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Drug Ratings for TRAZODONE HCL

Average Rating: 3.0 (111 Ratings)

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 5  insomnia None works well put me out could,the next morning I am fine. F 36 4 weeks
100
8/20/2013

 5  Insomnia for 9 years I had insomnia for years after working night shift. I had finally switched to day shift and my normal cocktail of Benadryl, melatonin, ambien, and Xanax were no longer working. After not sleeping for 5 days straight I finally got put on trazodone. With the first couple of doses I did feel like I was short of breath with a racing pulse. I also had and still do have increased thirst. I am finally able to sleep! I now get 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night. I feel amazing and I feel that this medicine has given me my life back!!! F 30 2 months
100mg
5/12/2013

 5  insomnia none F 71 15 years
200mg 1X D
12/28/2012

 5   I requested this because after years on Ambien, then Ambien CR the past 2 years, I wanted something that would not need to be increased due to tolerance, and did not WANT to take Ambien for the addictive reasons which I've had. I do get a stuffy nose, and dry mouth, red eyes, and have the detailed dreams, but once I wake up and have my first cup of coffee, I do feel better! I definitely helps me sleep better than the Ambien did-although Ambien helped me "fall asleep" faster. My eye doctor put me on Restasis eye drops for the redness (he said he HAD heard of the redness from the Traz) and it helps a little. All in all I can live with these symptoms knowing that the alternative (and I literally have pretty much tried EVERyTHING for insomnia) is not something I want to live with! I feel "free" for the first time in years not being a slave to Ambien!!! My Dr told me I could take 1/2 (25 MG) up to 2 (100 MG). The 100 mg dose cused worse dreams-so I cut it back to 75, then 50 and even cut a tablet so I was taking 3/4 of a 50 mg tablet. I get sleep with the smaller dose, and my dreams are not as bad. Best of all, I tell myself in the morning that I DID sleep obviously because I had dreams! That really helps me mentally to know I got sleep--which I will take over not sleeping at all any day!!! F 48 2 months
1X D
9/21/2012
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 5  For sleep,tension attitude More libido unusually horny,sexually aroused imagining having sex thoughts of course woman :) I'm straight !!!! Helps with sleep in 30-45 minutes,regardless with or without food...!!! M 10 days
25 MG
6/5/2012
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 5  insomnia due to bupropion drowsiness, dizziness This drug worked TOO well. It was wonderful for sleep, but the two times I took it, the next day I felt like a zombie. I couldn't wake up and felt dizzy all day. Won't be taking it again since I need to be able to function at work. F 33 2 days
25 mg 1X D
8/21/2011
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 5  Insomnia I am always tired but unfortunately some of that is just me. Even though I am always tired, it beats the heck out of laying awake all night for years worry about things. I was a complete wreck because of no sleep. I really wish that I didnt experience the fatigue like I do but Ambien was worse and talk about crazy dreams. F 47 4 years
25 1X D
6/6/2011

 5  Insomnia, Anxiety, Depression dry mouth, difficulty waking up if less than six hours have passed since taking This has been a fantastic drug for me! Before, it would take me over an hour to fall asleep, and now I'm out like a light in half an hour. On the down side, I can't take it if I'm going to be getting less than six hours of sleep, otherwise I won't be able to wake up as fast, and often I'll fall right back asleep and not remember conversations. Otherwise, it's fantastic! F 20 5 months
150 1X D
5/20/2011

