8:14 pm - 03/11/2008

trazodone causing sexual side effects, weight gain?

 has anyone here every used trazodone?  its a anti-depressent but my dr prescribed it to me for a sleep aid.  My whole reason of mentioning this is in the past i was on various anti-depressents and anti anxiety prescriptions and they caused me to gain ALOT of weight and have terrible sexual sideeffects.  when i said weight gain im talking like 70 pounds.  My main concern here is....the sexual side effects.  i used to be darn near disgusted by sex.....and i don't want that happening again:/ also of course weight gain.  anyone have any experience with this pill?
onemorefool 12th-Mar-2008 12:25 am (UTC)
I was also prescribed trazadone as a sleep aid, and because I only took it when I needed it (maybe three or four times a week) I didn't notice any side effects at all. From what I hear, it's not much of an anti-depressant...as in, doesn't do a whole lot for depression, but works as a great sleep aid. I didn't gain any weight from it either.
zombie_attaackk 12th-Mar-2008 12:27 am (UTC)
ok, thats good to know. he actually prescribed it to me with rozerem. he told me take that as i needed but take the trazadone every day. maybe i'll take it as i need it also.
thanks.
anairdna 12th-Mar-2008 12:28 am (UTC)
i think i've been on it(anti-depressants/mood stabilizers/etc and go WAAAAAY back)

i dont remember any ill effects from it.
then again, i dont think there's anything of this earth(or otherwise) that can tamper with my sex drive.

the only thing that makes me gain weight is birth control with estrogen.

Edited at 2008-03-12 12:28 am (UTC)
herloved_beauty 12th-Mar-2008 12:29 am (UTC)
Hahaha I agree!

My doctor told me Prozac's leading side-effect in teens was lower sex drive. Low and behold... nothing. Not a single change.
zombie_attaackk 12th-Mar-2008 12:33 am (UTC)
gah, mines already on the lowish side....i blame on my past use of the anti-depressents. your very fortunate!!!
by the way i love your icon!!!
herloved_beauty 12th-Mar-2008 01:41 am (UTC)
Hah it's one of those "want what you can't have" sort of things.

Sometimes, I wouldn't mind being able to concentrate on my schoolwork instead of concentrating on being horny in the middle of Precalc.
pocochina 12th-Mar-2008 12:31 am (UTC)
I just started trazodone last night (for a sleep aid as well, though I'm dealing with depression lately, so who knows maybe it's a twofer), so while I'm really grateful to you for asking, I don't know.

However, I can say from my recent clinical experimentation that it did not keep me from having an orgasm.

Good luck, I really hope it helps you!
zombie_attaackk 12th-Mar-2008 12:35 am (UTC)
im going to try it tomrrow night. we'll see. did you feel groggy or anything the morning after? i read alot about that:/
pocochina 12th-Mar-2008 04:33 am (UTC)
I was very groggy today, but then, I have a sleep disorder and am in grad school (MY LIFE WHOMPS), so I can't say definitively that it was because of the trazodone. AFAIK, the "hangover" is associated with the higher antidepressant dose, rather than the lower sleep aid dose, and in people that did report it, their bodies adjusted after the first couple of days. I really hope it helps you!
kiteless 12th-Mar-2008 10:52 pm (UTC)
You shouldn't continue to feel groggy, I promise. It's about a week until your body gets used to it. :)
krisztinamynoq 16th-Jul-2008 11:12 pm (UTC)
It gives me hope that you said my brain has not yet healed. Does that mean that eventually all of these symptoms will go away.
nephthys43 12th-Mar-2008 12:46 am (UTC)
what are you like when you're drunk? my opinion of trazodone, is that it makes you act as if you were drunk.

my father is supposed to take it to help him sleep, but all it does is make him act like an ass and eat everything in sight (which he then does not remember the next day). though it does take awhile to get out of his system in the morning. i tend to hide his pills more often than not.
zombie_attaackk 12th-Mar-2008 12:50 am (UTC)
wow that is really intense. i HOPE that does not happen to me. geez
pocochina 12th-Mar-2008 04:35 am (UTC)
Zolpidem (Ambien) did that to me - once I busted out my credit card one night to do some online shopping and didn't remember a thing the next day.
ainadal 13th-Mar-2008 01:55 am (UTC)
i've done that! - and even crazier. ambien is certainly interesting!
slobbergal 12th-Mar-2008 01:06 am (UTC)
I took it to help with sleep for awhile. It is known to cause weight gain and lack of sex drive. I did notice weight gain and lack of sex drive and stopped taking it because of both issues.
rogue0703 12th-Mar-2008 01:15 am (UTC)
I was on it as a sleepaid through high school and my first semester in college after graduating HS (I'd been going to college for a couple semesters by that point) ... I didn't even know it was an anti-depressant until recently, I was actually on two different anti-depressants at the time because it did nothing for me as an anti-depressant.
slobbergal 12th-Mar-2008 01:37 am (UTC)
also i found info here

www.trazodone.com
zombie_attaackk 12th-Mar-2008 11:35 am (UTC)
thank you very much:)
slobbergal 12th-Mar-2008 01:39 am (UTC)
And at www.trazodone.com it lists this as side effects:


