Trazodone hydrochloride (Desyrel®) is primarily used for the treatment of depression in adults. It is used for "off-label" reasons as well, such as treating panic disorder, insomnia, anxiety, and alcoholism.
Trazodone is taken by mouth (orally), typically between one and three times a day. Most people tolerate it well, and if side effects (such as headaches or drowsiness) do occur, they tend to be minor and easy to treat.
Although brand-name trazodone tablets are no longer available, generic trazodone is available in three strengths:
- 50 mg tablets
- 100 mg tablets
- 150 mg tablets.
This drug may not be suitable for everyone. Before starting treatment, be sure to tell your healthcare provider about all the medications you take and any other medical conditions you have, including bipolar disorder and heart disease.
(For more details on this oral medication, click Trazodone. This article describes how it works, what to expect during treatment, what to do in cases of overdose, and more.)