Trazodone hydrochloride (Desyrel®) is a prescription drug used to treat depression in adults. The medicine is typically taken one to three times a day and comes in the form of a tablet. Trazodone is generally well tolerated, but side effects are possible. In clinical studies, common side effects included headache, drowsiness, and dry mouth.
Although brand-name trazodone tablets are no longer available, generic versions are available in three strengths:
- 50 mg
- 100 mg
- 150 mg.
Because the medication is better absorbed by the body after eating, it's a good idea to take trazodone after a meal or a snack. If the medicine makes you drowsy, try taking it before bedtime.
(To learn more about taking these tablets, click Trazodone. This full-length article provides a complete overview of this antidepressant, with information on how it works, safety issues to keep in mind, what to do if you take too much, and more.)