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Amitriptyline (Elavil, Tryptizol, Laroxyl, Sarotex, Lentizol) is a tricyclic antidepressant (TCA). It is the most widely used TCA and has at least equal efficacy against major depression as the newer class of SSRIs. As well ... Read more on Wikipedia
Trazodone (also sold under the brand names Desyrel, Oleptro, Beneficat, Deprax, Desirel, Molipaxin, Thombran, Trazorel, Trialodine, Trittico, and Mesyrel) is an antidepressant of the serot... Read more on Wikipedia
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By Jeff F
September 8, 2014
Jeff F wrote
Trazodone - Leg cramps
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By Monk718
August 21, 2014
Monk718 wrote
Trazadone nightmares
I also experienced bad nightmares and decided to stop taking it. I have been able to get normal sleep on lexapro 10mg but I developed tinnitus after starting both at the same time as my Dr. prescribed and this has not resolved since stopping the Trazodone almost 1.5 months ago.
Mac  |  November 13, 2014
I have had the exact same problem :(
moe  |  October 19, 2014
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By Jill Jes
August 7, 2014
Jill Jes wrote
Allergic Reaction to Trazadone
It ruined my life!!! I would she someone if I could
Lori  |  September 9, 2014
I took the pill for 45 days and felt like a zombie after two days. I got galactorrhea, complete sexual labido cut off, a vaginal discharge for 20 years now the symptoms don't stop. Oh and my hair quit growing on my legs and armpits. Dopamine helps. But gives me a headache. Stay away from anti depressants!!!
Lori  |  September 9, 2014
I didn't have this reaction. If fact, Trazodone has been very helpful for me for sleep with no side effects. I DID have exactly the same experience you are describing when I took my one and only Cymbalta pill for fibromyalgia. Good luck!
Joanne G  |  August 23, 2014
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By Helen Melon
May 27, 2014
Helen Melon wrote
TRAZADONE STORY
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I take this too. Doc put me on 100 mg. I'm 43 and weigh 200 lbs. I've never taken it on an empty stomach, but, the first time couple of times I took it, I actually got up in the middle of the night and did things while I was asleep! (sleep walking) as If I was awake. I'm just glad I didn't decide to go driving! So I cut my dose in half. I don't sleep walk anymore, but I do sleep on average 5-6 hours a night, straight. (Before taking it, I would wake up every 1-2 hours then spend 30 minu
Bryan  |  September 20, 2014
Absalootly
September 15, 2014
I've taken a lot of antidepressants and you should never start on a higher dose (I took a half pill my first night), they can really mess you up because the first few weeks you take them they can be stronger, and you are young. This is why you should never, never take a drug like this without a doctor overseeing you. You took too much, you should have tapered on and seen a doctor. Also, sleeping pills aren't meant for you to be able to walk around and do stuff after, but you're lucky somethi
notcool29  |  August 30, 2014
Hey, I take this medicine. Ive been on it for about a month now. When you take it you have to have food in your stomach, never take it on an empty one it will make you really sick. Also once it kicks in you HAVE to lay down and do not get up. Youll feel your limbs started to get heavy like its hard to even lift your own arm. You do get a very weird kind of heavy floaty feeling. If you stand you can faint, pass out, or black out. The room does spin. I know it can be kinda scary the first time bu
Kayley  |  July 28, 2014
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By SCREWEDFORLIFE
February 18, 2014
SCREWEDFORLIFE wrote
DO NOT TAKE TRAZADONE--MY HORROR STORY!!!
Thanks for the warning about trazodone. i'm sure many people have no problems taking it. I am not one of those. I have had alot of trouble getting to sleep taking it also the next morning I am like a zombie most of the day.I know that it is not for me. I had none of these problems taking ambien.
skylarl mcc  |  November 6, 2014
I checked in to see if there was any new info. I know many have taken this drug with NO reaction. Please realize bad reactions don't happen to everyone. But I want to warn of the POTENTIAL that this could happen. Wish somebody told me!!
SCREWEDFORLIFE  |  October 9, 2014
(god this editor is annoying! If I can't type that much, stop me! Don't let me type 500 characters then drop the last 200!) I stopped taking Ambien because the trazodone seemed to cover the sleeping problem. Now, clonazipam also helps you sleep, and is a longer lasting version of adivan, so I'm going to switch to that and see If I can drop down to just one pill :)
Bryan  |  September 20, 2014
Also, doc had me on Zoloft, Adderal, trazodone, ambien, and adivan, all drugs which, while they don't 'interact' they do entirely opposite things. Adderal 'perks' you up, while Zoloft calms you down. Adivan calms you down quickly, trazodone calms you down (and makes you sleep), ambien helps you fall asleep. So, why would I take Zoloft and adderal?! I stopped taking adderal because it caused me to need more adivan. I stopped taking zoloft cause it caused sexual side effects (being 'too calm
Bryan  |  September 20, 2014
SCREWEDFORLIFE.. You know it was Trazodone because your Urologist said so? You were also told it was a hernia, and cancer. You had 5 operations. Doesn't sound like anyone is really sure what's going on. Search all your drugs for their side effects.
Bryan  |  September 20, 2014
Thank you for sharing your horrible experiences. I will not use this drug
August 24, 2014
I have also been taking trazadone for years and have muscle pain cramps in that area sometimes after I urinate or at random times. I started eating healthier and taking supplements and it got better. I am very sorry for your injury my friend. Some where out there there is a doc that can fix you I hope. Keep looking don't give up !!
