Trazodone Withdrawal and Detox
Trazodone is a prescription drug that primarily treats depression. The drug — which is sold under various brand names, including Oleptro, Desyrel and Trialodine — blocks 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, improving a person’s mood and regulating sadness. Like other types of serotonin inhibitors, trazodone can be used to treat anxiety and insomnia along with depression.
Since depression is a common mental illness, trazodone is often prescribed to patients suffering from this disease. Relying on trazodone can result in a physical and psychological dependence on the drug, which can become dangerous. Addiction to trazodone is not uncommon for people who have been prescribed the drug to treat depression. Additionally, people often take the drug without a doctor’s prescription as a form of self-medication.
The Recovery Village can help anyone who suffers from trazodone addiction or dependence. Since reliance on this drug is often connected to a mental illness, treatment for co-occurring disorders may be required. The Recovery Village has expert medical staff with the knowledge and resources to help patients formulate separate rehabilitation plans for substance use disorders and mental illnesses. The first step, though, is undergoing withdrawal and detoxification for trazodone.
These are not all of the physical symptoms, as some people may experience additional ones depending on the severity of their addiction. If someone who is dependent on trazodone is seeking a list of all potential symptoms, they should contact a medical facility and undergo an assessment.
Since trazodone is prescribed to treat certain mental illnesses, there are adverse effects that can happen due to abruptly stopping dosage. People who suffer from depression and take trazodone to treat this disease may feel severe depression during withdrawal. The same is for anxiety, insomnia or odd mood changes, which are some additional psychological withdrawal symptoms of trazodone dependence.
- How long a person has been taking trazodone
- Dosage amount prior to starting withdrawal
- Individual characteristics
Another factor includes the method of detoxification. Some people elect the “cold turkey” approach, which could result in more severe withdrawal symptoms but possibly requires a shorter amount of time. The tapering off approach usually involves less severe withdrawal symptoms but a timeline that is stretched out over a few days or weeks.
Tapering off from trazodone involves slowly lowering the dosage to minimize the effects of withdrawal symptoms. This is the safer detoxification approach because it prevents severe withdrawal from trazodone and involves doctors and nurses monitoring the situation while offering the patient support.
Some people choose a cold turkey approach at home, often without any doctors or nurses monitoring the situation. This strategy is more dangerous because it involves embracing withdrawal symptoms at their highest severity without any medications to alleviate discomfort. The Recovery Village does not recommend using this strategy because it often leads to recurring use of trazodone or injury during withdrawal, including attempted suicide.
Once someone contacts a rehab facility, an assessment will be done to determine the level of care necessary to help the client. This will allow the medical staff to plan out the next steps and intricate details of the detox process.
Once the patient is in the medical facility, they will be under the guidance of professionals who are knowledgeable of how to remove trazodone from the system. The detoxification process could take as little as a few days or as long as a few weeks.
Since each person is different, each detoxification process for trazodone often will be different. There is no one-size-fits-all way to properly remove the substance from a person’s system. One person might be fine doing a cold-turkey approach, needing very few substitute medications or just a small amount of tapering off. The next person might have a severe dependence for trazodone and require more medications and a long tapering schedule.
At one of The Recovery Village’s facilities, people can receive the medical treatment and attention necessary to pursue a healthier life. The first step is finding a trazodone detox center and safely removing the substance from the body, no matter how long the process takes. There are detox facilities in each state that can offer the 24-hour medical attention needed to safely tackle this major first step in the rehab process.
If you or a loved one is looking for a path to an addiction-free life, call The Recovery Village and speak to one of the knowledgeable representatives. They can map out a plan and find a detox center conveniently located to you and then follow up as you progress toward a successful recovery.
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