The use of trazodone as a hypnotic: a critical review. BACKGROUND: The last few years have seen a remarkable rise in the off-label use of trazodone for inducing sleep in nondepressed patients, to a degree that it is prescribed for this purpose as commonly as the leading hypnotic.
Similarly, is Trazodone a sleeping pill?
A separate drug can then be prescribed for insomnia—either a newer sleep medication or low-dose trazodone. Studies have suggested that trazodone plus another antidepressant can improve sleep in these cases. Alternatively, trazodone might be taken alone, at a higher, antidepressant dose, to treat both problems.
Is trazodone considered a controlled substance?
Is trazodone a controlled substance? It's not classified as a controlled substance in the U.S. but it does require a prescription for its use, and it does also have a potential for abuse, although maybe not as high as with some other drugs that help with sleep.
What type of antidepressant is trazodone?
Trazodone is chemically unrelated to the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), the tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) or the monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAO inhibitors). It is chemically related to nefazodone (Serzone) and shares its actions. Trazodone was approved by the FDA in 1982.