Drug: Desyrel

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The generic name for Desyrel is trazedone and it is mainly used in the treatment of major depressive disorder. It serves other purposes such as managing anxiety, insomnia among patients and chronic distressing physical conditions. This post elaborates on Desyrel including its uses, side effects, and precautions for safe and effective treatment.

What is Desyrel?

Desyrel (Trazodone) belongs to a class of drugs known as serotonin antagonist and reuptake inhibitors (SARIs). It affects chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people with depression which results in improved mood, reduced anxiety, and better sleep.

Uses of Desyrel

In addition to treating major depressive disorder (MDD), desyrel can also be used for numerous other indications such as:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Sleep problems linked to depression, especially in cases where this has been confirmed by a physician
  • Certain chronic pain syndromes
  • Other psychiatric diseases determined by the doctor.

Side Effects of Desyrel

Like any drug, there are potential side effects that could result from using desyrel which can range from mild to severe ones. Common side effects include:

  • Tiredness.
  • Faint dizzy feeling.
  • Mouth dryness.
  • Sick or up-chuck feeling.
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  • Eyesight blurring.
Some of the more significant but less common results may include:
    a) Deteriorating mood or suicidal thoughts
  • Serotonin syndrome
    1. Chest palpitations
    d) Prolonged erection (priapism).

    Precautions and Warnings

    Prior to commencing treatment with Desyrel, make sure that all your medical history is revealed to a doctor, especially if you:

    • Heart conditions
    • Liver or renal illness.
    • Bipolar disorder or mania before.
    • Suffered from priapism earlier on.
    • Epileptic seizures in the past.

    In addition, Desyrel may interact with other drugs; thus it is necessary to inform your healthcare provider of all prescription, non-prescription and herbal medicines you are using.


    Dosage and Administration


    The dose of Desyrel will vary depending on the individual’s condition, response to treatment, and any other medications they may be taking. It usually starts at a lower dose and then increases gradually to reduce side effects as much as possible. The advice of your healthcare practitioner should be followed regarding dosage amount and duration of therapy.


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