Trazodone was developed in the 1960s as an anti-depressant medication. It is used to treat depression and anxiety, and in treatment centers, it is prescribed for alcohol dependence and insomnia. Drugs such as Trazodone affect the chemical balance in the brain and fall under a class of medications known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). Depression and other mental disorders are caused by low serotonin levels, a neurotransmitter that regulates emotions. Trazodone blocks the brain’s neurons from using too much serotonin, which leaves the person feeling more stable and happier. Addiction treatment professionals have come to rely on Trazadone as the mainstay for reversing insomnia instead of other addictive sleeping medications.
How Is Trazadone Prescribed?
Trazodone goes by the brand names Desyrel, Dividose, and Oleptro. It comes in the strengths of 25 mg, 50 mg, 100 mg, 150 mg, and 300 mg tablets. An individual’s response to the medication determines how much Trazadone they require. Most people start with 50 mg and increase if needed. The use of Trazodone is generally safe, and it is effective in treating depression and insomnia. Despite that, it is still a substance that carries the risks of misuse, dependence, and addiction. Trazodone is addictive, and anyone taking it should only use it when instructed to do so by their health care provider.
What Is Trazadone Addiction?
Since it is a sedative, Trazodone provides a calming and relaxing effect, sometimes leading to abuse and dependency. Many people also become physically dependent on Trazadone and cannot fall asleep without it. Trazadone addiction will resemble other addictive behaviors, but Trazadone is most often abused with other drugs and alcohol. Signs of abuse or addiction to Trazadone include:
- Falsifying symptoms to get more prescriptions for Trazadone
- Buying Trazadone illegally
- Taking more Trazadone than prescribed
- Drinking alcohol with Trazadone
- Experiencing anxiety or depression when they run out of Trazadone
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms
- Diagnosed with Serotonin Syndrome
What is Serotonin Syndrome?
The Mayo Clinic describes serotonin syndrome, which can occur when someone abuses Trazadone since it is an SSRI:
Excessive accumulation of serotonin in the body creates the symptoms of serotonin syndrome. Typically, brain and spinal cord nerve cells produce serotonin that helps regulate attention, behavior, and body temperature. Other nerve cells in the body, primarily in the intestines, also produce serotonin. Although it’s possible that taking just one drug that increases serotonin levels can cause serotonin syndrome in some people, this condition occurs most often when people combine certain medications. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) can potentially cause serotonin syndrome. (MAYO)
Recognizing Trazadone Withdrawal Symptoms
Anyone who is physically dependent on Trazadone or is abusing it will have a tolerance to the effects and need more and more to experience the ‘high’ or sleepy results. Most prescribing doctors will reduce Trazadone slowly to avoid the onset of withdrawal symptoms that include insomnia, agitation, muscle spasms and pain, headaches, confusion, mood swings, anxiety, depression, dizziness, stomach pain, sweating, and fatigue. If you or a loved one is experiencing Trazadone withdrawals, it is time to get professional help at Evoke Wellness in Massachusetts. We provide same-day admission to the following Trazadone treatment programs:
- Trazadone Detox / Acute Treatment Services
- Intensive Inpatient
- Clinical Stabilization Services
- Dual Diagnosis
- Behavioral Therapy
- Individual Counseling
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