General considerations for when and how to take the drug include the following:
- The medication comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth, usually one to three times a day.
- If the medication makes you drowsy, try taking it before bedtime.
- It is best to take it after a meal or snack. Your system generally absorbs the medication better after eating.
- Trazodone should be taken at the same time(s) each day to maintain an even level of the drug in your blood.
- For the drug to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. The medicine will not work if you stop taking it.
The dose that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your age
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you are currently taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Trazodone Dosing for more information.)
As with any medicine, side effects are possible. However, not everyone who takes the medication will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
The most common side effects include:
- Dry mouth (see Trazodone and Dry Mouth)
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Blurred vision
- Nausea or vomiting
(Click Trazodone Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report to your healthcare provider.)
You can also read about specific side effects in the following eMedTV articles:
- Trazodone Sexual Side Effects
- Trazodone and Suicide
- Trazodone and Weight Gain
- Trazodone and Weight Loss.