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OK, so I've been on Ambien, Lunesta, Amptryptiline, and Klonopin for sleep, and I went to my first psychiatrist appointment and was given Trazodone. I have a few questions:

1. I was told to take 25 mg for a couple nights and 50 mg if that doesn't work. What dosage are you on for sleep, if you take this drug? This seems like a low dose, from what I've read.

2. How long does it take to kick in? How long before I want to sleep should I take it?

3. It says on the instructions to take with food. Is that really necessary, for sleep? I don't usually eat before bed, but I guess I should, in this case?

4. What kind of success have you had with this med, for sleep?

5. What kind of side effects have you experienced?


Thanks so much in advance for your help! I'd really like to get answers to questions 2 and 3 before tonight, if anyone can help. Thanks!
[QUOTE=DKScully;2741623]OK, so I've been on Ambien, Lunesta, Amptryptiline, and Klonopin for sleep, and I went to my first psychiatrist appointment and was given Trazodone. I have a few questions:

1. I was told to take 25 mg for a couple nights and 50 mg if that doesn't work. What dosage are you on for sleep, if you take this drug? This seems like a low dose, from what I've read.

2. How long does it take to kick in? How long before I want to sleep should I take it?

3. It says on the instructions to take with food. Is that really necessary, for sleep? I don't usually eat before bed, but I guess I should, in this case?

4. What kind of success have you had with this med, for sleep?

I have been on Trazodone for years with no repercussions. It does take appx 6 weeks to fully kick in and my doctor increased the does in the beginning and the result was finally good sleep. Don't worry about the dreams - you are dreaming! Which means you are getting a healthy sleep which helps the brain repair. Simply eating a cracker with the pill helps. After many years my doctor is taking me off the trazodone now and moving me onto Melatonin - it must be sublingual - this is very very helpful and have been able to back off the Trazodone now and almost off it. Melatonin is something the brain naturally creates but as we get older it decreases production or in people with depression can be very little or no creation. I hope this helps and I am glad to hear you are seeing a psychiatrist and not just a GP as a brain specialist (psychiatrist) will be able to help more efficiently.

5. What kind of side effects have you experienced?


Thanks so much in advance for your help! I'd really like to get answers to questions 2 and 3 before tonight, if anyone can help. Thanks![/QUOTE]





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