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Trazodone vs. Xanax for Anxiety

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Trazodone

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Other Names: Desyrel   Oleptro   Molipaxin

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Other Names: Alprazolam   Xanax XR   Niravam   Alprozolam   Xanor
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Rating: 3 out of 5
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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
Alprazolam (trade name Xanax, number Availability among other generic) is a short-acting anxiolytic of the benzodiazepine chemical classification of psychoactive drugs. Alprazolam, like other benzodiazepines, binds to specific sites on the GABAA... 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
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By Daisy
August 13, 2014
Daisy wrote
Xanax and Carafate.
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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 Devoted2Rami
August 4, 2014
Devoted2Rami wrote
Parkinsons Symptoms While On Xanax
Ps i am 39 and was in good health except anxiety.
Dee  |  September 8, 2014
I can see this ---definetly things about aparalzom or xanax that i am experieencing that are like parkinsonian symptoms. I stopped and am having extreme weakness in hands and shaking. I am scared I have damaged myself permanently and I was only taking 1mg daily.
Dee  |  September 8, 2014
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By Taylor :P
July 29, 2014
Taylor :P wrote
Fantastic
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By Mahar Bowen
July 1, 2014
Mahar Bowen wrote
Opiate and xanax painless detox
There is an herb that actually helps called kratom. That isn't the actual name of the herb more the brand that carries it, but it was amazingly helpful for me coming off of opiates.
Gina  |  September 8, 2014
...for some reason it cut my comment short?! But do you know of anyone that the Imogaine worked for?? I must check into these herbs, though not sure if they are legal in Europe. But thanks for your post really honest and informative...keep up the good work on getting to the place where you need to be :)
benzobuzzer  |  August 12, 2014
Hey Thanks for your contribution, I was also in a similar situation to you, though I have never tried the Ibogaine route and have always been interested in trying it out. I've gone cold turkey so many times from alcohol, drugs and the rest...but have always ended back on some slippery slopes. The last time which I am still battling also involves an injury where opiates and benzs were prescribed I am now one again stuck in this rut. Do you know of anyone whom the Ibogaine was actually a successf
benzobuzzer  |  August 12, 2014
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By Rebel
June 1, 2014
Rebel wrote
HIDA Scan
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By Helen Melon
May 27, 2014
Helen Melon wrote
TRAZADONE STORY
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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 adam
March 28, 2014
adam wrote
blabla
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By SCREWEDFORLIFE
February 18, 2014
SCREWEDFORLIFE wrote
DO NOT TAKE TRAZADONE--MY HORROR STORY!!!
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 Girl555
November 26, 2013
Girl555 wrote
does anyone know if it's a smooth transition from Cymbalta (Duloxetine) to Trazodone?
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 Porky
November 4, 2013
Porky wrote
Lost Temper on Xanax
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By Xanax
October 20, 2013
Xanax wrote
Usefull
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By MO JOHN
September 24, 2013
MO JOHN wrote
xanax
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By Caroline
September 16, 2013
Caroline wrote
trazadone and swallowing problem
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 Persistence
August 14, 2013
Persistence wrote
Xanax, Ativan, Valium, Klonopin, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Major Depression
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Nice job, thanks
September 3, 2014
really helps.
mary911  |  March 31, 2014
This is a really encouraging post. Thanks for writing it!
Tinkerbell  |  January 5, 2014
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By Maegan
August 1, 2013
Maegan wrote
trazadone & nausea
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What patients are saying about Trazodone vs. Xanax

4,111 patient discussions from healthcare websites and blogs
the xanax helps alot more with slowing my mind down, but...
...50mg trazodone on a everyother night rotation with xanax and it works ...and the xanax helps alot more with slowing my mind down, but the trazodone definitly makes me drowsy and keeps me asleep ...
Xanax is not helping me sleep either. The most I have taken...
...Xanax is not helping me sleep either. The most I ...sleep. Tried trazodone last night since it helped me years ago  but it d...
exacerbated my symptoms while tapering Xanax. I think...
...greatly exacerbated my symptoms while tapering Xanax. I think Trazodone is a great choice for sleep when coming off benzos, or if...
I switched from the Trazadone to .50 Xanax - the Trazadone...
...ago I switched from the Trazadone to .50 Xanax - the Trazadone wasn't helping my nightmares at all and I was waking with horrible headpain. Am...
coming off a Xanax and it works..no problem...puts you...
...while coming off a Xanax and it works..no...
something better to take that doesn't cause the side effects...
...it. I was up all night with the side effects. I also tried trazadone and that was just as bad. I'm taking oxazaepam but I'm still waking up in the middle of the night. Is there something better...
anxiety). My brother takes Xanax, and he says it helps with...
...(not good for my anxiety). My brother takes Xanax, and he says it helps with...
for me.   Half a Zanax now and then helps shut the head...
Long term Trazadone user here and it is a great sleep solution.  I struggled ...works the best for me.   Half a Zanax now and then helps shut the head down...
and have found Xanax to work great. I sleep all night....
...insomnia for years since menopause and have found Xanax to work great. I sleep all night. I tried Trazodone, Ambien, etc. which were not very helpful. Xanax works the best....
the 25 mg. I take a Xanax right before bed to help me...
...25 mg every night and it helps me to stay asleep. I tried to up the dose but it caused night sweats and didn't seem to work any better than the 25 mg. I take a Xanax right...
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