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Does sleeping medicine like trazidone kill brain cells?

Does sleeping medicine like trazidone kill brain cells?

No: Trazadone does not kill brain cells. It was originally used as an antidepressant and found to have the benefit of treating sleep onset insomnia. If you're concerned about your memory or other neurological issues, speak with your regular physician. ...Read more

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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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What can I use for sleep after stopping trazodone? Previously on geodon, (ziprasidone) risperdal, klonopin, ativan, melatonin. At this point believe brain wont cbt

What can I use for sleep after stopping trazodone? Previously on geodon, (ziprasidone) risperdal, klonopin, ativan, melatonin. At this point believe brain wont cbt

Some alternatives: I don't understand the meaning of your last sentence; does it mean you have tried insomnia-directed cbt (as well as attention to sleep hygiene) but it hasn't worked? Sleep aids you didn't mentioned include rozerem, (ramelteon) doxepin, and various otc herbal mixtures. Also, withdrawal from some of the meds you mentioned could interfere with sleep. And, i'm assuming you aren't using alcohol in the evenings. ...Read more

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I think someone is mind controlling me so i can't sleep or is this a symptom of med withdrawal like geodon, (ziprasidone) trazodone, ativan. Mind control?

I think someone is mind controlling me so i can't sleep or is this a symptom of med withdrawal like geodon, (ziprasidone) trazodone, ativan. Mind control?

Mind Control: It is possibly a withdrawal symptom but not necessarily. Please contact your prescribing doctor immediately to learn what is causing your thinking to be distorted. I wish you the best. ...Read more

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I heard that sleep deprivation can kill brain cells. How long does it actually takes till your brain cells start dying? (In 18yrs old person)

I heard that sleep deprivation can kill brain cells. How long does it actually takes till your brain cells start dying? (In 18yrs old person)

Research still out: Research has been done on mice and it's likely that it's also true for us - for them 3 days was enough for some cell death. That might be different in people but whatever, it's not a good thing. Brain cells die when we sneeze or do other such things but we have so very many! So, don't worry (that's not healthy) but do sleep regularly and enough! ...Read more

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Does Sleep Deprivation kill Brain Cells? not getting enough sleep im 20 years old

Does Sleep Deprivation kill Brain Cells? not getting enough sleep im 20 years old

No: Sleep deprivation doesn't kill brain cells but it does cause the brain to function less effectively and to malfunction. You should talk to your doctor about your sleep patterns and how to improve that. At 20 years old you should get from 6-8 hours a night minimum. Factors to consider - work/school schedule, stress, video games / tv, alcohol/drug use. ...Read more

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I was prescribed trazodone for sleep. I take 25 Mg. I have splitting headaches.Last 2 days I had bad panic attacks that I never had before. Medicine?

I was prescribed trazodone for sleep. I take 25 Mg. I have splitting headaches.Last 2 days I had bad panic attacks that I never had before. Medicine?

Trazodone: Headaches can be seen with trazodone. Per Drugs. com there can also be aggitation, "nervousness, pounding in the ears, shortness of breath & slow or fast heartbeat." Let your prescribing provider know about side effects. ...Read more

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starting taking 50 mg of trazodone tonight for first time for sleep. I get anxious taking new drugs . If I get anxiety can I take a 5 -10mg valium?


 starting taking 50 mg of trazodone tonight for first time for sleep. I get anxious taking new drugs . If I get anxiety can I take a 5  -10mg valium?

Ask your doctor: Can sometimes interact together to cause worsening drowsiness - see below: https://www.drugs.com/drug-interactions/trazodone-with-valium-2228-0-862-441.html Having said that in some cases is used together - but safer under your doctor's supervision rather than via this forum so please ask him/her. ...Read more

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How do I know if it is throid going untreated for a year and a hlalf or sleep medicine, trazodone. How much regula throid medicine will cause weight l?

Be Careful: With thyroid meds you must do routnie blood testing... No other way around it, your doctor would never know unless you do the blood test. ...Read more

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Starting taking 50 mg of trazodone tonight for first time for sleep. .Get anxious taking new drugs. Can I take 5-10mg valium if I get anxious tonight?

Starting taking 50 mg of trazodone tonight for first time for sleep. .Get anxious taking new drugs. Can I take 5-10mg valium if I get anxious tonight?

Ask your doctor: Can sometimes interact together to cause worsening drowsiness - see below: https://www.drugs.com/drug-interactions/trazodone-with-valium-2228-0-862-441.html Having said that in some cases is used together - but safer under your doctor's supervision rather than via this forum so please ask him/her. ...Read more

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I can't sleep i'm starting to feel depressed. My doctor won't prescribe me z drugs because they are addicting. Trazodone don't work. I need advice?

