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i have been taking trazodone for three months now. its wonderful, though i only take one and i dont get that hung over feeling. now when i take two i do, so if you take it and you feel hung over try cutting it in half, so if you are suppose to take two just take one, or when you take one cut it in half with a pill cutter. though i have been exercising everyday, i got the 28 day boot camp i do that and walk everyday. now i am tired when i need to be

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I take Trazodone and it really works for me. I do get that hung over feeling the next day but I would take that over no sleep for two days. The only time it doesn't work is when my husband is really tired or sick because he snores really loud at those times and I am a light sleeper. I, too, am trying to find some black out sheets.

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I took this a few years ago and it worked for a while, but the after effects started being too much to bare. My head would hurt and I would grind my teeth creating tension headaches. I was prescribed the 150 mg pill and would cut it into 2 or 3 parts (it had perforations for that to separate into 50mg or 75mg doses) and usually only took 50mg. I stopped taking it altogether because as time passed, I wasn't sleeping that much longer and had lingering feelings of tiredness and was groggy for several hours after having to get up. I just take something over the counter now as needed but my sleep has not gotten much better. Also, I work night shift so trying to go to sleep when the sun is shining is difficult. I haven't found good light blocking curtains yet either!

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I was on trazodone when I was a teenager and it really seemed to help - and again in my early twenties. But my insomnia got to the point where trazodone wasn't helping enough anymore and my doctor added Zyprexa. Now I am allergic to both. O_o

Edit: I guess I should mention that in the years since I developed the allergy - I HAVE found Benedryl knocks me right out (something I discovered when I started getting Tysabri infusions, because they give you benedryl and tylenol to prevent side effects), but more than that - mediTation helps me fall right to sleep almost every time, but barring that, Sleepytime EXTRA tea, because it has Valerian root in it. I have tried other teas with valerian in it and they don't work as well - so it's the blend of the Sleepytime Extra that does it for me.

Hope I was able to help!

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I have not taken it in several years, but when I was prescribed it there was 0 effect.

After a few years of no change, and no help from sleeping pills, I stopped all medication. I have better sleep now than when I was on pills but that is due to personal work I put into my emotions and my personality. I still battle with sleep problems, but they come and go.

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Hi Cherrie:

I was skimming old posts (never had time to be as active in this group as I had hoped) & saw your message re: Trazodone...

I, too, seem to be VERY sensitive so I have to anticipate & take the pill EARLY - and still feel "hung-over" the next morning; it's hardly worth it when I know I'll have a busy day!

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I had to wean myself off Trazadone ( taking no more than 50 mg ) eventually after using it 2-3 x week for couple of years because it was giving a type of restless leg syndrome where I felt like I had to stretch my legs while I lay there waiting to go to sleep. The muscles would feel tense. That stopped once I quit the Trazadone. I take Restoril 1-2 x week now only after I give myself 1-2 hours to try sleep without it.

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I wake up with headaches. I am on 50mg. I am going to cut that in half and see if that helps.

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I was taking Benadryl to sleep for a couple of years but it became a hit and miss deal, then doctor had me try Trazodone. I have been taking for about 1 year and it really does feel like natural sleep with no groggy feeling in the AM. I haven't noticed any particular side effects, but everyone is different. emoticon

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I started out taking 50mg which was enough at first but eventually it needed to get bumped up to 100mg. I've been steady at 100mg for a while now and supplementing with 10mg Melatonin and it's been working fine as long as I take it. Without it though, I find I can't sleep at all.

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I think by now they have tried every prescription sleeping pill on me that there is. The only thing found to work is Trazodone 200mg. And it only works if I've been up for 2-3 days (or more) with very little to no sleep.

I do hate to take Trazodone and will only do so occasionally because when it does work, it knocks me out for approximately 14 hours and then I wake up feeling like I've been hit by a Mack truck, then beaten with a baseball bat, and then rolled over by steamroller! UGGG!



