What Happens When you Mix Trazodone and Alcohol?

Coffee and donuts, milk and cookies, water and lemon. Some things go great together, but two things that don’t are drugs and alcohol. Trazodone is just one of the many substances that are mixed with alcohol, but this is a very dangerous and even fatal combination. Unfortunately, though, mixing drugs and alcohol is quite common, landing thousands of people in emergency rooms and rehab centers every year. It has even resulted in death for some people.

Perhaps you’re reading this as a trazodone user who mixes this substance with alcohol, but you’re not fully aware of the dangers of this combination. Or, perhaps you have a friend or relative who’s struggling with trazodone and alcohol abuse. Whichever category you fall in, you’re in the right place. Treatment and recovery are available to treat a variety of substance abuse cases, including concurring abuse cases, such as trazodone and alcohol.

What Is Trazodone?

Trazodone is a commonly prescribed medication that’s used to treat depression in both adults and teens, due to its ability to alter chemicals in the brain. It can also be prescribed to treat anxiety disorder, unipolar depression and insomnia. As a serotonin antagonist and reuptake inhibitor, it blocks the activity of serotonin receptors and prevents neurons from reabsorbing this compound. This results in an increase in the amount of serotonin in the brain, which then eliminates feelings of depression.

Just as with any other drug, trazodone can be abused and lead to various negative side effects to the brain and body. This is why it’s so important to take this medication only if you have a prescription. Trazodone is typically prescribed in either immediate-release tablets or in extended-release tablets. Regardless of what your prescription is for it’s important to always take trazodone ONLY as it’s prescribed.

It’s also important to inform your doctor about any pre-existing health conditions that may be complicated as a result of trazodone use. These include liver or kidney disease, a recent heart attack, seizures and heart disease.

mixing Trazodone and alcohol

What are the Side Effects of Trazodone and Alcohol?

Both alcohol abuse and trazodone abuse can result in both minor and major side effects, some of which are long-term and irreversible. These include:

Trazodone Abuse Side Effects

  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Accelerated heart rate
  • Confusion
  • Numbness
  • Muscle pain
  • Sweating
  • Digestive issues
  • Chest pain
Alcohol Abuse Side Effects

  • Impaired judgement
  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • Vomiting
  • Memory loss
  • Impaired fine muscle coordination
  • High blood pressure
  • Cirrhosis
  • Shortened attention span
  • Unconsciousness
  • Stroke

There are also various other side effects that are the results of the physical side effects of abuse. These include financial problems, work problems, alienation from loved ones and other relational problems.

Dangers of Mixing Trazodone and Alcohol

Whether it’s a depressant, a stimulant or any other type of substance, it’s typically not recommended to mix a drug with alcohol. This applies to trazodone as well. It’s important to keep in mind that even if you’re well aware of the effects of trazodone and alcohol as individual substances, mixing these two substances together could have varying effects for each person. Some of the dangers of mixing trazodone and alcohol are listed below.

  • Alcohol can increase dizziness, difficulty concentrating, sleepiness and other related side effects of trazodone.
  • Some users who have mixed trazodone with alcohol claimed that the combination impaired their thinking and judgment.
  • Mixing an antidepressant with a depressant can result in unpredictable, dangerous results in different users.
  • Of course, one of the worst possible side effects of mixing trazodone and alcohol is death.

Treatment for Trazodone and Alcohol

Are you reading this as someone who’s been abusing trazodone? Are you struggling with alcohol addiction or abuse? Or, are you struggling with BOTH of these substances at the same time? If so, help is available. Even if you’re seeking guidance to get someone else help for these substances, the intake coordinators assistance is available for that as well.

The Recovery Village offers more than half a dozen treatment centers in the country for trazodone abuse, alcohol abuse and various other substance abuse cases. Treatment programs are individualized to meet the unique needs of every user, so give us a call. One of our recovery professionals will be happy to guide you in getting the treatment you need, or help your loved one get the treatment they need.

Medical Disclaimer: The Recovery Village aims to improve the quality of life for people struggling with a substance use or mental health disorder with fact-based content about the nature of behavioral health conditions, treatment options and their related outcomes. We publish material that is researched, cited, edited and reviewed by licensed medical professionals. The information we provide is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It should not be used in place of the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider.

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