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Trazodone is primarily used to treat depression, though it is sometimes used in the treatment of schizophrenia, anxiety, and insomnia. Trazodone is a serotonin modulator; it works by increasing levels of serotonin in the brain which promotes mental balance. Trazodone should be used in combination with other therapies, and patients should be monitored by a mental health professional. Trazodone tablets are available in three strengths, 50mg, 100mg, and 150mg. A bottle of 30 50mg tablets cost about $12, a bottle of 30 100mg tablets cost about $14, a bottle of 30 150mg tablets cost about $22. You can save on trazodone costs by using the Optum Perks website. Compare prices at local pharmacies, then simply download and print your trazodone coupon to use each time you refill your prescription. Trazodone savings are easiest to find when you use the Optum Perks mobile app.

Trazodone is primarily used to treat depression, though it is sometimes used in the treatment of schizophrenia, anxiety, and insomnia. Trazodone is a serotonin modulator, which works by upping levels of serotonin in the brain which promotes mental balance. Trazodone should be used in combination with other therapies, and patients should be monitored by a mental health professional. 

Trazodone is generally taken twice per day with a meal or snack. It’s helpful to take your medication at the same time every day so that you remember to take it. The exact dosage of your medication will be specified by your doctor. Do not take more or less of the medication without speaking to your doctor first.

You will likely begin on a low dosage of trazodone and gradually increase your dosage as your doctor monitors how you respond to the medication. Trazodone may take up to two weeks to be effective. Continue taking the medication as directed.

Tell your doctor about all of your allergies and about all other prescription and non-prescription medications, supplements, and vitamins that you are taking. Be sure to mention any other antidepressants.

Tell your doctor if you have severe diarrhea or vomiting, if you may be dehydrated, if you have sickle cell anemia, multiple myeloma, leukemia, Peyronie’s disease, heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, or if you recently had a heart attack

Taking trazodone may cause QT prolongation, an irregular heart rhythm that can cause fainting and seizures. Tell your doctor if you have any family history of QT syndrome, or if you have ever had low potassium levels or an irregular heartbeat.

Talk to your doctor before consuming alcohol while on trazodone, alcohol may worsen side effects.

Talk to your doctor about eating grapefruit while on trazodone, it may have negative interactions with the medication.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Side effects may include: headache, nausea or vomiting, rash, sweating, bad taste in mouth, diarrhea or constipation, dry mouth, changes in appetite or weight, weakness or tiredness, nervousness, dizziness or lightheadedness, balance problems, memory or concentration problems, confusion, nightmares, muscle pain, changes in libido, uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body, red, or itchy eyes, ringing in the ears.

Call your doctor immediately if you experience: chest pain, irregular heartbeat, loss of consciousness, shortness of breath, seizure, unusual bruising or bleeding.

This may not be a complete list of side effects and warnings. Please talk to your doctor for more information. 

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