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Trazodone dosage: Important information

Trazodone dosage  HCl 100 mgYour Trazodone dosage should be taken with or shortly after a meal or snack to reduce any dizziness or lightheadedness or to lessen stomach upset. Your Trazodone dosage should always be taken precisely as recommended by your doctor without deviation to gain the maximum benefit of this depression medicine. Some patients have reported that it may take as long as four weeks before you begin to feel better although some report improvement within two weeks.

Trazodone dosage: Specific amounts

Although your dose of Trazodone may be different from other individuals, you need to follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label of your medication. The following information includes only the average Trazodone dosages. If your dose is different always follow exactly what your doctor tells you to do.

Adult Trazodone dosage

The usual starting dosage is 50 mg per dose taken three times a day or 75 mg per dose taken two times a day. Your physician may increase the dosage as he or she believes will benefit your condition.

Children’s dosage

For children up to the age of six years old, dosage should be determined by your doctor. For children between the ages of six and 18 years old, your doctor will determine the oral dosage to be taken based upon your body weight.

Trazodone dosage for the elderly

The usual starting dosage is 25 mg per dose taken three times a day. Your doctor may than increase your dosage as needed.

Storage of Trazodone:

Always keep this depression medication out of the reach of children, away from heat and direct sunlight. You should never store this medicine in the bathroom or other damp area or near any type of heat or moisture, which may cause this medication to break down. Also, you should never keep this or any other medication any longer than needed. Be sure that any discarded medicine is out of the reach of children.

Missed Trazodone dosage:

If you ever miss your Trazodone dosage you need to take it as soon as possible. However, if it is within four hours of your next dosage you will need to get back on your regular routine schedule. Never take double doses of Trazodone or any other medication for that matter.

Information adapted from Consumer Reports Consumer Drug Reference

Medication picture by permission of Drugs.Com

Additional Information and webpage by Paul Susic  MA Licensed Psychologist   Ph.D. Candidate  (Health and Geriatric Psychologist)  

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