Oleptro

(Trazodone)

3.6/ 5 average rating with 59 reviewsforOleptro
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Improves mood and helps you sleep.

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Our bottom line

Oleptro (Trazodone) works well as a sleep aid, but has more side effects when used at higher doses for treating depression.

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Quick facts about Oleptro
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (trazodone)

Upsides

  • Commonly used in lower doses to help treat sleep problems (insomnia).
  • Safer sleep medication than others (benzodiazepines or Unisom) for people age 65 and older.
  • Fewer sexual side effects than many other antidepressants.
  • Has been used for sleep and depression for a long time. There's a lot of information available about how it works and how safe it is.
  • Comes as a generic medication and is cheaper than many other sleep aides.
  • Six out of ten people who use an antidepressant for the first time find that it works for them.
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Downsides

  • Not as effective as other medications for depression.
  • More sedating than other antidepressants.
  • Causes more side effects when used at higher doses for depression. Includes sleepiness, dizziness, upset stomach, and irregular heartbeat.
  • Like most antidepressants, can cause higher risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior for people age 24 and younger.
  • The first antidepressant you try doesn't always work or it can cause side effects you really don't like. You might need to try a few different medications until you find one that works for you.
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How it works

Oleptro (Trazodone) is a serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SRI) antidepressant. It increases serotonin activity in the brain, which regulates mood.

Quick facts about Oleptro
  • Drug class: Mental health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (trazodone)

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Extended release
People’s experience with Oleptro

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What to expect when you take Oleptro (Trazodone) for Depression

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  • Effectiveness
  • Starts to kick in
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  • Possible side effects
  • Sleepiness
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Stomach problems
  • Tiredness
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Side effect rates for Oleptro (Trazodone)

From 315 clinical trials of Oleptro when taken for depression
  • Somnolence/Sedation
    46%46%
    19%19%
  • Drowsiness
    41%41%
    20%20%
  • Dry Mouth
    34%34%
    20%20%
  • Headache
    33%33%
    27%27%
  • Dizziness/Lightheadedness
    28%28%
    15%15%
  • Dry mouth
    25%25%
    13%13%
  • Dizziness
    25%25%
    12%12%
  • Nausea
    21%21%
    13%13%
  • Headache
    20%20%
    16%16%
  • Blurred Vision
    15%15%
    4%4%
  • Fatigue
    15%15%
    8%8%
  • Nausea/Vomiting
    13%13%
    10%10%
  • Diarrhea
    9%9%
    11%11%
  • Constipation
    8%8%
    6%6%
  • Skin Condition/Edema
    7%7%
    1%1%
  • Fatigue
    6%6%
    3%3%
  • Weight Loss
    6%6%
    3%3%
  • Nasal/Sinus Congestion
    6%6%
    3%3%
  • Abdominal/Gastric Disorder
    6%6%
    4%4%
  • Diarrhea
    5%5%
    2%2%
  • Syncope
    5%5%
    1%1%
  • Musculoskeletal Aches/Pains
    5%5%
    3%3%
  • Tremors
    5%5%
    4%4%
  • Nightmares/Vivid Dreams
    5%5%
    6%6%
  • Weight Gain
    5%5%
    2%2%
  • Back pain
    5%5%
    3%3%
  • Vision blurred
    5%5%
  • Sexual dysfunction
    5%5%
    2%2%
  • Hypotension
    4%4%
  • Incoordination
    2%2%
  • Ejaculation disorders
    2%2%
  • Decreased libido
    2%2%
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Risks and Warnings for Oleptro (Trazodone)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Age 24 years or younger

    Oleptro (Trazodone) may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior. Watch for worsening depression or any unusual changes in mood or behavior, especially during the first few months of treatment or when the dose changes. Report anything concerning to a doctor immediately. Oleptro (Trazodone) is not approved for use in children younger than age 18.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Oleptro (Trazodone)

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Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
FDA pregnancy category for Oleptro
CWeigh risks vs. benefits
Alcohol
  • Worth it
    Some hassle
    Reviewed Oleptroon 8/12/2017❗️DO NOT MIX WITH ALCOHOL. 🍸
    26
    Woman
    A month or so
    Insomnia
Sleep
  • Not sure
    Some hassle
    Reviewed Oleptroon 8/26/2017Worked for sleep, not so much for depression
    25
    Man
    A couple weeks
    Depression
  • Not worth it
    Big hassle
    Reviewed Oleptroon 6/12/2017It can make you sleepy all day (but not help you sleep at night). Beware of the (potentially extreme) drowsiness before taking on your normal daily activities.
    19
    Woman
    A month or so
    Insomnia
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed OleptroDrowsy in morning
    58
    Woman
    Two years or more
    I took it for: insomnia