Trazodone Overdose Amount, Symptoms & Treatment
Trazodone is a generic prescription drug that’s approved to treat depression but also has many off-label uses as well. Some of the reasons a doctor might prescribe trazodone include to help with insomnia, fibromyalgia, diabetic nerve pain, and panic and anxiety disorders.
There are quite a few reasons doctors prefer trazodone over other antidepressants and sleep aids. First, as compared to other antidepressants, trazodone tends to work well when others don’t. For example, trazodone may be effective in patients who didn’t get results from SSRIs. As compared to other sleep aids, trazodone tends to be less expensive and have fewer potential side effects.
Trazadone is classified as a serotonin antagonist and reuptake inhibitor (SARI), and it’s believed to work by preventing the reuptake of serotonin, which is a brain neurotransmitter. It doesn’t have many of the side effects of tricyclic antidepressants either.
So is a trazodone overdose possible, and if so, how much trazodone to overdose?
- Trazodone depresses the activity of the central nervous system, so if someone takes too much of this drug they may start to feel extremely drowsy, or they could even slip into a coma. Other symptoms related to the CNS include dizziness, coordination problems, and headaches.
- Cardiovascular symptoms are also possible with trazodone overdoses, and more specifically cardiac arrhythmias can occur. Symptoms of this can include fainting and decreases in blood pressure.
- Trazodone overdose symptoms can include shortness of breath and decreased respiration.
- In some cases, something called priapism can occur with trazodone overdose, as well as occurring as a general symptom of this drug. This refers to a scenario where there is a prolonged erection.
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