Trazodone Addiction and Abuse
What Is Trazodone?
Trazodone is an antidepressant medication that treats major depressive disorder, anxiety, and combinations of anxiety and depression. Trazodone is typically only prescribed when no other medications have been effective for a patient’s depression due to its risk of dependency.1
How Is Trazodone Different From Other "Sleeping Pill" Drugs?
Trazodone is not a narcotic nor a sleeping pill. Although one of trazodone’s most common side effects is drowsiness, it should not be used as a sleep aid—the FDA has not approved it as a medication for insomnia.2 Additionally, trazodone addiction is more likely to occur in people who misuse the medication as a sleep aid.
How Common Is Trazodone Addiction?
Signs of Trazodone Addiction
Here are common signs of trazodone addiction to consider and look out for:
- Secretive behavior
- Buying or stealing trazodone
- Faking symptoms to get trazodone
- Neglecting personal responsibilities
- Obtaining trazodone from a drug dealer
- Getting trazodone without a prescription
- Distancing themselves from friends and family members
Withdrawal Symptoms When Not Using Trazodone
Trazodone withdrawal symptoms can be severe and may worsen symptoms of depression. Some of the most common trazodone withdrawal symptoms include:
Side Effects and Risks of Trazodone Abuse and Addiction
- Blurred vision
- Digestive issues
- Sexual dysfunction
- Nausea or vomiting
- Weight fluctuations
- Confusion or memory issues
- Dry mouth or bad taste in mouth
Severe Side Effects
- Chest pain
- Blood in the urine
- Difficulty urinating
- Shortness of breath
- Bruising or bleeding
- Fainting, unconsciousness, or coma
- Accelerated or irregular heartbeat
- Night terrors or persistent nightmares
Treatment Options for Trazodone Addiction
There are many treatment options for addiction. For medications like trazodone, it is recommended that medical detox be performed by a medical professional. Stopping trazodone or any other antidepressant medication “cold turkey” is not recommended as it can increase depressive symptoms in addition to the other side effects listed above.
Medical detox through a drug rehab or inpatient program should be the first option for patients struggling with trazodone addiction. Medical professionals at treatment facilities help manage withdrawal symptoms and provide patients with resources after leaving the facility.
Once detox has been completed, it is recommended that patients attend group meetings or participate in a sober living program to learn valuable coping mechanisms to help them stay sober and reduce the possibility of a relapse.
Treatment With Concise Recovery
Trazodone withdrawal symptoms are unpleasant and can be extremely difficult to manage without the help of a rehab facility or detox center. We want to help you avoid some of the more serious withdrawal symptoms, such as rapid mood swings, shock-like sensations, extreme fatigue, vertigo, and cognitive difficulties.
At Concise Recovery, we make detox and recovery as comfortable as possible. Additionally, we want to ensure that you have the education and information you need to stay sober once you have recovered. So, we offer a variety of treatment and aftercare programs to help you live a clean and healthy life.
Get help today for trazodone addiction, and let us help you receive the healing you deserve. Reach out to our team today to learn about our treatment options and how we can help you overcome your trazodone addiction.