August 21, 2014
Patrick Do you work for the drug company ?
Class Action against Trazodone  |  May 31, 2014
I am a 16 year old female, I took Trazadone for the first time a few weeks ago, I wasn't prescribed but I'm diagnosed with insomnia so in desperate need I took 2 of my moms Trazadone pills, being stupid thinking that one wouldn't work but thinking that 2 would. That night I was already extremely stressed out from boy trouble and had very little if not any food in my stomach. About 15 minutes later I noticed the pills started to kick in and I felt like I had to throw up, from then I just decided
Helen Melon  |  May 27, 2014
LISA this is a dire t result of TRAZADONE. Reasearch the net and you will see MANY MANY men are impotent and cannot achieve a erection. When you view the litigation awards that total in millions to tens of millions depending on the case you can be DAM sure that those drug companies fought tooth and nail and LOST. If there was any chance this was just a coincidence you would not see men who have taken the same drug and have same side effect. And if read the warnings this directly states a side e
SCREWEDFORLIFE  |  May 22, 2014
I've been taking trazodone for sleeping. I've been on it for almost four years now. I've never had a bad experience or health issues. Are you sure it's the trazodone that is making you sick?
Lisa  |  May 22, 2014
I KNOW it was trazodone because my Urologist said so. If you take a look at TRAZODONE awards or lawsuits you will see awards for this same exact situation except not as many surgeries that settle in millions to tens of millions. I did my homework before I posted.
SCREWED FOR LIFE  |  May 21, 2014
Tried to say "not cheap" but ran out of space, I guess.
Kate  |  April 23, 2014
Trazodone does indeed cause priapism and this sounds like it could be related. Sadly, the doctor did not figure this out until the nerve damage had been done. For those with nerve pain, please google PEA Pure or Institute for Neuropathic Pain Netherlands. They have stuff in Europe for nerve pain and it can be imported now that the packaging has the proper English supplement facts on it. I have imported it and used it for nerve pain. It does help, but it takes awhile to kick in and it is not che
Kate  |  April 23, 2014
I'm sorry to hear that you have had such pain and that your lifestyle has significantly suffered; however, I do not believe that trazodone has caused any of your problems. They were probably pre-existing and you only noticed them at around the time you took trazodone. I am no expert but it sound like a normal human mistake associating oneproblem with a coincidental (false) "cause".
Patrick  |  March 25, 2014
Why is it that you think that Trazodone caused this? There is nothing in your story that gives a correlation between the two. What is causing your scrot pain?
Hizze  |  March 25, 2014
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By debi
January 19, 2014
debi wrote
elavil and stomach pain
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By poole
December 15, 2013
poole wrote
taking elavil and magnesium oxide
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She needs potassium. I would bet my tablet on it. Have you looked into sinus problems about the migraines. That was my trigger I had migraines since I was 3 and only recently figured out it was sinus related and could be treated with sudafed. Nothing else ever worked. Its very common to need more potassium when taking magnesium and potassium deficiency can cause leg cramps, good luck
samantha  |  March 5, 2014
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By Girl555
November 26, 2013
Girl555 wrote
does anyone know if it's a smooth transition from Cymbalta (Duloxetine) to Trazodone?
Cymbalta is now out as a generic form and should be more affordable if you want to stick to what is working for you.
JustFYI  |  October 29, 2014
You will need to taper off Cymbalta regardless of what drug you switch to. However, you could start Trazodone right away, I'm on both with no problems. But start taking less of Cymbalta over 2-3 weeks or you will have nauseau, headaches, etc. They call it 'discontinuation syndrome' - you're not addicted but your your brain has trouble adapting to going off it so quickly. I usuually start taking longer and longer time between doses. You can also open the capsules and pour a little bit out e
Vessel323  |  August 30, 2014
Try getting another drug... We are after the FDA to have this drug removed
Class Action against Trazodone  |  May 31, 2014
I have the same swallowing problem with Trazadone but not a breathing problem. I don't eat after taking it and drinking water or milk isn't a problem. Might want to check the dose
Jarbwa23  |  February 7, 2014
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By PG
November 10, 2013
PG wrote
Positive experience
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trazodone works for my chronic insomnia but with lots of side effects ,eg muscle pain mood swing and nightmares
kerry  |  September 3, 2014
it increase your body mass but its good for sleeping
kerry  |  September 3, 2014
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By Teengirlie
October 2, 2013
Teengirlie wrote
I fainted while getting out of the shower
It is the medicine. These is my second time on Elavil. The first time was ten years ago for migraines and I fainted at work. The doctor took me off of it. I was places back on it 9 months ago. I was fine on 25mg for 3 months. Then I was increased to 50mg. I passed out two weeks later later
lil ray  |  February 21, 2014
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By Caroline
September 16, 2013
Caroline wrote
trazadone and swallowing problem
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This is normal the first week or so. Just make sure you have plenty of water beside your bed.
craig  |  September 22, 2014
I had trouble swallowing as well, and when you take Trazadone with Caffiene, you could end up in ER with crazy high blood pressure. Ugh
TC  |  August 12, 2014
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By When1Was
August 25, 2013
When1Was wrote
Great for gaining weight, bad for sleeping!
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By Maegan
August 1, 2013
Maegan wrote
trazadone & nausea
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