Common side effects that you could experience from using trazodone:
upset stomach
diarrhea
stomach pain or gas
drowsiness
weakness or tiredness
excitement or anxiety
insomnia
nightmares
dry mouth
skin more sensitive to sunlight than usual
changes in appetite or weight


Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
constipation
difficulty urinating
frequent urination
blurred vision
changes in sex drive or ability
excessive sweating


If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
jaw, neck, and back muscle spasms
slow or difficult speech
shuffling walk
persistent fine tremor or inability to sit still
dizziness or lightheadedness
blood in urine
fever
difficulty breathing
shortness of breath
severe skin rash
yellowing of the skin or eyes
irregular heartbeat
prolonged or inappropriate erection


Trazodone may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication
herloved_beauty 12th-Mar-2008 01:40 am (UTC)
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kiteless 12th-Mar-2008 01:45 am (UTC)
You shouldn't gain weight with Trazodone or have any nasty side effects. The "sleep aid" dose is no where near the anti-depressant dose. Been on traz since I was 16. It is impossible for me to live without, it is the ONLY thing that helps keep my fibro myalgia in check.

I have to say I DO get an antidepressant effect from my trazodone. I tried switching to ambien and I was a mess w/o the traz. I take a pretty high dose though. Don't be scared of it, it's been on the market forever and is pretty damn safe!
pinkdramon 12th-Mar-2008 01:56 am (UTC)
Is that a tricyclic antidepressant? If so did you get any benefit from it for your VVS?
kiteless 12th-Mar-2008 10:53 pm (UTC)
It's not a tricyclic. Me + tricyclic = Suicidal Behaviour!
zombie_attaackk 12th-Mar-2008 02:17 am (UTC)
thank you very much thats reassuring
celticdaisy 12th-Mar-2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
I use it as an anti-depressant as well. I'm trying to get off it now but it's not going well. I've been feeling so happy and fantastic for about 8 months now but every time I try to lower the dose the crying jags start and I can't sleep.
zombie_attaackk 13th-Mar-2008 02:48 pm (UTC)
how many mg do you take? did you gain any weight?
celticdaisy 13th-Mar-2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
See my other entry below.
laurapalmer813 12th-Mar-2008 02:05 am (UTC)
The only thing I remember is it made me dream while I was awake. Neat stuff! But make sure you're next to (or in) your bed when you take it!
zombie_attaackk 12th-Mar-2008 02:18 am (UTC)
wow that is so weird!!
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minimalistcrash 12th-Mar-2008 07:54 am (UTC)
i've taken trazodone a few times to help me sleep, my mom uses it nightly. the last time i took it it made me have a weird hallucination half asleep half awake dream state. ever since then i haven't took it! i don't know what dosage my mom takes, but it usually knocks me out after 30mins.
zombie_attaackk 12th-Mar-2008 11:35 am (UTC)
thank you. sometimes ambein does that to me when i take 2. its very strange. then i sleep for 1 hour initially then wake up for the rest of the night. lol, reason why i had to get something different!
willyouwill 12th-Mar-2008 12:24 pm (UTC)
I take trazodone and did actually notice a bit of a drop in sex drive at first. [but, I was also getting used to taking Celexa]. After a few weeks I got back to my normal self. I also dropped weight at first, but that was from stress. My weight then went back to its normal state. If your doctor says to take it every night, I would definetely do it. I thought mine was prescribing me trazodone only as a sleep aid so I started taking it as needed and I was a mess. So it definetely can work as an antidepressant, IMO.
zombie_attaackk 12th-Mar-2008 02:10 pm (UTC)
OT but did you gain weight on the celexa? i have taken that in the past and caused loss in sex drive and weight gain:/ i seriously think im one of those people that can't take the anti-depresents/ anxiety medicines without losing sex drive and gaining like 50 plus pounds. its like hmm, be depressed or be mediocre and big time fat...which one should i pick...i hate it!!
celticdaisy 12th-Mar-2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
I started taking trazodone over a year ago for situational/mild depression and insomnia. I take 200mg. I didn't experience any side effects during the day but I hate the way it makes me feel as I fall asleep. I have to take it right as I'm laying down, so if I'm watching TV or something, I wait until I actually turn out the lights and go to sleep, otherwise it makes me so groggy, nauseous, and dizzy that I can't even keep my eyes open. I never had any side effects related to weight or sex drive (and I have a high sex drive).

I'm now trying to get off of it but experiencing bad withdrawal (which doctors claim is not possible, but just google trazodone withdrawal to see what comes up). I was originally told to just stop taking it cold turkey, but I went into a severe depression within a few hours so I kept taking it for another 6 months. Now I'm slowly lowering the dose but I'm stuck at 125-150mg. Any lower and I just can't sleep and I start to feel anxious. I'm no longer dealing with depression and really want to get the fuck off the stupid pills. I hate having to take something to regulate myself. It's really miserable for me, so just be aware of those side effects.
kiteless 12th-Mar-2008 10:55 pm (UTC)
Ooh another thing you might want to know, if you wake up "early", as in not getting around 6 - 8 hours of sleep, you are likely to still be really screwed up. I get honest to goodness motion trails. At least I can pretend it is the 60s all over again. I usually stumble my way to the bathroom at 4 am everyday, and it's like a nice little trip. :P
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