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Methadone and trazodone - what are they?

methadone and trazodone
does any one know anything about these two drugs?
Re: methadone and trazodone
Here's a little something on one of the drugs. I just happen to be reading a very good book.

"The SSRI antidepressants, as well as some other antidepressants such as Wellbutrin and Desyrel (Trazodone) cause Akathisia. In earlier chapters, I described this drug-induced neurological condition that can become a virtual inner torture of irritation and anguish. Akathisia can drive a person toward bizarre and even violent actions. SSRIs can also cause a loosening of inhibition or self-control, leading to unanticipated acts of violence."

The Anti-Depressant Fact Book, by Peter R. Breggin, M.D.
vctry7 Re: methadone and trazodone
My husband used trazodone for several years. He has had insomnia since he was a child. After going through all the quack doctors and finally becoming honest about his drug use, he was given trazodone. The doctor said it given to vietnam vets for insomnia because it was non-addictive. I don't know if that is true, just what the doc said.

All it did was put him to sleep. He didn't get high, just really tired. No side effects. He quit taking it because he wanted to be completely drug free.
Cassandra Re: methadone and trazodone
i was prescribed trazodone a while back for insomnia... I'm not usually one to get hit by side affects, but that stuff messed me up. shy quiet me all of a sudden was constantly frustrated and felt like breaking things.... didn't know why. looked up the common side affects and saw quite a list of anger, depression, suicidal thoughts and all kinds of crap. i don't know how it affects other people, but i got rid of it fast. its now on my list of meds that i am "allergic" to.
Captain24 Re: methadone and trazodone
I almost got arrested for having trazodone in my wallet when I got pulled over. I heard its fairly mild, they hand it out in jails like candy
jes78 Re: methadone and trazodone
methadone is a synthetic opiate used to treat opiate addiction and pain management. it can also be abused. I'm sure others know more about it, i just took it.
kell Re: methadone and trazodone
Methadone is a narcotic pain reliever, similar to morphine. Methadone also reduces withdrawal symptoms in people addicted to heroin or other narcotic drugs without causing the "high" associated with the drug addiction.

Trazodone can be used in the treatment of any type of depression. It is also used to reduce the symptoms of agoraphobia, drug induced insomnia, essential tremor, repetitive screaming, and some pain syndromes.

Re: methadone and trazodone
Trazodone I take for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia so that I can sleep (anti-depressant and pain relief properties). I completely took myself off of it for one year (during college and before I used meth). There were nights I didn't sleep at all and was utterly useless in class the next day. When CFS and Fibro are at bay, I am on as few meds as possible. I hate taking pills.

Being totally honest with my 2 MD's, I went back on Trazodone after quitting meth. After about 2 weeks, I was able to sleep through the night like one should. As the sinus infection brewed, so did my relapse of CFS and Fibro. Some nights it still simply will not allow sleep even with the Trazodone. That's the ugly part of CFS and Fibro--a portion of the ugly anyhow. I prefer them over meth any day.

Each of us have to be very careful with any medication(s). Side effects and allergies can come on with first use, during, or when starting a medicine over again. Cassandra you are wise in putting it in the "allergic" category. Please always read the information brochures that come with any prescription medication.
Re: methadone and trazodone
My boyfriend is on both of those medications, actually he has been on them off and on over the last couple of years. He takes the trazodone for sleep at nighttime and he's on a methadone program for treatment of his heroin addiction. He has no problems with the meds. The trazodone just helps him stay asleep and the methadone helps curb cravings, eliminate withdrawals, and block the effects of additional opiates should he try to use on top of his dose. He had to leave a urine sample today for a drug screen today and it will be clean. So far he's been drug tested 3x's and including this ua he will have 2 of out of 3 clean which is good. He hasn't been using heroin but he was still having trouble with the uppers like crack and speed. He spent the night last night since I'm going to the hospital sometime today to be induced since I'm past my due date. It could be anytime between 5am-10pm so we are just sitting around the house waiting not so patiently.


Hstuerke Re: methadone and trazodone
Hi there. There is a lot to say about Methadone. It helps some and kills others. It's a very DEADLY drug if it isn't prescribed correctly or the person, taking it doesn't know how to take it. My mother, Vicki Stuerke, died on March 28th from an "acute Methadone Overdose". She had gotten the drug from a Methadone clinic, trying to kick heroin and no doubt, get high from it. My mother was 51, she died peacefully in her sleep. Methadone is killing more and more people everyday. If you or a loved one is thinking about taking this drug, PLEASE be careful and know about this med before taking it. It's heart wrenching to lose someone you love to Methadone or any drug for that matter. Good luck.
Cassandra Re: methadone and trazodone
like i said before, i have been prescribed trazodone for insomnia (although it was not drug related insomnia - except for the fact that i couldn't sleep cuz my husband was using...) and it was not good for me, personally.

as for methadone, i have had it only as a pain killer... but i do know that it definitely has the potential to get someone high and can be very addictive... my husband had problems with it in his past.

is a couple years normal for someone to be on methadone? even during recovery? seems like a long time to me...
are you sure he isn't addicted to it?
Penel0pe Re: methadone and trazodone
is a couple years normal for someone to be on methadone? even during recovery? seems like a long time to me...
are you sure he isn't addicted to it?

Methadone is as addictive as heroin, and the withdrawals are just as bad - the half life is longer, I believe.
Trazodone is a tricylic antidepressant that is often used for sleep, not addictive, works well, and often leaves people with something of a "hangover" or sedated feeling for the first few days or week that they use it.

In 27 years of psych nursing, never once have I heard of anyone experiencing akathesia from trazodone. Actually, it is sometimes used as a treatment FOR akathesia. Trazodone has a sedative effect, unlike the restlessness of akathesia.

See also: Temazepam abuse?

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