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Trazodone Abuse and Addiction

Trazodone Addiction & Treatment

Prescription drug addiction and abuse is an epidemic in the U.S. Los Angeles, California is no exception. Although less likely than other forms of substance use disorders, Trazodone addiction can occur in individuals who abuse this drug and develop a dependence on it. Trazodone is prescribed to treat major depressive disorders. But when any drug or alcohol is abused, it can cause profoundly serious mental and physical health effects.

The Detox Center of Los Angeles specializes in substance abuse treatment and dual diagnosis treatments. We offer a comprehensive range of addiction treatment programs, including alcohol and drug detox, inpatient rehab, and outpatient treatment. At our treatment facility detox centers in Los Angeles County, clients can develop the addiction management and life skills needed to achieve lasting addiction recovery.

What Is Trazadol?

Also known by the brand names Oleptro, Desyrel, and Desyrel Dividose, Trazadol is an antidepressant for treating major depressive disorders. It is a serotonin receptor antagonist and reuptake inhibitor (SARI) that is designed to alleviate symptoms associated with major depression as well as symptoms of anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, and insomnia. Like other reuptake inhibitors, Trazodone helps restore the brain’s chemical balance to reduce symptoms of major depression. Physicians prescribe this medication in tablet form to treat depression. Some treatment providers may prescribe this drug off-label to treat alcohol addiction.

Trazodone Effects

While Trazodone treatment provides relief from symptoms associated with major depression, it can also cause other effects, including:

  • Drowsiness and fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Sweating 
  • Weight loss
  • Dry mouth
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Constipation/diarrhea

These effects tend to dissipate with use. However, someone who is taking trazodone over prescription dosing recommendations may experience these and other effects, including increased heart rate, skin rashes, and swelling. Overdosing on Trazodone is also possible when users take too much or mix this drug with other drugs and alcohol.

Signs of Trazadol Abuse and Addiction

Someone who is abusing Trazodone or experiencing a Trazodone Addiction is likely to exhibit some of the following signs and symptoms of prescription drug abuse, including:

  • Doctor shopping to obtain more of the drug
  • Becoming more secretive and avoiding loved ones
  • Using someone else’s prescription
  • Forging prescriptions to obtain the medication
  • Feeling unable to get through the day without using the drug
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not taking the drug for a certain period of time

Anyone who has these signs of addiction should obtain an evaluation at a drug and alcohol addiction rehab and begin substance abuse treatment and mental health treatment if they have a dual diagnosis.

Trazodone Withdrawal Symptoms

Trazodone withdrawals can range from mild or severe. Trazodone withdrawal symptoms often include:

  • Irritability
  • Headache
  • Vertigo
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Chills
  • Difficulty concentrating

Some people have been known to experience suicidal thoughts with Trazodone withdrawals. It’s always safer to undergo the withdrawal process at a medically assisted drug and alcohol detox center like The Detox Center of Los Angeles. Clinicians can provide medication-assisted treatments and dual diagnosis treatment (if needed) to reduce the uncomfortable symptoms associated with withdrawal and detox.

Long Term Side Effects of Trazodone Abuse

Substance use disorders that involve Trazodone can cause long-term health effects. Although Trazodone is designed for long-term use, long-term abuse, and Trazodone addiction can cause effects such as:

  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Priapism
  • Unusual bleeding and bruising
  • Reduced sodium levels in the body
  • Shortness of breath
  • Extreme dizziness

Overdose on Trazodone is a medical emergency and can occur with excessive use of this drug or taking it with other drugs or alcohol. Visiting detox centers in Los Angeles to undergo the medically supervised detox process is the first step to ending prescription drug addiction. Residential inpatient treatment or an intensive outpatient program at a Los Angeles, California treatment center is the key to managing this drug addiction.

Trazodone Addiction Treatment

As with other forms of substance use disorders, prescription drug addiction is serious. Don’t wait to get help. The Detox Center of Los Angeles is a leading recovery center that can support you through the detox process and provide you with treatments, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, medication-assisted treatments, family therapy, and other leading addiction treatments. Visit our detox Los Angeles, CA, treatment center to enroll in inpatient treatment or outpatient treatment programs today.