Benefits and Risks of Trazodone for Fibromyalgia

trazodone for fibromyalgia

Trazodone for fibromyalgia is said to be effective in treating the most common symptoms of the chronic pain syndrome. Trazodone is a type of antidepressant that promotes the production of serotonin. As a result, the medication can help to elevate ones mood, restore normal sleep patterns and counteract pain.

How Does Trazodone Help Fibromyalgia?

According to research, Trazodone can help to enhance quality of sleep. Not only that, it helps to improve cognitive function and lucidity. It also diminishes the symptoms of depression and anxiety. However, researchers sparked major concerns regarding the potential side effects of the medicine.

According to clinical and controlled studies conducted by experts, Trazodone is as effective as antidepressant medications. However, studies revealed some alarming side effects and one of it is heart condition.

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  1. I took trazadone beginning several years and had good results. At about the first of the year, I noticed a slight involuntarily movement in my index finger. It got so bad that I could not type on my computer.
    Currently I am taking melelonin to help me with sleep.

  2. says: Susan M. Hensoldt

    I have taken the lowest dose of trazodone for over 10 years. It helps me sleep. I won’t be without it. I take none other prescription s…

    1. says: Sue Jones

      I have also taken a low dose of trazodone for 10 years or so. I get a good night’s sleep, but if I don’t take it, I wake up in pain and can’t fall back asleep.

  3. says: Norma

    I used to take it every day about 7 years ago. However, I stopped because I was on the highest mg and still didn’t help to make me sleep. It did lift my mood for the most part. But, it made me feel hungry all of the time. Especially at night. It was like I couldn’t get enough to eat. I was gaining weight, like 20 lbs. I stopped taking it, on my own. Not all at once, I wean myself off of it. But I have a low dose that I take now and it does help me to sleep. Maybe that many years ago I was going through a lot of things, I guess that’s why it didn’t really help me like it does now.

  4. says: Christina

    I have not had a good experience with Trazodone. I was prescribed this medication in March of 2017 to help me sleep. I took it for about a month and a half, before I completely stopped taking it. I took myself off of it because I had begun having horrible abdominal pain(similar to labor pains) and still did not have much improvement with my sleep. I do not know if the Trazodone is the actual cause of my initial pain, but I did not have any other changes in my diet or lifestyle to relate to this unbearable pain. I had tried different pain relievers, with only little success in finding relief of this pain, and even went to the Emergency Room for treatment. I also had to give up a really good job, because of my worsening health condition. After having a laparoscopic surgery at my OB-GYN, a Colonoscopy at my Gastroenterologist, trying numerous GI and pain medications, trying the FOD-MAP diet, and more unbearable symptoms, I have finally gotten some answers in September 2018. I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and Interstitial Cystitis, all conditions that have been reported to coincide together. I have just started Lyrica and hope to have better results with battling my pain, headaches, fever feelings, dizziness, excessive sweating, fatigue, nausea, and continued trouble sleeping. Like I said, I don’t know for sure if the Trazodone is to blame for the beginning of all of this, but I also don’t think it is a coincidence that my abdominal pain improved for a short time after stopping the medication. My life has been completely turned upside down as a result of these medical conditions over the last year and a half, and I have decided that I am going to read about all side effects with new drugs that I start taking. If there is anything you take away from this comment, I hope you take my advice to read the fine print to know what could possibly happen after taking a new medication, especially one that is an antidepressant prescribed for sleep problems.

  5. says: Janet

    I have been taking trazodone at bedtime for probably 28 years. I have been prescribed it for sleeping. My past and present 30 years fibromyalgia Pain has robbed me of any sleeping pattern. With trazodone I sleep.

  6. says: Diane

    I woke up on Wednesday am with the most excruciating pain in my back above the waist been to doc an hospital they are not sure what it is. Has anyone had the same.
    Bless you. Diane

    1. says: Sally paulos

      Diane did you find out what the back pain you had was from? Back pain a little below the waist and to the left side usually is a symptom of a urinary tract infection.( U.T.I.) And were you taking trazodone?

  7. says: A.Kee

    I have been taking Trazodone now for about 4/5months to help me sleep & to help with my anxiety. I think it’s an amazing drug… my sleeping is sooo much better & it has definitely helped with my anxiety. I can’t say it’s helped any with my fibromyalgia pain… but I have other drugs that I take that helps with the pain. I would definitely recommend Trazodone…

  8. says: Robin

    I took trazodone several years ago as a sleep aid. Over time the dose would be increased as the usefulness would wear off. I was taking a pretty high dosage at the end when I began to have suicidal ideations, when I realized what was causing this reaction I trashed my remaining pills. I also had a friend who had taken trazodone for depression, he too had suicidal ideations and was hospitalized. His experience was prior to mine which helped me to realize my situation so quickly. Now I warn everyone about this medication.

    1. says: Shelley

      I can take it like it’s M & M’s. Doesn’t help.
      Cymbalta doesn’t help.
      Lyrica doesn’t help. Bacoflyn doesn’t help.
      Being sent back to pain management hell.

      Just tired. I have lost just about everything. No job no money . Health sucks . Ready to give up

  9. says: Jacqueline J Rugama

    I experience execive weight gain and feeling of confusion, it did not take the pain away , i was able to go right back to sleep after been awakened by the pains , the side effects were to bad for me i took mu swlf of it years later i was diagnose with congested heart failure had 2 blockege.

  10. says: Devona

    I’ve been taking trazodone for over 20 years. For most of that time, I also took clonazepam. Together, I fell asleep and stayed asleep, getting up refreshed with little to no pain. However, with recent government involvement in our choices, I couldn’t find a doctor who would prescribe clonazepam. I weaned myself off over 4 months. Since only taking trazodone for sleep, I don’t sleep as well or as long as I used to. Now I wake up every day still feeling tired and in pain. The government has made it impossible for me to be adequately treated.

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