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I wish you the best. I have similar issues, and for one reason or the other have taken most of the meds in your current cocktail. For me, less is best. My body reacts that way. It is funny that the thing which currently works best for me now is a muscle relaxant which I am using for other issues.
I hope you resolve your issues soon. I know the effects of long-term insomnia well. emoticon

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I take 300mg of trazodone, 2-3mg of klonopin, 80mg of geodon, 5mg melatonin, 10mg of singular, and 1500mg of gralise (working up to 1800mg) starting when I take my evening meal and I'm still lucky if I get 5 hours of sleep. My psychiatrist is going to start weaning me down of the trazodone because I'm also on a large dose of effexor xr. I was on ambien for 8 years and usually got about 6-7 hours of sleep but she took me off of that after the report came out. I'm not looking forward to reducing the trazodone but we'll see how it goes. I've had chronic insomnia since I was 3 or 4 years old. I can fall asleep but I usually wake up 3-5 times a night and get up between 3am and 4 am.

I wish you the best of luck finding something that will work continuously work for you and allow you to sleep.

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I understand the challenges of having a sleep disorder which does not respond to the medications commonly used. I,too have a sleeping disorder which I have had since infancy.
I am medication sensitive,so that doesn't help. I have used many drugs, with little success.
Oddly enough, I was put on a muscle relaxant, which probably in combination of other medications actually allows more hours of sound sleep. Recently I was put on 1/2 mg milligram
abilify, and take it twice daily in fourths. I am doing much better.
I wish you luck in finding what works, and continues to work for you. emoticon

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My son took trazadone and zoloft for a couple of years for depression and anxiety and sleep issues. He is still in his teens, and took it 8-10 grades. He decided in 10th grade he didn't want to take it anymore and stopped both meds. While he had no bad effects from this, I don't recommend it. ANYWAY, I don't know if it was the trazadone, zoloft, or the combo, but he now has an eye tick where his eyes roll back in his head without warning-like a teenage rolling their eyes at mom-that I have to tell his teachers about so they don't think he's being disrespectful (he's really not, most of the time-unless he really doesn't respect a certain teacher as a person). Benadryl doesn't work for him, neither does melatonin. He inherited the insomnia from me, I inherited it from my dad, who got it from his mom...

I've tried melatonin-it worked for me, but I had WEIRD! dreams after about 4 nights. I started insomnia at 14, and 28 years later, I still don't sleep well. Benadryl works ONLY if I lay down and close my eyes immediately. If I try to do anything after taking a benadryl, I get hyper-like 2 year old with adhd hyper. I have a back issue and have for the last 17 years. I take an NSAID every night, a muscle relaxer, prozac (I have bad depression and anger a few days a month), a stomach med to protect my innards from the nsaid, and amitryptyline (sp) to prevent the very bad 2-4 day headaches I began getting about 5 yrs ago. The nsaid was recently changed. All of the meds have the side effect of "may cause drowsiness" except the stomach pill. I notice a distinct change in sleep when I do not take the amitryptyline. It makes me extremely tired constantly at certain doses, but the headaches are less frequent. It all varies according to how your body reacts with certain drugs. Good luck finding your sleep! I'm running on about 5 hrs a night right now, and it isn't good.

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I started taking the melatonin a couple months ago (I don't remember how many mg) and I don't think it's helping. I just feel groggy and more tired, but still don't fall asleep anywhere near easily. Still wake up at least twice, too.

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10/3/12 2:47 P

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My brother takes 50mg and loves it. My husband takes 150mg and loves it. I took 50mg nothing, 100mg nothing. 150mg only slept two hours, then wpke up with terrible dreams. only did that three times and stopped taking it.

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That happened to me also. I don't think it works long-term for many. Perhaps is is more useful
in getting the beginning or restful stage before, than promoting a continuous sleep.

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I have been taking melatonin for a while now and it works for me. The only problem is that I think I'm starting to get use to it because I use to only take one tablet and now I'm taking two.



