As a prescription antidepressant, trazodone hydrochloride (Desyrel®) has been shown in clinical trials to improve symptoms of depression in adults. It is thought to work by balancing levels of serotonin in the brain and blocking certain serotonin receptors.
Depression is more than just feeling sad. Common symptoms include:
- Having little interest in things that you used to enjoy
- Sleeping too much or not enough
- Eating too much or too little (and weight gain or weight loss)
- Suicidal thoughts
- Physical pain
- Feeling hopeless or worthless.
Trazodone comes in tablet form and is typically taken one to three times a day. It usually takes one to two weeks for the medicine to start working.
Before starting treatment with trazodone, talk to your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking and any other medical conditions you have. Although this antidepressant is generally well tolerated, side effects are possible. The most common side effects include:
- Dry mouth
(For more details on this antidepressant, click Trazodone. Topics covered in this article include dosing guidelines, generic availability, overdose information, and more.)