Last Updated on by Dr. Ronaye Calvert-Conley
Like all medications, Trazodone can be helpful for certain conditions but can also be open to abuse. It may not be the first drug that comes to mind when you think of drug misuse, but a Trazodone High can be just as potent as any other.
What Is Trazodone?
Trazodone is a serotonin antagonist and a reuptake inhibitor primarily prescribed for Depression. Serotonin is one of the neurotransmitters in the brain that regulates your mood, and low levels of serotonin have been associated with depression and anxiety.
Trazodone is also prescribed as a sleep aid and it can be used for anxiety and insomnia. Oleptro and Desyrel are different names for Trazodone and work in the same manner.
Is Trazodone Addictive?
Like most prescription drugs, Trazodone is addictive. Although it is not euphoric, it has a calming effect that many people, particularly those with anxiety disorders, can crave.
Most people who become addicted to Trazodone have first received it by prescription.
If you’re taking Trazodone for sleep problems, you should avoid taking it with other drugs unless your doctor has specifically told you otherwise. Even taking a Trazodone 50mg tablet may bring on negative side effects when mixed with alcohol or other substances.
What Are the Most Common Side Effects?
Trazodone can have negative side effects, particularly if you’re taking a larger dose than prescribed. Here are some of the more common:
- Headaches and dizziness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Confusion and/or loss of memory
- Sexual dysfunction
- Digestive problems
- Sweating and dry mouth
- Numbness and tingling
- Muscle pain
But that’s not all.
Long-term misuse of Trazodone can lead to severe, and often permanent, side effects.
- Accelerated or irregular heartbeat
- Breathing problems
- Chest pain
- Loss of consciousness, coma or fainting
- Bruising and bleeding
The Food and Drug Administration has added a black box warning for Doctors prescribing and patients using Trazodone. This is the most serious alert that the FDA has and should be taken seriously.
Like many drugs that are used to treat depression there is a risk in some people of the drug increasing suicidal thoughts and tendencies. This risk is higher in young adults, teenagers and children. If you or anyone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, ideation, or attempts, consult a medical professional immediately.
Serotonin syndrome is a life-threatening condition that can occur with Trazodone abuse, particularly if you are new to taking the drug. Symptoms can include agitation, hallucinations, confusion, coordination problems, muscle spasms, high or low blood pressure, fever, vomiting and diarrhea.
If you’re taking Trazodone and are at high risk of developing glaucoma you should speak to your Doctor about alternative medications. Also, avoid taking Trazodone with blood thinners such as aspirin and ibuprofen as these reduce your body’s natural blood-clotting abilities.
Is Trazodone Safe if Used Appropriately?
If used appropriately, Trazodone can be an effective tool in treating depression, anxiety, and insomnia. However, it should only be taken at the prescribed dose, with food, and should not be taken with alcohol.
If you suspect a trazodone may be responsible for someone’s odd behavior or symptoms, you should seek medical help as soon as possible to avoid long-term repercussions.
Dr. Ronaye Calvert-Conley is the CEO and Founder of Revive Detox, a Joint Commission Accredited and Legit Script Certified Addiction Treatment Center in Los Angeles, CA. She earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University in Los Angeles in 2007 and has extensive experience working in the addiction and recovery field and the LGBT community. To learn more about Dr. Calvert-Conley click here.