 5  unable to sleep about 10 to 15 minutes after taking this I feel slightly dizzy if I'm still standing, but I now take it immediately before getting in bed for the night F 63 13 years
50 mg 1X D
1/10/2011
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 5  To help me sleep I can feel a little bit of a hangover in the morning but I think some of that is just the way I am. I always have a tired feeling inside. It works for me. Makes me weary within 15 or 20 minutes of taking it. I've used other sleep medications in the past and those tended to stay with me on into the daylight morning hours which was not desirable. It still happens with this one to some degree but not nearly as much. M 60 4 years
150 MG 1X D
9/19/2010
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 5  Insomnia Depression worse for about 1 week I am taking 100 mg trazodone, .5 mg Xanax, 8 mg rozerem and 50 mg Imipramine to sleep. I am having to retrain my brain how to sleep again. It made my depression worse for about 1 week but after that I was good on it. I still wake up 2-3 times a night but least I am sleeping 5 hours straight. F 37 2 years
100 mg 1X D
7/5/2010
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 5  sleep problems none. First week of my medication I was taking 100 mg and exerienced uncomfortable side effects; dizziness, nausea, daytime drowsiness, stiff neck.. Since then, I break my pill in half and take it twenty minutes before i want to sleep. Trazodone works great, I fall asleep easy and comfortably. Make sure you take this routinely, if I miss a dose I'm a wreck the next day. This drug is also intended anxiety and depression. I've seen minor improvements with that, possibly because of my 6-8 hours of sleep.. :) F 26 7 months
50 mg 1X D
2/28/2010
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 5  Inability to fall asleep; anxiety None, that I'm aware of, but am wondering (after reading these reviews) if weight gain is one. Am taking other meds, so could be a combination. Have been taking depression meds for years, but started having trouble sleeping following a family tragedy. Have taken different anti-depressants, but stick to one 50 mg. Trazodone tablet nightly, and continue to have good results. I haven't needed to increase the dosage for the same results. I agree with whomever wrote that you need to go to bed within one hour of taking it, though. After that, the effects seem to wear off, and it becomes more difficult to go to sleep. F 65 6 years
12/11/2009
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 5  insomnia No side effects I began taking it about a month ago at 50mg. It has aided in helping me fall asleep and stay asleep. I awake feeling refreshed and well rested. I have tried other sleep aids and this one is the best out of Ambien and the others. I feel no addiction to it and haven't any undesired effects. F 39 30 days
9/16/2009

 5  Took to help fall asleep Hard to say; I am taking other drugs as well and not sure which drug causes what. I've been taking 50mg of Trazodone before going to bed for many years. It really puts me out quickly but wears off during the night. My problem is falling asleep, not staying asleep; I'm not sure if it would help with waking up in the early morning. I've generally felt awake in the a.m. F 60 11 years
7/11/2009

 5  Insomnia Occasional low blood pressure (i.e. grogginess or headaches) I take 50 mg every night, and some evenings take an additional 25 mg. Trazodone has definitely changed my life for the better! Sleep "aids" don't help me at all, but trazodone is amazing. The only problem is if I wake up too soon (fewer than 8 hours) or take a little too much, I feel the effects of lower blood pressure (grogginess and headaches). F 21 3 years
12/19/2008

 5  generalized anxiery/some OCD DIMINSHED OCD ENTIRELY AND ANXIETY 95% INCREASED BREAST SIZE-B TO C+ CUP INCREASED LIBIDO!!!!!!!!! THE SMALLER THE DOSE, THE BETTER-ONLY TAKE 12.5-25 MG/DAY TOO HIGH A DOSAGE MITIGATES NICE SIDE EFFECTS AND INCREASES WEIGHT AND CASUES STUFFY NOSE AND DRY EYE F 45 6 years
6/21/2008

 5  sleep problems due to bipolar No side effects at all - I take 150 mgs at night to sleep and get a great night's sleep as opposed to the old sleeping about 3 - 4 hours a night. Now, I sleep about 8 hrs. M 31 1 years
6/12/2008
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 5  fibromyalgia, insomnia Took 50 mg the first night and the next morning woke up with no pain. Felt refreshed and clear-headed for the first time in months. Now take 100 mg and sometimes need to up it to 150 mg for a few nights. Don't stop taking this medicine suddenly. If I miss even 1 night I have withdrawal symptoms by mid-day. Take your time and taper slowly if you need to stop. F 39 7 years
2/5/2008

 5  Insomnia None really, but you really need about 9 hours to sleep or you feel really groggy in the morning The medicine has changed my life. I can now sleep and feel good in the mornings. F 46 4 years
1/13/2008

