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Is Trazodone A Weight Gainer?


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#1 ankh

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 03:31 AM

Hi,

I've read most topics but rarely see as a side effect weight gain or hungerstrike. What's the average on trazodone?
I am asking this cause I am on seroquel now and put on weight, while I am already overweight. Besides it isn't working for sleep anymore. So chances are I am gonna switch.

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100 mg XR seroquel for sleeping.
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Posted 16 May 2012 - 09:56 AM

Trazodone causes weight gain (over 6 kg) in greater than 2% but less than 10% of patients with chronic use at therapeutic doses.
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Posted 16 May 2012 - 03:47 PM

I haven't found it to cause weight gain but that might not be your experience.

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 12:38 AM

thanks, now I have an indication in case of....
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Since 2001 Paxil in various doses. Weaned off. Other meds tried: Citalopram, Fevarin, Prozac (allergic?), Effexor (sent me to the roof) and Remeron (no more sleep after stressfull period).
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100 mg XR seroquel for sleeping.
Had all the benzo's and some sleeping meds.

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 10:36 AM

It hasn't caused weight gain for me. In fact I'm not getting up night eating like I used to. I found that the 50 mg was making me too groggy in the am after taking it for a while so I started cutting them in half.
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Posted 18 May 2012 - 12:34 AM

Hi Chelle,

Good to hear! At what time do you take the trazodone? Does it make you sleep well? Cause of my sleeping disorder...
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Since 2001 Paxil in various doses. Weaned off. Other meds tried: Citalopram, Fevarin, Prozac (allergic?), Effexor (sent me to the roof) and Remeron (no more sleep after stressfull period).
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dogmatil (speed)
100 mg XR seroquel for sleeping.
Had all the benzo's and some sleeping meds.

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Posted 20 May 2012 - 11:07 AM

Hi ANKH,

I take trazodone at my bedtime which is 8:30pm. I take it along with my Geodon. For the last 2 years I have developed some kind of sleeping problem. I do not sleep restful and I get up every 1-2 hours but had no problem getting back to sleep. Even when I was sleeping it was not restful. I was getting up eating 2-3 times a night.

I have recently added the trazodone. I still get up but not quite as often and I find I'm not looking for food either. Trazodone is giving me a more restful sleep. A softer sleep, more comfortable.
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Posted 24 May 2012 - 04:04 AM

Hi Chelle,

Maybe something's wrong with your REM-sleep.
I am glad however that your sleep has improved with trazodone.
I went to my doc today and she wanted to try melatonine 5 mg first before adding a med to my cocktail. Taking it with 50 mg of seroquel. On the seroquel alone I don't sleep. Only "advantage" I am not going to kitchen for food (never done) :smiley:

See what its gonna do...
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Since 2001 Paxil in various doses. Weaned off. Other meds tried: Citalopram, Fevarin, Prozac (allergic?), Effexor (sent me to the roof) and Remeron (no more sleep after stressfull period).
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Had all the benzo's and some sleeping meds.

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 08:04 AM

Pdoc thinks my sleep problem is due to going through menopause. Melatonin sounds good it's supposed to be a more natural, holistic approach. I have not tried that yet.
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Posted 26 May 2012 - 02:06 PM

I don't know what the therapeutic dose referred to above is but if you're taking it for sleep you're likely to be taking far less than a therapeutic dose for depression. I'm prone to obesity and never gained weight on it or at all for about ten years of the twenty or so years i took it. There is an endocrinologist near me who is about 180 years old but still in practice who routinely prescribes it even for his patients who are on a very strict diet as he feels it's the gold standard for sleep.
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Posted 28 May 2012 - 12:22 AM

Hi Chelle,

Your pdoc could be very right! I started a tread on menopause on the women topic. I actually had severe sleeping problems when my menopause began, although before that I slept more or less great on paxil. But that stopped and got me sleepness, sleepness. First I did not know what the heck was wrong but then I got a blood test that said I was lacking extrogen which messes with your sleep. I got injections every 3 months like sort of the pill - got to look up the name, my doc called it "depot". and it helped a good deal.

Now my sleeping is reasonable with 5 mg melatonin, 50 mg of seroquel and xanax prn.

Val,
do you mean the dose of melatonin?
For depression I have started Lex and I am weaning off paxil.
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Since 2001 Paxil in various doses. Weaned off. Other meds tried: Citalopram, Fevarin, Prozac (allergic?), Effexor (sent me to the roof) and Remeron (no more sleep after stressfull period).
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dogmatil (speed)
100 mg XR seroquel for sleeping.
Had all the benzo's and some sleeping meds.

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 02:39 AM

I'm not sure about this as my appetite has certainly increased since I started Trazodone, but I think that's because my mood has lifted. When I'm super-low I stop eating. I think that the increased appetite is a product of 1) that the Trazodone seems to suit me and is working, even at 50mg, ii) My body's been deprived of nutrients for a few weeks.

Given the relationship between mood and appetite, I think it's very difficult to separate side effects of some medications from other factors. (Although, to be clear, I know that some med's very clearly increase appetite. I've experienced that myself.)

Edited by historymum, 28 May 2012 - 02:40 AM.

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