Trazodone is able to inhibit the uptake of one of the primary neurotransmitters (serotonin) by nerves inside the brain. When this takes place the symptoms of depression are removed. It can also help with increasing serotonin action. Trazodone is designed mostly for people who have serious symptoms of depression which is caused by an serotonin imbalance.
What are some of the possible side effects you face if you decide to use Trazodone?
Allergic Reactions-Symptoms might include a hard time breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat.
Mood and Behavior changes
Eye pain or swelling
Seeing halos around lights
Headache with chest pain and severe dizziness
Fast or pounding heartbeats
Chest pain or pressure
Tight feeling in your neck or jaw
Pain spreading to your arm or shoulder
High levels of serotonin in the body–agitation, hallucinations, fever, fast heart rate, overactive reflexes, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of coordination, fainting
Low levels of sodium in the body–headache, confusion, slurred speech, severe weakness, vomiting, loss of coordination, feeling unsteady
Severe nervous system reaction–very stiff (rigid) muscles, high fever, sweating, confusion, fast or uneven heartbeats, tremors, feeling like you might pass out
What are some of the more common side effects you might face if you use Trazodone?
Altered sense of taste
How do you know if a drug like Trazodone is something you would benefit from?
The main thing you need to look out for is whether or not you have a depression problem that’s serious enough to warrant use of this drug. One of the best ways to know this without going to a doctor would be to look at your energy levels. Here are some things to look for in this regard:
Do you struggle to get out of bed? If you struggle to get out of bed it’s probably because you don’t look forward to the day or what it brings. Sure, it’s normal to struggle to get out of bed but when you really start not doing it then you stop caring about the consequences. This is a sign of depression and it has to be addressed before it get’s worse.
Do you struggle to do the things required to keep yourself up? We’re talking about hygiene primarily. Do you stop caring about showering, brushing your teeth, changing your clothes? Do you have a hard time eating the right types of foods, even though in the past you were health conscious when it came to what you put in your body? If the answer is no then there’s been a change in your mood and it can only get worse if not addressed.
Do you struggle to do anything that requires real energy? Having low energy is going to happen sometimes, but it should never get bad to the point where you struggle even to do minor things. One strong sign of depression is when you have low energy, and this can effect your life in every area. It will make you a depressing person to be around, which will only feed into your low feelings.
If your energy levels are low, then depression can be causing it. Chemical imbalances might also be causing the depression and if you can take care of this you can increase your energy. A medication such as Trazodone can help you in this regard.