 5  sleep trouble due to bipolar mania None. This drug is awesome for sleep disorders. It worked well, I took 50 mg and sometimes took 100 mg if necessary. F 33 3 years
11/10/2007

 5  sleep This medicine works great to get me to sleep. F 31 5 years
2/19/2007

 5  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome If I don't IMMEDIATELY go to sleep, I become ravenously hungry. Like a miracle for me. Tremendously improved the quality of my life. I'm able to sleep through the night, no longer just at "hover" level. F 45 2 years
1/15/2006

 5  insomnia / depression No side effects. Felt good in the morning after sleep. Taking 50mg 30m before bedtime. No trouble falling asleep. Wake up only once instead of every hour on the hour. Easy to fall back asleep if I do wake up. M 34 2 weeks
5/29/2005

 5  Anxiety/Panic Amazing no side affects except the ones i was taking it for(sleep). I got a good night sleep and was finally able to relax. F 21 4 days
1/22/2005

 5  Anxiety/Panic Amazing no side affects except the ones i was taking it for(sleep). I got a good night sleep and was finally able to relax. F 21 4 days
1/22/2005

 4  Insomina & Anxiety No side effects. This drug has been a miracle drug for me. I fall asleep quickly and the am less anxious overall. Nonetheless, I am considering discontinuing trazodone. In Dec 2012 I started to have some GI issues (not related to trazodone) and my doctor asked me to have a CAT scan. Results show that I now have a fatty liver (it was normal a year before). My liver enzymes are NOT elevated, so my doctor is not concerned. He says fatty liver is very common among Hispanics (I am Cuban American) and not to worry. I have read reports about trazodone and liver toxicity and wonder if anyone else has been diagnosed with fatty liver. My brother has been on trazodone for over 20 years and also has a fatty liver (and is diabetic). Anyone believe trazodone can cause liver toxicity? F 47 2 years
.25 - .50 1X D
4/21/2013
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 4  insomnia Pretty good, taking half a pill everyday. Used to take a whole pill, but it knocked me out and it was hard to wake up in the morning. F 15 1 years
half
1/20/2013

 4  insomia due to fibromajia Weird dreams an hard to get going next morning. But it helps me fall asleep an stay asleep only thing that ever has F 22 3 months
50
11/8/2012

 4  for the high 1 days
11/8/2012

 4  insomnia odd dreams, notice that with the higher dose, 50mg vs 25mg, i feel much more awake in the am and don't have the "hangover" feeling........any insight to this? Only takes a half hour to go to sleep versus well over an hour. Only wake 1-2 times and can fall back asleep more easily. Also, find more clarity of thought in the daytime hours. This is life changing for me...........difficulty getting to sleep and would wake 3-4 times a night with great difficulty in falling back asleep. I am taking Fluoxetine (prozac) and find no trouble in adding this to my routine. F 52
50mg 1X D
3/31/2012
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 4  Depression/anxiety and insomnia If I don't go to sleep within an hour I start to feel a bit I'll, but other than that none. F 32 1 months
50 mg 1X D
8/12/2011
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 4  Insomnia Dizzy about 15-20 minutes after taking the pill. Sometimes still very sleepy from the medication the next morning. Very good sleeping pill. Knocks me out in about 25 min. I take it most nights but it's especially helpful for the insomnia I get starting a few days before and during my period. F 31 2 months
150 MG 1X D
3/7/2011
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 4  Depression This medication certainly isn't without side effects (but it's been said that any medication that does not have side effects, likely will not work)! Here we go: dry mouth, sedation, improved quality of sleep, constipation, increased appetite, feeling out of it all the next day, increased libido, increased frequency and quality of erections and ability to reach orgasm (no complaints about that one), dry eyes and occasional minor visual disturbances. As with most medications, the side effects are most noticeable at first and when the dose is increased. The good news is that if you take it easy and go up relatively slowly, most of these side effects will diminish with the passage of time (although I'm still going up to a max of 600 so I will likely have to deal with them for a while longer every time I increase the dose). I'm writing this primarily for those that might be researching this drug and are just starting or are considering trying it for depression related conditions. I asked my doctor to consider it since through my reasearch I learned that it was related to Nefazodone (which I did very well on for years before it was pulled from the Canadian market). This drug is classified as an SARI (serotonin antagonist reuptake inhibitor), which is to say that it is both a serotonin antagonist (a lower doses) and a serotonin reuptake inhibitor at high enough doses. This makes the way it works different from any other available antidepressant (except for Nefazadone, which is essentially an improved version of Trazodone that is still available generically in the States (wish it was available in Canada). It's brand name (Serzone) was discontinued after several less than convicing reports of liver failures requiring transplants ( the risk is something like 1 in 250 000 and I would take it again in a heartbeat). Some of the advantages of Trazodone over much more popular drugs such a Prozac, Zoloft, Effexor ect... are that it actuall has no detrimental effect on the quality of sleep (something which the SSRI's and SNRI's definetly mess with). It has a strong calming feeling so it could be good for certain people who struggle with anxiety and have trouble sleeping (it is not addictive or habit forming). Most importantly for me anyway, it has considerably less sexual side effects as compared to m M 42 5 weeks
400mgs 1X D
1/21/2011