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Thank you for sharing. I did not know melatonin came in a time release form. I may ask my Doctor about that, especially if I restart that medication. emoticon

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I have tried that combo and it has worked wonders for me. I have sleep apnea as well. One of the things to look for which I'm sure you have is the time released Melatonin. Natrol Advanced Sleep has one that is time released. I did notice a difference when I switched. Hope this is helpful. Blessings. emoticon

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Interesting comments. I have not tried the Lunesta, but Rozeren which is similar. I have also used the Trazadone. The effects I had were very much like the ones you describe. The first thing I was told was to drink the Sleepy Time. No help. These days if I want the relaxation, I will drink Peppermint.
This is a life-long problem. I have actively been working on it for years. I am now on a routine which will allow at least 4 hours continuous rest, and occasionally another couple later. emoticon

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(Note - I haven't gone through and ready every post.)

I've had trouble falling and staying asleep since early high school--a good decade now. I've been on Lunesta and Trazodone. Neither worked well for me. The Lunesta worked for a bit, but my body got used to it and I would've had to keep upping the dose--no thanks! The Trazodone didn't help me at all. It just made me dizzy and left me exhausted the next day.

I recently started drinking a cup of relaxing "Sleepy Time Tea" most nights. It tastes great, but I haven't noticed a difference in sleep. It does make me have to get up more often to use the bathroom though. emoticon

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I have used Melatonin also. It didn't work on its own, but helped along with other things. I, too, will take a bit of benedryl sometimes. In truth, if you read the label of the over-the counter sleep medications that is the primary ingredient in all.
We all are different and medications respond differently. Continue working with your doctor, and eventually you will find the right combination for you.
Trazadone, as an aside, made my bed spin around in circles. That wasn't helpful at all.
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I was on this. My dose kept getting higher because it stopped working after awhile. It also caused me to gain weight. I now take melatonin nightly, and sometimes add 50mg of benadryl if I am super tires but unable to sleep.

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I'm currently taking trazodone and while it doesn't really help me fall asleep, it does wonders keeping me asleep. Doctors haven't wanted to up it (long story) since my insomnia isn't terrible. My doc thinks that if I can get some lifestyle changes down to a habit that it should help me fall asleep. I know I can take melatonin with trazodone but haven't tried it yet.

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I was on Trazadone off and on for several years. My highest dose was 200mg. It didn't work for me for longer than maybe a couple of weeks. That's why my dose reached 200. MD just kept upping it. I never had any side effects. The only minor one I had was when I was on 200mg and I got up a little groggy...kind of a sleepy feeling even though I was awake. Yeah, a little annoying but that was about it. That side effect wore off after about a week though and then I had nothing and eventually the med stopped working for me. Good luck!

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I have been offered Trazadone by the doctor if Ambien doesn't work. I don't want an Ambien tolerance so I don't use it very often, and it generally works at 10mg with 0.5mg of Alprazolam. I'm hesitant to add Trazadone, so reading other people's experiences with it is helpful to me in making the decision. Are there any side effects from it?

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I've had insomnia most of my life and think I've tried every thing! Trazadone just put me in one of those states where I was asleep but felt like I wasn't(hard to explain),but definitely not restful. Lunesta same thing. Been taking ambien for 10 years and most nights it does allow me to get at least 5 hours sleep.Trying to wean off of it now since the bad report came out on the hypnotics,but am finding it almost impossible.

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I am on this along with alprazolam and it really does help along with Welbutrin in the morning which is like a cup of coffee for me, trazadone just takes the edge off for me as it is very difficult for me to wind down I even know when this all started, the panic attacks and so forth, the all nighters in college and living off of snicker bars for energy to test well, energy drinks, coffee, coke you name it

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I've tried a large number of them over the years, and Trazodone was on the list. It did put me to sleep, but only because sleeping was the only way to make the room stop spinning. The effect was basically like suddenly being completely smashed to the point that you get all woozy and your body forces you to pass out. Not terribly pleasant at all. :(

I've been really happy with Zolpidem for the past 2 years or so though. I have found there is one weird side effect... I can apparently have an entire conversation with someone for about 20 min that I don't remember AT ALL the next day from about 10 min after I take it until I fall asleep. Considering all the other crazy unpleasant physical side effects I've experienced with everything else though, I'll take that one any day.

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I think I posted in here before, but if you're looking for meds, I don't recommend trazadone at all. I recommend Mirtazapine. I take 15mg a night and it works like a charm (most nights) but I do find if I don't take it, I don't sleep nearly as well. Just sayin...

