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upbeat
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   Posted 5/19/2010 9:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I tried to start trazodone two nights ago to help me sleep. My prescription says 50 - 100mg at bedtime. Of course the 1st night I started at half that - 25mgs - is it just me or do we all do this?
 
The first night I barely slept the first few hours and had nightmares that I felt like I was awake - it was weird. I decided last night that I would try the 50mg and see if maybe that would put me out better. Horrible - still felt awake, but not, the first few hours and then I woke up at 4:30 nauseous, dizzy and had a headache.
 
I had heard good things about this medicine. Has anyone gone on this medication maybe more slowly and had good results?
 
Thanks for listening!
Fibro dx 2004, RLS, raynauds
Ultracet, Robaxin, Neurontin, Lidoderm patch, Vit D, CoQ10, Mag


SassyMyKitty
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   Posted 5/19/2010 9:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been taking Trazodone on and off for years now. I am now up to 150mg a night, and I love this medicine. I have never had the side-effects that you are mentioning. Trazodone does sometimes give me weird dreams, but I have an overactive imagination in any case. I love this medicine and often mention it to people who need help sleeping. I would give it a few more nights on the 50 and see how it goes. Sometimes, at the beginning, there can be side-effects. If you are still not sleeping in a few more nights, but the side-effects have lessened, then go up to the 100. Good luck to you.
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. Dr. Seuss
 


GSDgirl
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   Posted 5/19/2010 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I took Trazadone and could take up to 150 mgs.  I never start anything in a small way so I startde with 50 mgs and quickly went to 100mgs.  I can remember vivid dreams but other than that it was wonderful for me.
Denise from Pittsburgh, Pa
 ***diagnosis: high blood pressure, gastritis, fibromyalgia, hepatitis (SVR),  disc problems in neck, depression, anxiety & stress
 ***meds: metroplol 25mg, zoloft 150mg, gabapentin 300mg 3x a day zocor , (soma, fioronal, tramadol, as needed).
 ***other supps: calcium, vit D 2,000-4,000 per, milk thistle, vit C &E, acidopholos (sp?),  
CO-Q 10,  flax or fish oil, ginsing, magnesium, B complex,
 


upbeat
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   Posted 5/19/2010 10:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you both so much. I had heard really good things about the medicine, so I don't want to give up yet! I was thinking of going back down to 25mg and adding back my zanaflex for a few nights and then going back to 50mg. It is 1 pm and I still haven't completely gotten rid of the headache and blah feeling!
 
Thanks!
Fibro dx 2004, RLS, raynauds
Ultracet, Robaxin, Neurontin, Lidoderm patch, Vit D, CoQ10, Mag


GSDgirl
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   Posted 5/19/2010 10:37 AM (GMT -7)   
One of the reasons that I liked the trazadone was because it did not give me that hangover groggy feeling in the morning.  Wonder if the headache and blah feeling is not related?  Good Luck with it, it helped me a lot when I needed it
Denise from Pittsburgh, Pa
 ***diagnosis: high blood pressure, gastritis, fibromyalgia, hepatitis (SVR),  disc problems in neck, depression, anxiety & stress
 ***meds: metroplol 25mg, zoloft 150mg, gabapentin 300mg 3x a day zocor , (soma, fioronal, tramadol, as needed).
 ***other supps: calcium, vit D 2,000-4,000 per, milk thistle, vit C &E, acidopholos (sp?),  
CO-Q 10,  flax or fish oil, ginsing, magnesium, B complex,
 


Ann in Memphis
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   Posted 5/19/2010 12:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Trazadone is the best for sleep for me. Ambien and lunesta did not work.

fibro dx 2003 depression, anxiety, degnerative disk disease, age 52, drugs zoloft, flexeril, morphine, wellbutrin, gabapentin (1200 mg per day - miracle drug), klonopin, vit D

upbeat
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   Posted 5/19/2010 12:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you GSDgirl and ann. From what I had read it didn't seem to have the side effects of a lot of other meds. I am going to stick it out and see if it improves or maybe it isn't even from the med like gsd said.

Did you all gain any weight taking this?
Fibro dx 2004, RLS, raynauds
Ultracet, Robaxin, Neurontin, Lidoderm patch, Vit D, CoQ10, Mag


steppingstone
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   Posted 5/19/2010 1:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I began taking Trazodone this past November for interrupted sleep. The doctor started me on 50 mg, and this is still my doseage. This medication has helped me a great deal. I am able to go to sleep right away, and my sleep is no longer broken up during the night. Although I usually have problems adjusting to most medications, I have had no difficulty at all with this one. Many of these type of medications leave me feeling washed out and hung over the next morning (which I really don't need), but I have not had this problem with trazodone-even at the beginning. I don't think that I have even had any change in my dreams like what some of the other people have mentioned. I noticed a difference in my energy level right away, and I seldom wake up during the night. If I were you, I would wait for awhile to see if you can adjust. Good luck!

Alcie
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   Posted 5/19/2010 1:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Trazodone 25 mg helped me sleep, but it gave me restless legs and pain in my legs. I stopped it after just a few days.
Alcie
 
 


confused Okie
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   Posted 5/19/2010 2:23 PM (GMT -7)   
It helped me sleep, but I was groggy and worthless the next day. I guess it affects each of us different. I stayed on it for 3 weeks hoping it was just a adjustment period, but it never got any better and I had to be able to function. Make sure you check with your dr about adding the zanaflex back if he took you off. I used to trust that my dr and phamacist knew what coould and couldn't be combined until I was given a med that I should not have taken with another one I was on, so check for yourself also. I use I-guard, but there are many sites that you can put all your meds in and get any contradictions.
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SassyMyKitty
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   Posted 5/19/2010 7:56 PM (GMT -7)   
All medications affect people differently. I love Trazodone. As long as I am able to get at least 6 hours of sleep a night, I don't feel groggy the next morning. It usually kicks in for me within a half hour. An hour at the most. Ambien worked for me as well, but I had weird hallucinations that apparently aren't a good thing to have, so I was taken off of it. But, I am happy with the Traz. I would keep going with it for a while longer. Let us know how it goes.
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. Dr. Seuss
 


upbeat
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   Posted 5/20/2010 6:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I talked to my pharmacist yesterday and she said I could take the zanaflex too - it is a really low dose. So, I took 12.5mg of trazodone with food and 2mg of zanaflex - and I slept for 7 hours without waking up!! I feel better today, but I am still a little nauseous so maybe it is something else causing the upset stomach.

Anyway, thank you all for the help! I am going to slowly inch my way up with the trazodone and hopefully will be able to tolerate it.

Hope everyone has a good day!


Fibro dx 2004, RLS, raynauds
Ultracet, Robaxin, Neurontin, Lidoderm patch, Vit D, CoQ10, Mag

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