Trazodone for insomnia?

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   Posted 11/15/2006 7:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Since I've been taking Zoloft, my insomnia got even worse.
I lay in my bed for hrs before I fall asleep. I wake up couple times throughout the night.
Yesterday, I just felt so tired and worried about my daily function. I finally talked to my doctor. He didn't want to increase the dose for zoloft since I've been having leg cramps in sleep.
Instead, he prescribed me Trazodone. He said it is antidepressant that causes drowsiness. (50mg at bed time when needed)
I did some research and found many negative comments on this medication.
I was wondering if anyone had experience with Trazodone. Does it really help you fall asleep and stay in deep sleep?

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   Posted 11/16/2006 9:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Puppy
I have been on same med for a couple of yrs and for me it is GREAT
It stops the "stinking thinking " I get where brain dont wanna shut off and lets me have a full uninteruppted nights sleep
Non narcotic and non addictive I like my sleep and if I dont take it I will lay there thingking bout everything if worried ( most times I am )
I have no problems with this med no hangover effect nothing
Hope it works as well for you
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   Posted 11/16/2006 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Puppylove,

I have been on trazadone for 2 years and it has been the only thing that will help me get a full nights sleep. I had tried a lot of sleep meds in the past and this is the only thing that worked for me.

If you read the previous post by Lyn I had the exact same problems that she had every time it was bedtime. Trazadone is the only thing that worked for me. I use to take 100 mg and now I am down to 50 mg with a 1mg of xanax as a topper.

Go for it and get a good nights sleep.


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   Posted 11/16/2006 4:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I love Trazadone!!!  I take 200mg right before bedtime.  I go to sleep right away and usually sleep a full night.  I've been taking this for a couple of years now, but I don't HAVE to take it, i.e. no craving issues.  If I'm really tired I can fall asleep without it, but I usually end up waking up early or not fully rested.  I haven't encountered any side effects from it, and I don't think it a very high addiction rate like other sleep inducing drugs advertised on TV.  I recommend giving it a try.  It has really helped me.
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   Posted 11/16/2006 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been on Trazadone for about 6 months and have done great. It made me want to do nothing but sleep at first but once it got into my system I leveled out. I havent had kind of side affects from it as long and I take it about an hour or two befor bed time and get in bed early so I have time to sleep it off. Good luck with your new meds hun.
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   Posted 11/17/2006 1:05 AM (GMT -6)   
trazodone isnt a very good antidepressant so I expect you are still on the zoloft, I would take the zoloft on waking
glad the trazodone sedates you it doesnt sedate everyone but it a good sleeping pill with few overdose or tollerance problems
sadly it isnt available here as I have cronic insomnia and would like to try it
melatonin is worth trying for insomnia but sadly it didnt do anything for me
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   Posted 11/17/2006 5:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Harry I wish it were available to you
it has done the world of good for me
obviosly I am not the only one
Take care
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