Trazodone hydrochloride (Desyrel®) is used to treat depression in adults. The medicine comes in tablet form and is usually taken one to three times a day. At this time, it is available only in generic form and is not approved for use in children or teenagers.
In most cases, problems do not develop during treatment with trazodone. Dangerous side effects are a possibility, however. These include:
- Suicidal thoughts or behavior
- Priapism (a painful erection of the penis that does not go away).
This drug may also cause low blood pressure (hypotension), especially when sitting or standing up suddenly. Trazodone should not be used right after a heart attack. Also, there is some evidence that the medicine can cause irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias) in people with heart disease.
If you develop any serious side effects during treatment with trazodone, such as the ones listed here, contact your healthcare provider right away.
(To learn more about the potential dangers of this medication, click Trazodone Side Effects or Precautions and Warnings With Trazodone. These articles offer more details on what to discuss with your healthcare provider, how often side effects occur, and more.)