 4  sleep great drug. BUT painful 4 hour erections in the am M 40 6 months
1X D
6/16/2010

 4  insomnia F 50 3 years
12/28/2009

 4  For severe insomnia. Dry mouth, foggy feeling in the morning. The side effects haven't been too bad. It has actually made me less of an emotional wreck F 50 4 years
9/27/2009

 4  insomnia At first I had major grogginess throughout the day on the initial 25mg dose. I had to increase up to 50mg after just a few days to get the same effect as the 25mg. I am still kind of new to Trazodone. It's mixed with my cocktail of depression drugs, rls medicine, and an anti-arrhythmic (Wellbutrin XL, Cymbalta, Klonopin, Sotalol). If I don't get to bed within an hour of taking the 50mg pill I pass out on the couch. I'm still trying to train myself to get to bed by 11pm or midnight but I have a lifetime of anxiety around trying to fall asleep and failing. I also have a CPAP machine for sleep apnea that was added just after I started the Trazodone. I wake up several times during the night still and I don't know why. M 39 2 months
9/24/2009

 4  depression, insomnia Temporarily stuffed-up nose (occasional); as someone else mentioned, go to bed right after taking or the window will close and you'll be wide awake. Make sure you have a good 9 hours to sleep or you wake up groggy. One interesting side effect: completely killed tolerance for alcohol. As a formerly heavy drinker, this doesn't bother me one bit--tho it would be nice to enjoy a glass of wine once in awhile. Can't do it anymore! Any alcohol causes splitting headache and indigestion. F 48 2 years
9/7/2009

 4  Insomnia It seems to work well for me I rarely have trouble sleeping when I take it. My doctor and I have recently decided to up my dosage to a point where it may be useful for my depression. I will likely have a whole new view on the drug after using it for 2 years as purely a sleep medicine. M 25 2 years
1/12/2009

 4  insomnia Brain fog perhaps...I'm trying to figure out if it's from this med or the fosinipril or just due to menopause. Also, reduced hot flashes and made hair GROW! This drug had some GREAT unexpected side effects for me including elimination of hot flahes and making my hair GROW nice and thick again! I stopped taking it in November and my hot flashes were awful and my hair was falling out. Has anyone else expienced brain fog with this med? The positive side effects are so good that I hate to stop taking it. F 53 6 months
12/17/2008

