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   Posted 4/22/2009 10:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been taking Trazodone 25 mg at bed time for a week now. It is the only thing I have been prescribed. Wondering what others experiences are with it.
I had been able to return to work for the last week, but the pain is so intense today that I called again to say I would not be there. Tylenol does not seem to help at all. Alleive and Advill would take the edge off if I took two to three times the OTC amounts, but the Trazodone info says not to take it with NSAIDs.
I have a call in to the Reum Doc, but doubt he will change anything till after my appointment on the 30th.
So just wondering what others have seen with Trazodone.

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   Posted 4/22/2009 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   



I have been on Trazadone for some time. I take it only at night because it is meant to help regulate your sleep. It will not help with the pain. I know some doctors think that lack of proper sleep contributes to FM but started to sleep well does not reverse the effects of FM.

Read the Fibro 101 section of the forum and consider the Malic Acid / Magnesium supplement. I have found some relief through this without the adverse effects of pain killers.

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   Posted 4/22/2009 4:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I take trazodone with NSAIDS. In fact I have taken both for several years with my doctor's prescriptions. Sleep helps me feel better. My dosage is much higher than yours.


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   Posted 4/22/2009 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   
HI, back in February my doc put me on trazodone 50mg to help me sleep. It only helps me sleep when I take over the counter sleep medication. I have been on ambien but didn't like the side affects. I take vicodin and skelton to help with the pain. It takes the edge off the pain. Hope you feel better.

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   Posted 4/23/2009 1:16 AM (GMT -7)   

Trazodone is an anti-depressent used to treat depression. It may also be used for relief of an anxiety disorder or sleeplessness, tension, chronic pain or to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

I just have to tell you Trazodone DOES NOT do anything for pain of any kind.



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   Posted 4/23/2009 3:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I saww a pdoc once who said, in response to my saying; "Ï have Fibromyalgia", as he put his cowboy boots up on the desk and leaned back in his big chair; "convince me". Then he answered his cell phone and booked a tee time at his golf club. He then said, "what you need is Trazadone". The next time his cell rang, I bolted. So, that's all I know personally. I do know my friend  who has since passed away, had been taking trazadone for sleep and at that time it seemed to be working well for sleep. For pain she took morphine. She had ALS.

Hypothyroidism, Fibromyalgia, Facet Joint Syndrome, High Blood Pressure, menopause, Migraines, Chest Pain, Anxiety and Depression/BiPolar II
Synthyroid .075mg., estradiol.5 mgs., Amyltriptilene, 100mgs, bedtime, Tylenol 3 PRN (six-eight, daily), Valium 7.5mgs. daily prn. Flexeril, prn (not so helpful), Zoloft,150mgs., Zomig approx. 12 per month, prn., Meds for High Blood Pressure, vary.

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   Posted 4/23/2009 7:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Trazadone is for sleep rumey started me with 100 mg said I would probably end up taking 300 . It didn't put me to sleep but in begining helped me stay a sleep all night , said he was giving it to me because pain was waking me up 5 times a night , so that's what he might mean for pain . I think they start everyone on it and tramadol . They did work for me combined for about a year I felt good . But now I am on vicodin and steroids for lupus and alot more meds for the lupus , but what I found worked for me for fibro was an antidepressent ,and trazadone is a mild one , and of course tramadol for pain . But everybody is so different , and with these illness's we all seem to be very sensitive to meds , hope I helped , having brain fog , can't spell very well today , and fingers are going numb from typing , Hope u fell beter

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   Posted 4/23/2009 8:34 AM (GMT -7)   

I have been on trazodone for a few months now. I take it at night with Flexeril. It does absolutely nothing for me pain wise. It doesn't even make me tired, and I take two 50 mg pills plus two 10 mg Flexeril at night.

The only functionality I have found with it is that it works for me as an anti-depressant.

You may want to speak with your doctor about tramadol. It's what I take for my daytime pain, and worked for me for several months (it seems to not work as well now that I have been on it so long. definitely use it sparingly) ... although I too know how you feel, my rheumy appt is on the 27th, and I have been waiting since the beginning of March for new meds, which my primary doctor wouldn't prescribe without his permission!

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   Posted 4/24/2009 1:29 PM (GMT -7)   
By it's chemical make-up, trazodone is classified as an anti-depressant, however, some of it's side effects are beneficial, such as the sleep aid and in some people it helps with nerve pain. I'm on 100mg at bedtime, but it's alternated with Despiramine 50mg every two months. The trazodone doesn't do much for me, I take it with Nyquil and Melatonin 300 mcg but neither are needed with despiramine.

I've had tramadol in the past and it worked well for me, and when I see my dr I'm going to ask for it again. My husband takes it as well, 4 compound fractures in his left leg from 68 tons of pipe being dropped on it, as well as an NSAID called Diclofenac, which works like Celebrex but better the hubby says.
FM, costocontritis, wide spread arthritis, fibriod tumors, 2 heart attacks at 22

Flexeril 30mg, Celexa 50mg, Despiramine 50mg, Ibuprofen 800mg Acetometaphen 500mg, Calming Sleep herbal suppliment, ActivOn topical pain relief, occassional cannibus

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