Question about Trazodone...

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My psychiatrist prescribed Trazodone to help me sleep while I adjust to a new SSRI (Citalopram). I've been taking 25mg or less each night for about three weeks. Now I'm worried that this drug (Trazodone) can create a dependency and withdrawal symptoms that increase anxiety! Does anyone have any experience with this? I feel frustrated that doctors throw these things at us that could potentially create more complications in the long-term. Should someone have told me not to take it every night? I'm so confused.

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    Yup, it can.

    Happened to me.

    I took it for a lot longer though. About 18 months I forgot the dose now.

    BUT, I weaned off it and slowly. I had extreme anxiety. I just had to go through it. I also had a benzo to wean off.

    Not sure which one was worse.

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      Thats interesting. Ive experienced weaning off Xanax over a course of three months and that was suuuper hard. Im sure it might have played into your challenge. Hard to say but Im noticing a good number of people who complain about anxiety/withdrawal post-Trazadone are also on a benzo or trying to get off one. This makes me hopeful that those are huge contributing factors. Every doc has told me Trazodone can be abused but its not addictive.

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      I simply notice that if I don't take it I wake up a lot throughout the night and dream a lot. I just want to sleep through the night or even to just wake up only once would be terrific.

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