has anyone or does anyone take trazadone?

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   Posted 3/18/2009 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Has it helped any? My doctor prescribed only that for me. I have been on it for about three weeks now. The doctor said she was going to start me at a low dose. When my perscription was filled the bottle stated 150mg tablet at bedtime. Well after two days of not even being able to open my eyes if I needed to I knocked myself down to 50mg. (navy wife 4 kids husband in Cuba for a year cant be so drugged up when everyone is counting on only me.) Well I have gotten now up to 75mg and I really do not notice it making ANY difference other than making me sleep harder. Zero improvement in mood and or pain. Its hard to get a dr. appointment in the "system" and I was told they would not approve me for any other medications until it was proven that this one does not work. So I guess what I am wondering is should I keep bumping it up and wait it out to see if it makes any improvement or was this medication best left in the 80's?

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   Posted 3/18/2009 3:56 PM (GMT -7)   

I used to take it.. took it for about 3 yrs. (100 mgs)  but after a while it really wasn't helping.  After I got my "official dx" I was put on Elevil.  It takes a while to level out.  It didn't help much when it came to my depression issues.

Thank God for people like you.. Navy Wife... you're one of my heroes.. give yourself and your family a hug for me.  My Dad was WWII Navy Vet.

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Thank you again for sharing your husband with this grateful American.

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   Posted 3/18/2009 4:19 PM (GMT -7)   
i really thought it was left in the 80's. Personally I have no use for that med but it may work for you. It made me one giant zombie. Doc's don't seem to take our real lives into account when they prescribe this stuff. Good luck with it and if you find you can't take it. find a way to make your doc. listen to you. You are a hero for being a navy wife and mom. All mom's are hero's in my book anyway.

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   Posted 3/18/2009 6:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Trazadone works for me. Initially I felt wiped out but after a week iI was fine. However, it was not just prescribed for pain for me and, I take a much higher dose than you.


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   Posted 3/18/2009 6:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I took Trazodone for about 3 months along with phentermine in the AM. I felt better on it but had to take the phentermine in order to function and have energy. I was actually able to go to the gym on a regular basis and lose some weight until I started getting bad RLS and my doc took me off of both medications and started a series of meds that did nothing and cost a lot. Maybe you don't need to be on a "clinical" dosage of the Traz. My doc has finally realized that a baby dose is all I need of any drug. If you can get the dosage right and take something to give you a boost during the day you may notice a decrease in the exhaustion which I find tends to make it difficult for me to pinpoint what I'm feeling. As for the phentermine, my insurance doesn't cover it but it is only about $30 which is much less than my Lyrica copay is now. I hope this was helpful to you. I wish you a good day tomorrow...isn't that about all we can ask for these days?

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   Posted 3/18/2009 6:24 PM (GMT -7)   

So, we have more in common than the trazadone! My husband is in the Air Force and in Japan right now. my thoughts and prayers are with you.

I take 50mg of trazadone right before bed, with food (not a lot). I started out at 25mg and did that for about 4 or so months. The doctor told me that this is no where near the dosage that would work for someone that has depression (so this should not affect your mood, you would need something else for that). I am only taking this medicine to achieve a deeper level of sleep. From what I understand, once I acheive this deeper level of sleep, it will begin to heal the minor tears and injuries to the muscle tissues and other issues that occur daily. So, from my understanding, people with fibro that do not achieve that level of sleep are unable to repair the daily beating that occurs to our body...so this medicine helps to restore and heal the tissues because it helps us sleep.

I definitely think this has helped me. I pretty much swear by it. I know when I havent taken it and I have a hard time the whole day. W/O it, Yes, I sleep, but I do NOT have restful sleep by any means. Also, this is the only medicine that I take for fibro. I dont take any pain medicine or any other types of medicine. I have attempted cymbalta, but it made me so tired during the day, I couldn't do it. I am very sensitive to chemicals that go in my body.

Good Luck with it all. I think that when you get the dosage figured out, you will do better. But then again, some medicines don't work for everyone, but at least you know you've tried.

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   Posted 3/18/2009 6:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I remember my one doctor prescribed this for sleep or me but I didn't like it, I remember it being a pretty low dose but after a few weeks, it really didn't help much. He took me off of that and put me on Ambien CR and I've been on it ever since. I really like it because I suffer from insomnia and without anything, I'd be up all night. Ambien CR takes about 1.5 hrs before it kicks in and keeps me asleep all night. I'm in search of a better anti-depressant, I don't feel that Cymbolta is helping me at all for depression or pain.
I too take my hat off too you, a Navy wife..I have so much admiration for you!!! Hugs to you and you're family. I hope you get the medication straightened out.
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   Posted 3/19/2009 5:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I use the trazadone at night to help me sleep. I do not think it is intended to help with the pain. I am now splitting my pill to get a lower dose. This is working for me- still sleep soundly and am not groggy all day.

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   Posted 3/19/2009 6:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I was prescribed trazadone way back at the beginning of my dx when I first noticed I couldnt sleep because of pain and I was starting to feel depressed. My doctor said that if I slept better I could restore my serotonin levels during the night and "poof"...all would be restored! LOL Well, "poof" I moved onto other drugs and a formal dx about 4 years later.
I liked that trazadone worked within about 30min of taking it and it seemed less intense than what I am on now...but hard to say for sure. Stay on smaller doses as long as you can is my best advice. Do what the doctors ask of you as best as you can but make sure you record in a daily journal/ calendar what your symptoms are, new side affects after taking which dose and bring that in with you!!! Besides the fact that your memory will get foggy, the doctors will make you second guess your own memory of what was happening and most importantly the doctors will have an easier time taking you at your word if you have a copy of your side affects for the past month! How can they ignore that!?
Best of luck to you & your family,
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   Posted 3/19/2009 8:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for your responses. Dont feel my being a military wife affords me any praise though a real single mother with no significant other has to go above and beyond what I do. The thing of it is I have danced all my life and been sick all my life. In the last year my legs have become such a burden to me that I can not do much of anything. The main reason for me even seeking medical help was I feared P.A.D. or something along those lines that in the end could become life threatening. Before I was even handed down my diagnosis I had thoroughly researched everything. I have been very depressed as of late and depression runs in my family and I know I push through pain better when in a sunny state of mind. So I told the rhumetologist I had zero interest in any pain medicine and wanted to try something on the lines of cymbalta. Fibro patients may need deeper sleep and more sleep but my life can not afford that. In any event my requests were ignored I was prescribed trazadone and the military cure all of 800mg ibuprofen and told to pretty much have a nice life. I have M.S. in my family along with a host of autoimmune stuff my mother has r.a. I have severe arthritis in my lower spine. My mothers civillian doctors are baffled by the fact that they just compartmentalized me quickly and efficiently into fibro without any real consideration into anything else sure I had a host of blood tests but r.a. can come up negative in 3 out of 4 tests. My daughters grandmother is literally dying from lupus because for the last twenty years the military never looked deep enough into her conditions. They come up with the first best answer and than file you away. I read so much about it taking years for people to get a diagnosis it took me a month and that was only because of the long wait on appointments. Anyways I guess at this point I am just venting about the "system" would get better care if i was on state health insurance. I was just throwing a line out about this medication hoping it would work and I would not have to fight. Guess I will have to fight. Last thing I need is to sleep more I just need to feel like some resemblance of my former self. Thanks everyone hope you have a great day!
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