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I used to take it at night and for a while I liked it. Some things to know:
--like all these antidepressants, it can be very hard to stop taking it
--I see you have chronic hives, be sure you aren't having a medication allergy when you start it because sometimes if you start one in the middle of an allergy you can have problems knowing if the new medicine is working right
--Short term on mild bipolar or people with severe thyroid problems seems to help but it can cause very bad hallucinations and psychosis, I was hospitalized for a reaction to trazadone. Many docs don't know it is not good for bipolar people and is hard on the liver, so you can get a nasty reaction to it if you become "allergic" to it. I probably had a mild form of encephalopathy due to my liver and very high thyroid antibodies, so I'm not sure it would be good to take if you had hashis encephalopathy.
--My mother still manages to take it although she has some problems, she doesn't equate them with the medication and has tried to stop it unsuccessfully. Getting off of it can cause some weird sort of psychotic stuff, more than the plain old anxiety.
All this being said, I liked it while I took it but had such a bad reaction to it that I'll never take it again. My psych in the hospital says they see a fair bit of people in there for trazadone reactions like I had. It's a little more dangerous than the others.
Another drug if you can't take trazadone is risperidol and I took that and liked it but they wouldn't let me stay on it, they said its only for bad spells, but I really liked it better than the trazadone.
I took one half Trazadone a few nights back and it did nothing as far as helping me get to sleep or stay asleep. Took it the next night and 2 1/2 hours later was still awake. Took it again Saturday night and woke up about 3 hours after taking it with nause and vomiting and diarrhea and racing heart. Needless to say, I have not taken it since. I talked to my doctor on Monday and she said those were enough major side effects that I shouldn't take it any more. I'm back to my Lunesta and getting about 5 hours of sleep taking it and then am wide away about 3am and stay awake after that. I found out that Trazadone is an anti-depressant and in the past when I have tried taking anti-depressants have had the same bad reactions.
Lynnwood, Co-Moderator: Lupus ForumSLE(’00), Sjogren's Syndrome, SAD, Depression, Herpes Simplex 1Piroxicam, Plaquenil, Cellcept, Prednisone, Trazodone, Fosamax, Wellbrutrin SR, ValtrexLinks: DIAGNOSING LUPUS(4of11), LUPUS INFORMATION, LUPUS RESOURCES, Donate to HealingWell, Drug Interactions