The primary reason for prescribing Desyrel or generic Trazodone is for treating major depression, a common and serious illness that can occur to anyone, no matter the age, race, or gender. It appears that women are twice as likely to experience depression as men. If you are restless, have a persistent sadness, trouble sleeping, have a loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed, or have thoughts of harming yourself, talk to your doctor about a prescription for Desyrel. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
It is believed that one of the factors of depression is the imbalance of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. These chemicals play major roles in your moods or behaviors, your focus, drive and desires, your sleep cycle, and even heart rate and blood pressure. Many antidepressant drugs, including Desyrel, target 1 or more of these transmitters to correct their balance.
As neurotransmitters, also called chemical messengers, are released by one nerve, they are ‘taken up’ or reabsorbed by another nerve. When taken as directed, Desyrel works on many different receptors in your brain, including serotonin. By inhibiting serotonin from being taken up, it leaves more of serotonin available in your brain. This will help to improve your mood and social behavior, digestion, and sleep.
Many of those with depression, also experience insomnia. It has come to light that Desyrel is also effective at helping you sleep. A natural occurring chemical in your body known as 5-HTP (hydroxytriptan) can boost serotonin levels in your body and is a precursor of melatonin, an important hormone that maintains your internal clock or circadian rhythm.
Depression is very treatable with Desyrel and a bonus when it helps you get the sleep you need. Talk therapy and a good support system consisting of family, friends, and even co workers will raise your mood and help put you back in the game of life.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast feeding before taking Desyrel as it could be harmful to your unborn or nursing baby. Provide information regarding other medical conditions or allergies you have and list any OTC or Rx drugs you currently take or use, including alternative medicine and naturopathic therapies. This will help your doctor determine if Desyrel is the right medicine for you.
Until you know how Desyrel will affect you, restrict any activities that involve operating a vehicle, tools, or machinery. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any meds you take without talking to your doctor first as this could interfere with taking Desyrel. You should not consume any alcohol as Desyrel can increase its effects. Store all medications out of children’s reach and never share them with anyone else.