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Re: Wht Lexapro often prescribed with Trazodone? Phyl

Posted by Joshua on December 8, 2002, at 13:47:05

In reply to Wht Lexapro often prescribed with Trazodone?, posted by Phyl on December 8, 2002, at 9:55:56

> Can anyone explain why, often, doctors prescribe Lexapro along with Trazodone, as though they belong together? I didn't like Trazodone -- or, at least, I didn't do well with it in combination with 10 mg Lexapro. Instead, I find that Lorezepam helps me fall asleep when I have any problems. I don't notice anyone mentioning Lorezepam. Is there a big difference between Traz. and Lorez? Just curious. Thanks.
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I wasn't aware that was happening with a lot of docs. But my doc offered trazadone to me when he handed me a months worth of lexapro samples. I refused the trazadone because I had a bad experience with it a long time ago.

I think I know why trazadone was offered with lexapro now though. It helps many people with sleep. When I tried the lexapro it totally screwed up my sleep. I was not told that might accure, but my doc obviously knew it. I had to quit the lexapro after a week because I was so sleep deprived. I simply couldn't function.

Trazadone is a novel antidepressant, lorazepam is a benzodiazapine Many many docs won't prescribe benzo's for fear of 'addiction'. What many doc's refuse to accept is that AD's can be just as 'addictive' as benzo's, even more so in some cases, because the pharmaceutical companies are now calling it 'discontinuation syndrome' to avoid the word addiction being associated with AD's. One doesn't have to dig too deep to see this attempt at deception by the pharmaceutical co. Seems to be a lot happening recently concerning this use of terminology and the obvious attempts at deception by the drug manufacturers.

Benzo's aren't especially good sleep aids over the long haul, for most they tend to lose their effectiveness fairly quickly and people need to take more and more of it to sleep. But for some reason benzo's seem not to lose their effeciveness when taken for anxiety disorders as far as dose escalation, once stabilized. Trazadone seems to be effective with help in sleep without the dose escalation that is often needed for the benzo's to continue to be effective. But I had a difficult time when I stopped trazadone. Back then I didn't know jack about tapering AD's.

I'm pretty pissed at my doc for not telling me why he offered the trazodone with the lexapro, but I know why he did that now. I suppose I should have seen the red flag, cause I know about trazadone, but I didn't know lexapro was going to wipe out my sleep the way it did.

Joshua


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