more complex and dangerous when they are taken in tandem with alcohol or certain other drugs. Mixing of these substances can increase side effect severity, elevate existing health risks, and create potentially life-threatening new ones. For those struggling with co-occurring disorders, these dangers to physical and mental health can be increasingly difficult to overcome alone.
Because trazodone affects the biochemistry of the brain, it should never be consumed outside of its prescribed use by a doctor. Be sure to inform your doctor of all drugs you are taking, prescribed or otherwise.
When taken in excess or outside prescription direction, trazodone can have dangerous health risks, such as:
- Accelerated or irregular heartbeat
- Breathing difficulty
- (For males) painful, continuous erection
Because trazodone can be abused, many people ask “Can trazodone get you high?” While trazodone is not a common drug of abuse, there have been reports of individuals using the drug recreationally, but this is not common. Trazodone will not produce a euphoric high like more commonly abused drugs, but it can have sedative effects and produce other types of cognitive impairment.
Because medications like trazodone work by acting on brain chemistry, an abrupt stop to use of the medication can cause side effects. While considered distinct from drug withdrawal, the symptoms associated with antidepressant discontinuation are nonetheless real and should be done under medical supervision. A doctor will typically work with you to taper medication dosage over time in order safely transition off the drug and minimize any side effects experienced.
Getting Treatment: Trazodone Detox
If you are struggling with trazodone, or have concerns about trazodone use with other substances, our medical team can help. Our caring staff will work with you to find a healthy way forward. Contact us to find out how to get started.