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A 52-year-old female asked:

50mg trazodone stopped working (sleep). then took 75mg, again stopped working. doc said i could go up to 150mg. worried i will become dependent. help.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Actually it is not: Ucommon to require higher doses of trazodone. Here are some sleep hygiene tips to use. 1. Keep a regular bedtime & wakening time (to include weekends). Get up the same time each day, regardless of what time you fell asleep. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Relaxing rituals prior to bedtime may include a warm bath or shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. >.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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3. Sleep in a dark, quiet, cool room on comfortable mattress & pillows. 4. Use the bedroom only for sleep & sex. Have work materials, computers, & TVs in another room. 5. Finish eating at least 2-3 hs prior to your regular bedtime. 6. No caffeine within 6 hours; alcohol & smoking within 2 hrs of bedtime. Alcoholism is a major cause for insomnia. 7. Exercise regularly; finish a few hours before bedtime. 8. No naps. 9. Go to bed only when sleepy. Lay in bed only for sleeping, not for work or watching TV. 10. Designate another time to write down problems & possible solutions in the late afternoon or early evening, not close to bedtime. 11. After 10-15 minutes of not being able to get to sleep, go to another room to read or watch TV until sleepy. Consider chamomile tea before bed. Warm milk. Lavender oil in bath or lavender scent on pillow. Melatonin is very helpful (but discuss with your doctor). Acupuncture often works well for insomnia.
Sep 6, 2013
Dr. Byron Law-Yone
Psychiatry 55 years experience
Trazodone is an old-: Antidepressant medication that is now used predominantly for it's side effect of drowsiness. A dose of 150mg is not considered dangerous when closely monitored by your physician. It is not a drug with a known risk for addiction, abuse or dependence. Good night.

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