Trazodone dosage: How much is too much?
Trazodone dosage: Important information
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.
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
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Additional Information and webpage by
Licensed Psychologist Ph.D. Candidate
(Health and Geriatric Psychologist)