Before Using This Medicine
While you are taking trazodone you may need to be monitored for worsening symptoms
of depression and/or suicidal thoughts at the start of therapy or when doses are
changed. This concern about the increased risk of suicidal thoughts or behaviors may
be greater if you are 18 years of age or younger and are taking trazodone. In patients
younger than 18 years, the period of risk may extend beyond start of therapy or when doses
are changed. Your doctor may want you to monitor for the following symptoms:
- anxiety, panic attacks
- difficulty sleeping
- severe restlessness
- mania (mental and/ or physical hyperactivity)
These symptoms may be associated with the development of worsening symptoms of
depression and/or suicidal thoughts or actions.
Contact your healthcare provider if
you develop any new or worsening mental health symptoms during treatment with
trazodone. Do not stop taking trazodone.
Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous
activities. Trazodone may cause dizziness or drowsiness. If you experience dizziness
or drowsiness, avoid these activities. Dizziness may be more likely to occur when
you rise from a sitting or lying position. Rise slowly to prevent dizziness and a
Use alcohol cautiously. Alcohol may increase drowsiness and dizziness while taking
Stop taking trazodone and call your doctor immediately if you experience a prolonged
(4 hours or longer), painful, or inappropriate erection. This could lead to a
serious condition requiring surgery.
Do not stop taking trazodone without first talking to your doctor, even if you
begin to feel better. It may be several weeks before your symptoms begin to improve, and
you may require continuous treatment for quite some time.