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.
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.
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.
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 does trazodone do to your brain?
Trazodone is an oral antidepressant drug that affects the chemical messengers (neurotransmitters) within the brain that nerves use to communicate with (stimulate) each other. This results in more serotonin to stimulate other nerves. Trazodone also may increase directly the action of serotonin.