Trazodone hydrochloride (Desyrel®) is a medicine that works to improve the symptoms of depression in adults. In clinical trials, trazodone has been shown to be effective for symptoms such as:
Having little interest in things that you used to enjoy
Sleeping too much or not enough
Feeling hopeless or worthless
The medication is thought to work by balancing the levels of serotonin in the brain. Side effects of trazodone are generally mild and can include dry mouth, nausea, dizziness, and headache, to name a few.
Before taking this product, talk to your healthcare provider about the safety issues that may apply to you. Trazodone may not be suitable for people with certain allergies, bipolar disorder, or certain other medical conditions.
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Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed February 12, 2007.
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