Desyrel (Trazodone)

Trazodone is the generic name for the drug Desyrel. This drug is used, sometimes with other drugs to treat symptoms of depression. Desyrel is in a class of medications that other anti-depressants fall into called serotonin modulators. That means this drug works by increasing the amount of serotonin that the brain creates. This helps the patient maintain a good balance and helps them with their depression symptoms. Serotonin is a natural substance that is formed in the brain and helps with depression.

Desyrel should be used exactly as directed by your doctor of pharmacist. Usually one should take this medication around the same time every day with a small meal or snack. If you do not understand any part of the description on how to take this medication, contact your doctor or pharmacist for more clarification. Do not take more or less than prescribed, more often than prescribed, or for a longer period of time than prescribed. This medication may also be prescribed to treat other conditions. Your doctor will notify you about all these aspects. Be aware that no matter your age there is a risk that when you are taking Desyrel you may have suicidal tendencies or thoughts.

Before you take Desyrel tell your doctor if you are allergic to trazodone or any other ingredients in this pill. Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medications for any other conditions you have. Also notify your doctor of all supplements that you are taking, these other supplements or medications may have adverse effects on your body when combine with Desyrel. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, going to become pregnant, or breast feeding. Like most medications there have been side effects reported during clinical studies. These side effects are generally not serious, however, if you experience any of these side effects and they are severe or do not go away contact your doctor. Side effects include:

  • headache or heaviness in head
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • bad taste in mouth
  • stomach pain
  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • changes in appetite or weight
  • weakness or tiredness
  • nervousness
  • decreased ability to concentrate or remember things
  • confusion
  • nightmares
  • muscle pain
  • dry mouth
  • sweating
  • blurred vision
  • tired, red, or itchy eyes
  • ringing in ears

If you experience any of the following side effects contact your doctor at once because they are serious:

  • chest pain
  • fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat
  • shortness of breath
  • fever, sore throat, chills, or other signs of infection
  • hives
  • skin rash
  • itching
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
  • hoarseness
  • decreased coordination
  • uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
  • numbness, burning, or tingling in the arms, legs, hands, or feet
  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • fainting
  • painful erection that lasts longer than normal

Desyrel may have similar side effect to Effexor. Effexor side effects may include:

  • drowsiness
  • weakness or tiredness
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • nightmares
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • stomach pain
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • gas
  • heartburn
  • burping
  • dry mouth
  • change in ability to taste food
  • loss of appetite
  • weight loss
  • uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
  • pain, burning, numbness, or tingling in part of the body
  • muscle tightness
  • twitching
  • yawning
  • sweating
  • hot flashes or flushing
  • frequent urination
  • difficulty urinating
  • sore throat, chills, or other signs of infection
  • ringing in the ears
  • changes in sexual desire or ability
  • enlarged pupils (black circles in the middle of the eyes)

If you have any other questions about this drug contact your doctor.