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Q: - Can Trazodone be prescribed for bipolar?

 Can Trazodone be prescribed for bipolar 1? After being diagnosed with bipolar 1, I had a horrible experience with Prozac and Depakote (anxiety, insomnia, sexual dysfunction)...was scared away from meds altogether. After a few months, a friend suggested I try Trazodone- Over a seven-day period, I took one 50 mg. tablet (yes, I checked out the side effects online) each day. I slept GREAT, no bad effects, no depression or manic episodes, even my classic anger was gone. The only byproduct was feeling slightly groggy for three days, which faded gradually. Should I ask my doctor about a trial prescription (legit, this time)?

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ForeverBp, Community Member
5/ 4/09 8:01pm

Ray, I am bipolar 2 and have experienced insomnia most of my life. However, I began to take Trazadone 75mg about 5 years ago and along with Klonopin sleep very well as long as i take my meds. i also take a mood stabilizer. So, yes ask your doc about it and be honest that you have already tried it. Just a bit of advice tho. It's a REALLY bad idea to try meds not prescribed to you. If your doc is not willing to work you through getting the right meds for you, find a new doc. It took 3 years to find the right 'cocktail' for me. Actually, sleep deprivation can bring on Mania!

Jenni, Community Member
5/ 4/09 1:21pm

Hi Ray,


Some medical websites warn people with Bipolar Disorder to refrain from taking Trazodone. I have read other articles that tell of Trazodone being a successful treatment for Bipolar Disorder. The Trazodone might be helping with sleep problems more than with the manic-depressive part of the disease. Some doctors also refrain from prescribing Trazodone for men due to a possible serious side effect called Priapism. I would suggest that you don't continue taking it until you've seen a physician. You might consider a psychiatrist if you aren't seeing one now. They have the most up to date information on mental disorders.


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By restless Ray, Community Member— Last Modified: 05/04/14, First Published: 05/02/09