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Old 10-01-2001, 04:54 PM   #1
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Trazodone and weight gain....any have info, please??????

Does anyone have any knowledge of weight gain while taking Trazodone. I am currently taking 150 mg each night and have been on it almost 3 weeks. I think my dose may need to be increased, I am not feeling any better really, but I will give it 1 more week to go the maximum.

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Old 10-01-2001, 05:15 PM   #2
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Re: Trazodone and weight gain....any have info, please??????

Is it still knocking you out after taking it for 3 weeks?

 
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Old 10-02-2001, 02:36 AM   #3
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Re: Trazodone and weight gain....any have info, please??????

Robin,
I am also on trazodone 150mg in pm and 50 mg am.
I am still waiting to see how it works. I am certainly not knocked out apart from the 1st few days i started on it.
Since being on it I have started wiyh panic/anxiety attacks which I have never had before but I put that down to the hospital admission experience, (see my life is over posting)
The main problem I think is a side effect is that early evening I have the most awful pains (like cramps when you have a bug In the stomach) I then rush to the loo acouple of times and then I am fine again.
I have put 2 stone on in weight throughtout my different pills but I have gained a massive appetite too but I've just ordered bigger clothes from a catalogue. Beat the D and then worry about weight. I stopped smoking 5 years ago,put on 2 stone and 3 years ago worked on that and got rid of the excess. We as humans can't do everything. Try to forget the weight worries. WE can all join the diet forum when we feel ready. See you there!
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Old 10-02-2001, 05:26 AM   #4
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Re: Trazodone and weight gain....any have info, please??????

Thanks for the replies <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

As I recall, my first week on Trazodone was the best for "knocking me out" in order to sleep. The first coupla days I felt a little hung over in the am.
After 3 weeks, I can fall asleep much easier than before beginning the med but it doesn't have that "knock me out" feeling and I don't have a hard time getting up in the am. I suppose being a morning person helps with that as well, I prefer to go to bed early and rise early.

I am on hormone replacement therapy as well (due to surgical menopause) and it certainly seems to attribute to overeating, etc.

Thanks again for the replies, I'll hang in there!

Robin

 
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Re: Trazodone and weight gain....any have info, please??????

I am curious - is Trazodone the only AD you are taking as well as HRT?

 
Old 10-03-2001, 06:48 PM   #6
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Hi Thomas

To answer your question...yes currently the Trazodone is the only AD I am on. I had been on Prozac for over 2 years until I finally asked my pdoc to change it for the sexual side affects as well as insomnia. I had done some research on Trazodone and asked her to let me give it a try. I stopped taking the Prozac immediately (per her instruction) and started the Trazodone. The Trazodone worked great the 1st week helping me get a VERY much needed 8-9 hours of sleep every night. Now (after 3 weeks), I sleep well but not 8-9 hours, more like 6-7 hours. As long as I can remember I have ALWAYS been an irritable person, more easily agitated at some times than others but over really simple things. Prozac did seem to exagerate that problem (agitation).

Gosh, I don't mean to ramble but I seem to just have a mountain of things working against me, huh? (haha).
In June of 2000, my gyno found a huge tumor on my uterous. After much thought, my hubby and I decided the best thing was a total hysterectomy. (My doc agreed, based solely on a past history of "female" probs). Now here's where the HRT comes in....About 3 weeks post surgery, my supply of estrogen was depleted and I was a basket case! After a number of blood tests, we found my estrogen level had plummated to a dangerously low level for someone only 38 (at the time). She immediately Rx'd HRT. So I have been on some type of HRT since July 2000. HRT seems to increase my appetite (as well as the AD's I have been on over the years).

But I'm not sure the Trazodone is right for me. I seem to be sinking back down quickly. I'm pretty sure the Prozac is out of my system by now? Since I don't know what else to do and really neither does my reg. pdoc, I have decided to see my psychiatrist again. I haven't seen him in over 3 years but I recognize I need his help now. However, the soonest they can get me in is October 26th!!! What will I do until then? I'm finding it harder and harder to get out of the bed and go to work each day <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/frown.gif">

Thanks for listening, I really didn't mean to ramble on and on!

Much appreciative of you all,
Robin

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Old 10-04-2001, 12:44 PM   #7
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Re: Trazodone and weight gain....any have info, please??????

Hi Izwired--
I find it odd that your doc put you on Trazadone for depression. Trazadone is used almost exclusively now for sleeping aid--its anti-depressant side effects are really not felt for most folks until they hit the 400 mg level or so--and at that level you'd be asleep all the time. Trazadone (deseryl) is an older AD, a tri-cyclic which have pretty serious drowsniess effects. Prozac can make you feel more anxious. Paxil is used for anxiety disorders, though what has worked for me was Zoloft. The side effects of Trazadone, for me, were ALWAYS sleepiness even after a year or more of taking it. It did nothing whatsoever for depression for me, so I started on Zoloft. (I also had surgically induced menopause at about your same age. No doubt all these things are working in combination to keep you feeling down)
Good luck--sadly, it takes trial and error to fiond what's best for you.
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Old 10-04-2001, 05:15 PM   #8
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Can you not go back to your regular doctor and be signed off work so at least you could catch up on some sleep.
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Chris

 
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