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I tried Trazodone it worked it worked to much I slept day and night I wouldnt suggest it to any one ...... maybe it will work for you ??????

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it use to work wonders for me. I swore by it. and it was great to have on hand in case of random anxiety attack. I stopped taking it for a while and after I had my last son I tried it again and it was awful. I had the WORST pill hangover. We're talking full blown b!tch mode! So I'm guessing it works with certain hormones in your system .. or in my case doesnt work with them lol

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Trazodone worked ONCE for me. I started on 50mg and went all the way up to the max dose of 600mg. The first night I took the 600mg it worked, but after that NOTHING. I was so disappointed. I have had this same issue with Lunesta and Ambien as well, each only worked once. Now I take 5mg of melatonin and it occasionally will work, but I think it works better then the heavy meds and its a bit better for me since it is a natural supplement.

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I used to take Trazadone 100mg at night and it did absolutely nothing for me. I took it for awhile waiting for some results and I got none so I stopped taking it and my psychiatrist put me on Mirtazapine. This med works for me most nights.

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It worked for about a week for me before my body adapted. It was just enough to correct my sleeping pattern, but did nothing for my general sleepiness.

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I have not personally taken this medication, but I have two people very close to me that have. Both had awful nightmares while taking it. It could have been the dosage, and I know one person lowered the dosage, and it works well now. The other person is no longer on it. They had no withdrawal from it, since it seems to be non habit forming.

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it seems to work wonders for me. Some of the older medications for depression and sleep disorders are only norepinephrine reuptake meds, I am not sure if trazadone is one of those, but that is where my depression comes from lack of norepinephrine.
So, But I also take clonopin and Pritiq, the three of those keep me on an even keep, and when I do take the meds on a regular basis I do sleep ... just depends on the amount of anxiety, if I am very anxious even the trazadone effectiveness gets it's butt kicked.

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I've been on trazodone before. It helps for a while for me, but I get resistant to it really quickly, and if I'm having a bad time with my depression/anxiety, I tend to "fight it off". If I don't fall asleep relatively quickly after I take it, I won't fall asleep at all unfortunately. However, it does work at least some, so it can't hurt to try it. The good thing is that it's not "addicting". It won't leave weird side effects if you stop taking it.

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I have had insomnia all of my life. I am extremely sensitive to medications. Periodically I go through such sleep deprivation my Dr. tries to find something which works. When I took trazadone my bed felt like it was actually spinning around in circles. It didn't help with sleep for me. However, we are all different, and it is a matter of trial and error. Hope you find something which works for you. emoticon

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I have been on Trazadone (with small increases in dose over the years) for 16 years now and I swear by it, I have anxiety related insomnia plus have never really been able to get to my bed to sleep. If I don't fall asleep on the couch and I am able to get my trazadone in, I have about 20 minutes (or less) to get to where I am going to stay for the rest of the sleep time. Sometimes my anxiety attacks are so strong it will simply flush the med right out of my system or suppress I guess. My anxiety meds start with clonipin, which i take every day three times a day and then for breakthrough anxiety attacks, that won't release me ... I go for the hard stuff.... valium. If that doesn't do it then I am just up .... Like I have been for the last 2 days. I have not slept since yesterday at some time in the morning.

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I was on it about 12 years ago and it was ok for me, did not bother me, and it did help.

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i imagine it depends on your type of insomnia, but i have idiopathic insomnia and have been on at least a dozen medications with varying levels of success. i had a weird reaction to trazodone - rapid heart rate, nervousness, slight paranoia - that was unlike anything i've experienced before with sleeping pills. but a friend of mine, who has adhd-related sleeping problems, has been on trazodone for several years and swears by it.

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I have heard a little bit about it as my doctor wanted to put me on it, but it didn't happen as it would have interfered with my other meds. She said it could have really bad side effects if mixed with other drugs.

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I don't believe I know anything about this drug.

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Hi I like many of you struggle to sleep. I was just perscribed Trazodone. Does anyone have any comments on this drug?
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