Yes I have heard of Trazodone and have had many people take it. It is an old medication and widely used. It should help you sleep if this is why he has prescribed it?
Lorazepam (ativan) is a controlled substance and is addictive so I can see his apprehension in renewing a prescription.
I have not taken Trazodone but a friend of mine who has bipolar disorder has and it worked really well for him for sleep. I hope it works for you...... Good luck
I didn't mean to confuse you at all. Bipolar is manic depression and Trazodone is often given to people who have depression. I was just saying that my friend has BP and has taken it. So it is a completely appropriate medication to give. It is just when medications come out doctors find that they have a lot of cross benefits and Trazodones biggest one is sleep (sedation), so make sure you don't drive after taking it. You can always suggest a different antidepressant, but a lot of them don't have any added benefits to them if you are having problems at night. Keep us updated on how you are doing.......
There is some confusion regarding Trazodone here. First, you can take two SSRI's together if your doctor has prescribed it. Second, Trazodone according to the Nursing Drug Reference 2006 states that its action is to: Selectively inhibit serotonin, norepinephrine uptake by brain, potentates behavioral changes. Third, it is used according to the same reference for Depression and Chronic Pain