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How Trazodone Works

Weaning off Trazodone while easy for some can be extremely challenging to others. Being educated on how medications, such as Trazodone, work and impact the body is crucial. A lot of times users focus on the perceived benefits of the drug and how it may calm symptoms, rather than seeing the totality of how Trazodone alters the body, leading to more symptoms and overall decline. Learning to identify side effects and how Trazodone alters multiple systems of the body can help you be prepared.

How Does Trazodone Work?

Trazodone is an antidepressant that increases serotonin, the natural mood stabilizer in your body, raising levels to much high Serotonin in the brain which in turn diverts it from the other organs and systems that rely on Serotonin. For instance 95% of our Serotonin is produced in the gut region, which is why Trazodone and all antidepressants have a high rate of gut-related side effects.  Serotonin is used to regulate mood, happiness and anxiety, but it also acts as a stimulating neurotransmitter to send messages throughout the brain. 

Because the majority of serotonin is produced in the gut, taking Trazodone can alter gut health tremendously. Gut health directly affects several areas of our mind and body. Altering gut health can lead to health issues, including…

  • Leaky gut
  • Memory issues
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Cognitive deficits
  • Anxiety
  • Trouble learning
  • Moodiness

Why Trazodone is Unique.

Most antidepressants, like Paxil, Effexor, and Lexapro, tend to stimulate the body and lead to worsening sleep. However, what makes Trazodone unique is that it is one of a few antidepressants that is more sedating. Users feel more tired and relaxed when taking it over anything else. This is why Trazodone is more commonly used as a sleeping pill, rather than as an antidepressant.

The Dangers of Trazodone.

Although Trazodone is less stimulating, it is highly addictive. It can rewire the neurotransmitters in your brain and create a dependency to the drug. Pairing trazodone with other medications, such as benzodiazepine, can be even more harmful.

There is Hope. Weaning off Trazodone is Possible.

If you have found yourself dependent to Trazodone or other medications, and have tried to stop without success, then seeking the as professionals, such as Point of Return, for Trazodone withdrawal an not only help you be successful, but it can be done in a way that is safe and comfortable, with lasting results.

Call us at 866-605-2333 or contact us to learn more about how we can help with your Trazodone withdrawal, Ativan withdrawal, Alprazolam withdrawal, or withdrawal from any other benzodiazepines or sleeping pills.


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