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Is There A Problem With Taking Trazodone With A Benzodiazepine?

Trazodone is most commonly prescribed off-label as a sleeping pill, although it is actually an antidepressant.  It is often times layered in with a benzodiazepine, such as Ativan, Xanax and Valium, benzodiazepines that become less effective as time passes.  As sleep erodes on a benzodiazepines, Trazodone is often added. Unlike benzodiazepines that alter GABA, Trazodone exerts its action on Serotonin. If you are experiencing issues from your medications or are taking multiple medications, consider regaining your life by addressing Trazodone withdrawal

A Hidden Danger

Trazodone is sedating and it does not stimulate like some antidepressants. Because of this, patients may not consider Trazodone to be addictive or cause dependence. Many do not realize Trazodone can be as challenging as other antidepressants or addictive medications. Also, because it is disguised as a sleeping pill, users may not understand its full effects on the body. Not only is it harmful to the body alone, but coupled with other drugs, such as benzodiazepines, can lead to more issues.

Interactions with Benzodiazepines

Trazodone does have a drug/drug interaction with all benzodiazepines, and this combination can also cause side effects that may include those common with polypharmacy. This means more side effects can occur than would normally be caused by each individual drug.   Yet it is common for Trazodone to be prescribed with a Benzodiazepine, particularly for insomnia, and this combination can provide temporary relief.  At first the pairing of medications provides users with a sense of security and can help initially, but this only lasts a short time as the receptors are further modified.

The Effects

The combination of Trazodone and benzodiazepines can lead to negative effects that include:

  • Breathing suppression or difficult breathing
  • Deepening sleep issues.
  • It also delays your body’s awareness that you are dependent on a benzodiazepine, preventing you from recognizing that the benzodiazepines aren’t working. By the time patients realize it, which will happen because that combination always stops working, they are addicted to two drugs that they now need to taper off of. 

There Is A Better Way

If you have been taking Trazodone to help with symptoms of other medications, there is a better way to find relief. If you have become dependent on multiple medications and want to taper off in a way that is effective and comfortable, you can. With the help of medical professionals, such as at Point of Return, you can achieve lasting success in Trazodone withdrawal and other medication withdrawal.

Our benzodiazepine withdrawal treatment helps patients to taper off their addictive medications by partnering with their doctor and our skilled experts to create a program that can bring lasting results. Call us at 866-605-2333 or contact us to learn more about how we can assist you in your withdrawal journey.




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*The program outlined in Point of Return is not meant to substitute your doctor, instead it is to be utilized with your physician to help you with your drug withdrawal process and with his or her consent and support throughout.

*This program is not meant to cure or prevent any disease or illness.

*Because prescription medications can cause severe withdrawal reactions, do not stop taking any medication without first consulting your physician. The decision to taper any medication should be discussed with your doctor and done with their consent and support throughout.

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