Trazodone medication: What are some of the special precautions?
Trazodone medication: Special precautions
use of Trazodone medication will require regular visits to your doctor to
monitor your progress. Your physician will continue to check the effects of your
Trazodone medication and adjust the dosage as necessary. You should never quit
taking this medication without checking with your doctor first. Frequently the
doctor will reduce the amount of this medication gradually before you stop it
Trazodone medication- Other special precautions:
While taking Trazodone medication, always let your doctor or dentist know before
having any emergency, dental or medical surgery. Taking this medicine while
having surgical or dental treatments may interact negatively with medicines that
are used during dental or emergency services and increase the depressant effects
on the central nervous system.
Trazodone medication has also been known to cause people to become irritable and
agitated, as well as to have suicidal thoughts and tendencies, and to actually
become more depressed. If you or your family members notice these effects you
should notify your doctor immediately.
This depression medicine will add to the effects of alcohol or other central
nervous system depressants, possibly causing drowsiness. Common examples of
central nervous system depressants are antihistamines or medicines for
allergies, colds, tranquilizers, and sleeping medicines. Other very common
central nervous system depressants also include pain medicines or narcotics,
medicine for seizures, muscle relaxants, anesthetics and barbiturates.
Trazodone may cause some people to become drowsy or less alert than normal. You
should always make sure you know how you will react to this medication before
you drive or operate heavy machinery or do anything that may be dangerous if
you're not completely alert. Dizziness, fainting or lightheadedness may occur
when you attempt to get up from a lying or sitting position. Many doctors
recommend getting up slowly to help with this sensation. If this lightheadedness
or dizziness problem continues or gets worse you should talk to your doctor
Trazodone medication has also been known to cause dryness of the mouth. Sugar,
gum, hard candy or small pieces of ice may provide some relief for you. However,
if your mouth remains dry for more than two weeks, you should talk to your
physician or dentist immediately. A continuing dryness of the mouth may result
in dental disease, tooth decay, gum disease or other fungus infections as a
result of taking Trazodone medication.
Information adapted from Consumer
Reports Consumer Drug Reference
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(Health and Geriatric Psychologist)