Trazodone is widely prescribed as a sleep aid, although it is indicated for depression, not insomnia.
Trazodone produced small but significant impairments of short-term memory, verbal learning, equilibrium, and arm muscle endurance across time points.30 May 2011
Can trazodone cause dementia?
They found that the incidence of dementia in trazodone users was higher than in matched users of other antidepressants. The median time to dementia diagnosis in trazodone users was 1.8 years. “Our findings suggest that trazodone is unlikely to protect against dementia,” study coauthor Wallis C. Y.20 Feb 2019
Is trazodone safe for long term use?
As far as is known, trazodone is safe for long-term use. Some people with severe or chronic depression or insomnia may use trazodone for extended periods.
What are the long term side effects of trazodone?
Commonly reported side effects of trazodone include: blurred vision, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, nausea, vomiting, and xerostomia. Other side effects include: syncope, edema, ataxia, confusion, diarrhea, hypotension, insomnia, sedated state, and tachycardia.19 Jan 2019
Does Trazodone have anticholinergic effects?
Trazodone causes significantly fewer anticholinergic side effects than does imipramine. The usual adult daily dose of trazodone hydrochloride is 150-400 mg given in two divided doses. Trazodone is an effective antidepressant with a low incidence of serious adverse effects.