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582281 tn?1267825796
Trazodone as a sleep aid anyone?
evening  folks.....  not getting  much sleep as of late...Doc  gave me a px  for
Trazodone ...25-50  mg  as needed for sleep...did  some  digging on   some of the side effects...   seem to echo that of the present state of affairs im enjoying ;)   well there was a  time the  possible  4  hour erection would  have been a deal   cincher....but thats another story.. lol
.doc is out of town till  Monday..so am wondering if i do   try to use this as a sleep aid..  can i just  use  nightly ..on  random   nights, ,  as required  or   as the   included  brochure  warns..continue  dosage once begun and   do not   stop  cold turkey without  consulting   dr.....

thnx for any input...my best to all
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206807 tn?1331939784
Well if the Trazodone works well as a sleep aid you can always roll over and use the 4  hour erection for a kick stand to prevent you from falling out of bed.
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1010685 tn?1295036236
I was prescribed Trazodone as a sleep aid before, and was also told I could use it as needed.   I didn't take it every night and did not have any problems.  I think they put that warning on there because it is also used as an antidepressant.  

I would definitely check with the doc though, because I'm not one.

I can't give you any feedback on the other side effect - I had the wrong equipment for that experiment :)
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I have used trazadone before as a sleep aid and it has worked quite well for me.  I believe there is less of a chance of developing an an addiction to it to than taking something like ambien.  The only issue I have run into is that it drys me out, I get cotton mouth the next day.  I also take 50-100mg so it may be cause I take a higher dose.  It also makes me sort of foggy the next day.
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582281 tn?1267825796
thanks   for the replies  folks   have a good weekend
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895634 tn?1283992810
As crude as it sounds, I agree with R Glass.  

Dr. warned me not to take ED drugs with Trazadone.  I took it w/o and ED drugs and was surprised at the "side effect".

Try Ambien, Lunesta. lorazepam instead.

best,

robo
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1116669 tn?1269146866
The priapism side effect is rare. It can be taken sporadically as a sleeping aide. The primary indication for the medication is that of a seratonin targeted antidepressant but these days is used along with restoril as a cost effective, i.e., cheaper sleep aide. It does have anticholinergic side effects (drying) and some nonselective sedation (carries over through the day). d
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