 4  insomnia initially, increased insomnia. Instead of awakening after only 2 or 3 hours of sleep I could not get to sleep at all. lowering the dose from 100 mg to 25 mg stopped the insomnia and now I usually sleep through the night. I have found that several of the generic brands do not work for me. My pharmacist was willing to try different kinds and I have found that the tiny sized pills work, but the larger ones do not. Perhaps I am sensitive to some fillers like talc or something? I don't know. F 46 2 years
11/11/2008
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 4  insomnia, depression Sinuses clogged up 1/2 hour after taking it, but were clear the next morning. Slept great, but woke up groggy and had blurred vision. Felt a little disoriented and stayed sleepy all day. Also made me hungry. It worked great for the insomnia so I will probably continue taking it and maybe just lower the dose to see if that helps decrease the side effects. F 28 1 days
6/3/2008

 4  Insomnia I have had insomnia all my life, and a few years back my doctor prescribed Trazodone. Initially just 1 pill knocked me on my butt. Now I take 4 pills every night to sleep (200 mg?) But then again, I have a tremendously hard time sleeping. I could not sleep without it. F 39 6 years
10/16/2007

 4  insomnia No side effects Started with 50mg and then went to 100mg. Then it stopped working and they switched me to Seroquel and now I am sleeping like a baby and acting like a Zombie during the day. F 53 10 years
4/2/2007

 4  Insomnia Increased libido? I'm horny as hell, but I don't know if it's the pills. 25 mg. Calming of racing thoughts at bedtime corellated with start of treatment M 34 1 years
3/8/2006

 4  Deppression, anxiety and insomnia lethargy, sluggishness, vivid/disturbing dreams, decrease in libido, dry mouth and constipation. I began taking trazodone about 8-9 months ago after being admitted to hosp following a suicide attempt. The knock-out effect allowed me to finally get a sleep although i didn't feel refreshed. But the rest did stabalize my mood somewhat. and now 8 months on the doctor is talking about taking me off it completly. I'm really worried about this as i have built up my life since i was in hosp and now have so much to lose again if my low moods resurface and overpower me. New job, relationship, home etc... I've found the side effects to be a major pain but since this drug is keeping my head above water i think it's worth it. F 23 9 months
6/9/2005
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 4  Deppression, anxiety and insomnia lethargy, sluggishness, vivid/disturbing dreams, decrease in libido, dry mouth and constipation. I began taking 300mg trazodone at night about 8-9 months ago after being admitted to hosp following a suicide attempt. The knock-out effect allowed me to finally get a sleep although i didn't feel refreshed. But the rest did stabalize my mood somewhat. and now 8 months on the doctor is talking about taking me off it completly. I'm really worried about this as i have built up my life since i was in hosp and now have so much to lose again if my low moods resurface and overpower me. New job, relationship, home etc... I've found the side effects to be a major pain but since this drug is keeping my head above water i think it's worth it. F 23 9 months
6/9/2005
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 4  Dysthmia vivid dreams during the first month M 41 90 days
12/19/2004

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4/30/2004

 4  SLEEP
1/3/2004

 3  Depression/Anixety/Panic/Insomnia Nostalgic, Lethargic, Low emotions I first started taking Trazodone in 2012, back then when I was taking it everything was fine. ME being me I stopped taking it due to wanting to manage on my own. But as my mood swings worsted and insomnia got worse I have had to go back on Trazodone. Now I just feel like complete and utter crap and it's heightened alot of my negative feelings, Should also put in I started on 50mg to 100mg and soon to be going upto 150mg although that is not recommended. So I would say it helps in a certain aspect but in everyday life not so much. F 21 2 years
100MG 1X D
7/2/2014
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 3  Severe Insomnia Slight nausea and lethargy upon waking, headaches, yawning I was prescribed Trazodone HCL at 50 mg for insomnia, but it has a bonus of helping with my Major Depressive Disorder and Anxiety/Panic Disorder, which it is actually indicated for. An also added bonus is that it is not a benzodiazepine (which I have used two types of--Xanax and Restoril), but a tricyclic antidepressant, and is purported to be non-addictive per discussions in an addiction treatment website ( trazodone is used to help addicts cope with withdrawal). I took Xanax for anxiety/panic attacks but had to taper off of it due to hypotension (withdrawal was PURE AGONY), so taking a tricyclic antidepressant is doing well so far. Thus far at 50 mg, it is not doing much to help with insomnia, but I have only taken it for four days, and good affect is reached at two weeks. I have been told to take it one hour before going to bed, but I am going to dose at two hours to see if it will work better. F 49 4 days
50 1X D
5/15/2014