I can't sleep i'm starting to feel depressed. My doctor won't prescribe me z drugs because they are addicting. Trazodone don't work. I need advice?

Can't Sleep: Rule out any medical conditions that impact sleep. You can also look up healthy sleep habits. Create a consistent wake time and avoid naps. Go to bed only when you are tired. If you can't fall asleep within 20 mins, get out of bed until you're tired again. Avoid substances that impact sleep, like alcohol and caffeine. Therapy can address both sleep and depression. ...Read more

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What to do if I have sleep, anxiety, depression, and ptsd issues but I keep getting erections from the medicine trazodone?

What to do if I have sleep, anxiety, depression, and ptsd issues but I keep getting erections from the medicine trazodone?

Trazodone: is sometimes used to treat problems with insomnia. There are many other medications that can be used to help sleep disturbances related to PTSD and depression. Please let your doctor know. If the erections are too troublesome for you - another med should be considered. For erection lasting > 4 hours - obtain emergency care. Take care. ...Read more

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I've never taken ambien cr. I took ambien for five years long term. No longer works like it once did. Explained to sleep doc and he still wants me to try it? w the Trazodone 150 mg I stopped after being on it for a year and it stopped working.

I've never taken ambien cr. I took ambien for five years long term. No longer works like it once did. Explained to sleep doc and he still wants me to try it?  w the Trazodone 150 mg I stopped after being on it for a year and it stopped working.

May work better: Ambient CR is a slightly higher dose than the regular ambien (zolpidem) and it is a controlled release (CR) so that the medicine is enters your bloodstream over an extended period of time, so it may help keep you asleep longer. I hope it helps! ...Read more

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Is it possible to taper off trazodone after using it for sleep?

Is it possible to taper off trazodone after using it for sleep?

Yes: The major issue with trying to stop using trazodone for sleep is an intensification of sleeping difficulties as opposed any common withdrawal syndrome. Depending on the current dose it may be reasonable to decrease the dose by 25 to 50 mgs each week allowing your body to adjust in between each dose change. You should always speak with the prescribing physician before stopping any medication. ...Read more

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Is trazodone(desyrel) for anxiety and sleep problems?

Is trazodone(desyrel) for anxiety and sleep problems?

See below.: Trazodone is an antidepressent, called serotonin modulator. It's an antidepressant, but other uses for it include insomnia and anxiety. If you have any questions regarding this med, please talk to you prescribing physician or a pharmacist. ...Read more

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Trazodone and lunesta (eszopiclone) wich is better to sleep?

Trazodone and lunesta (eszopiclone) wich is better to sleep?

Depends: Generally speaking, Lunesta (eszopiclone) may be better for sleep onset, trazodone for sleep maintenance, though there might be exceptions. Ideally, best approach to resolve sleep issues is to treat underlying cause (e.g. Depression, anxiety, sleep apnea), then practice sleep hygiene (sleep-promoting behaviors), and then consider meds for sleep. ...Read more

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I was prescribed 50mg of Trazodone six weeks ago to help sleep. I am also on 1.5mg of Ativan (lorazepam) (6+ years). I would like to stop both, Traz first.

I was prescribed 50mg of Trazodone six weeks ago to help sleep. I am also on 1.5mg of Ativan (lorazepam) (6+ years). I would like to stop both, Traz first.

See your physician: See your physician before making any medication changes, which can be dangerous. He/she will want to explore your reasons for wanting to come off the medications, as well as perform a physical examination. You will be able to come off these medications safely under your physician's guidance. http://www.bcnc.org.uk/symptoms.html , http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a682053.html ...Read more

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Klonopin (clonazepam) and trazodone for sleep safe?

Klonopin (clonazepam) and trazodone for sleep safe?

Yes: It is a safe combination. I can think of a number of clinical scenarios where this would be very appropriate and I have quite a few patients on this combination. ...Read more

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I take 1 mg Xanax (alprazolam) and 100mg trazodone before i to go to sleep. Can i drive a car the next day?

I take 1 mg Xanax (alprazolam) and 100mg trazodone before i to go to sleep. Can i drive a car the next day?

As long as: You are not sedated. You need to be thinking coherently with good reaction times. There are some people who have residual grogginess with these medications. ...Read more

Trazodone (Definition)

Is an antidepressant with known anticholinergic & sedative properties, leading to ...Read more