- trazodone hydrochloride
POM: Prescription only medicine
The Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) is the leaflet included in the pack with a medicine. It is written for patients and gives information about taking or using a medicine. It is possible that the leaflet in your medicine pack may differ from this version because it may have been updated since your medicine was packaged.
Below is a text only representation of the Patient Information Leaflet. The original can be viewed in PDF format using the link above.
The text only version may be available from RNIB in large print, Braille or audio CD. For further information call RNIB Medicine Leaflet Line on 0800 198 5000. The product code(s) for this leaflet are: PL04425/0609, PL04425/0180, PL17780/0617, PL17780/0618.
Trazodone Hydrochloride 50mg and 100mg Capsules
PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER
TRAZODONE HYDROCHLORIDE 50MG AND 100MG CAPSULES
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine
In this leaflet:
1. What trazodone is and what it is used for
2. Before you take trazodone
3. How to take trazodone
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store trazodone
6. Further information
1. WHAT TRAZODONE IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
The name of your medicine is Trazodone Hydrochloride 50mg or 100mg Capsules (called trazodone in this leaflet). This belongs to a group of medicines called antidepressants.
Trazodone can be used to treat anxiety and depression.
2. BEFORE YOU TAKE TRAZODONE
Do not take this medicine and tell your doctor if:
Do not take this medicine if any of the above applies to you. If you are not sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking trazodone.
Take special care with trazodone
Thoughts of suicide and worsening of your depression or anxiety disorder
If you are depressed and/or have anxiety disorders you can sometimes have thoughts of harming or killing yourself. These may be increased when first starting antidepressants, since these medicines all take time to work, usually about two weeks but sometimes longer.
You may be more likely to think like this:
If you have thoughts of harming or killing yourself at any time, contact your doctor or go to a hospital straight away.
You may find it helpful to tell a relative or close friend that you are depressed or have an anxiety disorder, and ask them to read this leaflet. You might ask them to tell you if they think your depression or anxiety is getting worse, or if they are worried about changes in your behaviour.
Trazodone should not be used in children and adolescents under 18 years of age.
If you are elderly, you may be more prone to side effects, increased caution is necessary especially when taking other medicines at the same time as trazodone or if you have some other diseases.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine if you:
If you are not sure if any of the above applies to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking trazodone.
Taking trazodone and other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines.
This includes medicines you buy without a prescription, including herbal medicines. This is because trazodone can affect the way some other medicines work. Also some medicines can affect the way trazodone work.
Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:
If you are going to have an anaesthetic (for an operation), tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking trazodone.
Taking trazodone with food and drink
You should avoid drinking alcohol while taking trazodone.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Talk to your doctor before taking this medicine if you are pregnant, might become pregnant, or think you may be pregnant.
Taking trazodone in the late stages of pregnancy may lead to your baby experiencing withdrawal symptoms when they are born.
If you are breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medicine.
Driving and using machines
Trazodone may make you feel sleepy or dizzy. If this happens do not drive or use any tools or machines.
Important information about some of the ingredients of trazodone
Trazodone Capsules contain lactose. If you have been told that you cannot digest or tolerate some sugars, talk to your doctor before taking trazodone.
3. HOW TO TAKE TRAZODONE
Always take trazodone exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Taking this medicine
How much to take
Children and adolescents under 18 years should not take trazodone.
If you take more trazodone than you should
If you take more trazodone than you should, tell a doctor or go to a hospital casualty department straight away. Take the medicine pack with you. This is so the doctor knows what you have taken.
The following effects may happen: feeling sick or being sick, feeling sleepy, dizzy or faint, fits (seizures), confusion, breathing or heart problems.
If you forget to take trazodone
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember it. However, if it is nearly time for the next dose, skip the missed dose.
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you stop taking trazodone
Keep taking trazodone until your doctor tells you to stop. Do not stop taking trazodone just because you feel better. When your doctor tells you to stop taking these capsules he/she will help you to stop taking them gradually.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, trazodone can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Stop taking trazodone and see a doctor or go to a hospital straight away if:
Talk to your doctor straight away if you notice the following side-effects:
Below is a list of other side effects that have been reported:
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE TRAZODONE
Keep this medicine in a safe place where children cannot see or reach it.
Do not use trazodone after the expiry date which is stated on the blister and carton after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Store below 30°C in a dry place.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.
6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What trazodone contains
What trazodone looks like and contents of the pack
Trazodone hydrochloride 50mg capsules are violet and green, printed with the Roussel logo on one half and R365B on the other.
Trazodone hydrochloride 100mg capsules are violet and fawn coloured, printed with the Roussel logo on one half and R365C on the other.
Trazodone 50mg Capsules are supplied in blister packs of 84 and 100 capsules.
Trazodone 100mg Capsules are supplied in blister packs of 56 and 100 capsules.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
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This leaflet does not contain all the information about your medicine. If you have any questions or are not sure about anything, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet was last revised in 01/2015
© Zentiva, 2015