 3  Insomnia None I was prescribed Trazodone after dealing with a bout of insomnia that required some medical attention. The first few months of taking it, it did help me fall asleep faster, but I am not convinced it was just the medication. I think some of it could have been psychological. It never made me feel overly sedated and I could stay up for hours after taking it if I wanted to. A month ago, I decided I would try to stop using it since I debated whether it actually did much of anything, and I quit cold turkey. Do not ever do this. The second night without it, I had what I can only describe as severe panic attacks and sweating, nausea, shakes, etc. I quickly realized it was withdrawal. All the literature I'd read on it said it should not be this severe. Well, it was. I also did not sleep for four days and would sweat profusely throughout the day. I finally gave in on the fifth day and took it at night and slept for 12 hours. I know to wean off it slowly next time (but for now I am just going to keep taking it). M 28 1 years
50 1X D
3/16/2013
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 3  Insomnia I was prescribed to this for insomnia... after taking 50mg at night, I was so dizzy the next mornings and it dragged on to the afternoon. I couldn't maintain my normal work-out routine without giving up in the middle of it because I was mentally and physically drained for no reason. The biggest difference in me is my loss of appetite. I usually eat everything in sight but now I'm only eating about 1000 cals a day which is causing me to be even more dizzy. I am going to start cutting the pills in half to see if this helps. F 21 3 days
50 1X D
10/16/2012

 3  Insomnia None My doctor prescribed this for insomnia and while I guess it helped somewhat, it wasn't something I'd rave about, either. I thought it was the dosage, as 50 MG seems like a small amount and my sister used to take 300 MG for her insomnia. The good news is that I had no side effects. Eventually, due to its lack of effectiveness on me, I asked my doctor to switch me to something with a bit more "kick" and he put me on another medication. Maybe it would have worked better at a higher dosage. M 27 5 months
50 MG 1X D
9/13/2012
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 3  Insomnia Dizziness,fainting,hangover feeling nextday, and heavy feeling I passed out twice and hurt my damn self on this stuff. M 16 3 weeks
50-300 7X W
2/28/2012
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 3  Insomnia Dry mouth, congestion and sometimes crazy dreams or nightmares, sometimes nausea, and a few other things. Oh, sometimes made me sleepy very, very quickly! Different generics though had way different side effects, see my additional comments Ok, PLIVA generic trazodone acted totally different for me than all the other generic trazodones I took in the past. Pliva trazodone acted more like a stimulating anti-depressant and kept me awake, instead of a sedating anti-depressant used for sleep which is the main use for trazodone. I think Pliva may be the same as Teva, I am not sure......but I am looking for a generic manufacturer that makes a trazodone that is actually sedating. I wish I knew what ones I took years ago that worked for sleep. Anyone have any input? F 30 3 years
50 1X D
12/30/2011

 3  insomnia and depression Terrible back pain started after a few weeks of taking trazodone. Also constipation. Back pain resolved within days once i stopped taking it. Works well and helps me get a good nights sleep. M 32 6 weeks
50mg 1X D
5/16/2011

 3  Insomnia, Depression. Dependent, dizzy, very vivid nightmares. This drug deffinently does help me fall asleep, but almost every night I have an extremely vivid nightmare that leaves me in a bad mood the next day. I stopped cold turkey for 2 days and didn't have any nightmares...because I didn't sleep. I was rolling around all night trying to get comfortable and it just seemed impossible to fall asleep. I feel very dependent and it's kind of scary, But I am satisfied with how well it puts you to sleep. It really knocks me right out and I usually feel refreshed every morning and not tired during the day. F 18 11 months
50mg 1X D
7/25/2010

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