What is Trazodone?
Trazodone is a prescription medication approved by the FDA as an antidepressant.
It belongs to a group of drugs called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI). This antidepressant eases symptoms of moderate to severe depression as it affects chemicals in the brain that are unbalanced. If you think you are experiencing depression, speak to one of our PlushCare doctors who can provide you with a treatment by booking an appointment online.
How Does Trazodone Work?
Trazodone works by increasing the levels of serotonin or dopamine within the brain. By increasing the unbalanced levels of serotonin in the brain, trazodone acts by restoring the chemical and contributes to feeling relaxed.
When trazodone is in your system it can also work by blocking chemicals in the brain to interact with serotonin and other neurotransmitters such as alpha1 adrenergic receptors and H1 histamine receptors.
Trazodone Dosage and Treatment
Trazodone tablets come in multiple doses:
When used as sleep aid, a typical does it 25 to 50 mg and can be increased to 100 mg if necessary. Studies have shown that trazodone has utility even in lower doses.
Always follow your prescribing doctors instructions when taking trazodone. Never change your dose or discontinue use without talking to your doctor first.
What is Trazodone Used For?
Trazodone is used to treat major depressive disorder. It may help improve your mood, appetite, energy level and overall quality of life. Doctors also commonly prescribe trazodone for the treatment of anxiety and insomnia.