Desyrel (Trazodone Hydrochloride)
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Desyrel is the brand name for the generic drug trazodone hydrochloride. This drug is available in the form of tablets. Desyrel is an antidepressant. Desyrel is available in strengths of 150 mg and 300 mg in the Dividose design so that they can be divided into three equal doses easily. With that the 150 mg tablet can be divided into three 50 mg tablets and the 300 mg tablet can be divided in to three 100 mg tablet.
Treatment of adults with Desyrel can be started with a 150mg dose per day. This dose can be divided into three doses as suggested by your doctor. It is necessary to check that the maximum dosage in a day doesn't exceed 400 mg/day for outpatients and 600 mg for inpatients.
Maintenance dosage should always be kept at the minimum. For this you have to check with your doctor and follow his recommendations.
Antidepressants have the quality of inducing suicidal thinking in the patients. Hence patients who are taking this medication should be closely monitored for change in behavior. It is necessary that the caretakers and immediately family members of the patient be informed about this expected behavior in the patient. This drug should not be given to pediatric patients.
Adverse effects upon using Desyrel vary with the dosage given to the patient and the patientís response to the medication. The judgment of the doctor regarding the condition of the patient and hence the dosage given plays an important role in the side effects of using Desyrel. Blurred vision, constipation, hypertension, anger, confusion, drowsiness, fatigue, insomnia, nervousness, gastric disorders, diarrhea, nausea, decreased libido, red eyes, itching, heavy head, weight gain or weight loss are some of the side effects of using Desyrel.
Drug interactions are possible when you take Desyrel with certain drugs like Ritonavir. It is necessary that you reveal the other drugs that you take to your doctor so that they can adjust the dosage accordingly or suggest other drugs.
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