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Taking trazodone. Does it have any long term effects? What are the limits on alcohol use?

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I AM TAKING 50 MG OF TRAZODONE. SHOULD THERE BE ANY LONG-TERM EFFECTS FROM THIS? ALSO, WHAT ARE THE LIMITS ON ALCOHOL USE?
Posted Thu, 31 Oct 2013 in General Health
 
 
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 1 hour later
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it increases the effect of alcohol

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HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

Trazodone is an antidepressant. It can also be used in some anxiety disorders, sedation.

It is normally continued several months after there is a clinical response (this is usually for 6 to 12 months).
In terms of long term problems/side effects, there are potential side effects when the medication is being used however these effects resolve after the course of medication is completed.
If they are intolerable then an alternative may be suggested.

Potential side effects are: altered blood pressure, shortness of breath, fainting, allergic response, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, confusion, headache, insomnia, tremors, decreased libido.

Trazadone would act to enhance or increase the response to alcohol. This means that alcoholic effects would be felt when small amounts are used.

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
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