Teenage Trazadone Addiction
Trazodone addictions often go unnoticed for long periods of time. This is because many people believe you cannot get addicted to Trazodone. This thought is rational, as Trazodone is an antidepressant and the FDA lists the addiction potential as very low. But it important to note that ‘rational’ is irrelevant when it comes to teenagers. Many teens have discovered that when Trazodone is taken in combination with other drugs, it intensifies the side effects of those other drugs. This is true for alcohol, weed, and other pills.
Some teens even get addicted after attempting to take it as prescribed. Trazodone is classified as an antidepressant, and it has also been used to treat anxiety, insomnia and anger issues. It treats these disorders by balancing the amount of serotonin that is released in the brain. Over time, the teen’s brain will become dependent on the drug for creating serotonin. This is what can cause addiction, because serotonin is the neurotransmitter in charge of making people feel good, so naturally they will want to produce more.
How To Tell if Your Teen is Taking Trazodone
It is difficult to confront your loved one when you think they are addicted to a drug. We understand that you may want to know all the facts before you do so. Here are some things you can look for:
Know what your Teen May Call Trazodone
Perhaps the easiest way to discover a teen’s addiction is hearing them admit to it out loud. Often times teens will mention their drug usage right in front of their parents because they don’t think you will be familiar with the alternate names, “street names,” they use.
- Brand Names: Desyrel, Oleptro, Trazorel, Trittico
- Street Name: Sleepeasy
Know the Side Effects
If you notice that there are many sudden changes in your teenager’s behavior, mood and physical well-being, your teen may be using. This is often a sign of addiction. Here are some addiction side effects specific to Trazodone:
- Blurred Vision
- Changes in Weight
- Dry Mouth
- Muscle aches
Serious Side Effects
If your teenager experiences the side effects above, you should confront them and consider rehab. These are serious and with continued use may become more severe and the drug may become more dependent. However, if your teen experiences the side effects below, seriously consider taking them to a health facility immediately:
- Ringing in the ears
- Blood in urine
- Signs of fever
- Abdominal pain
- Chest/left arm pain
- Irregular heartbeat
- Serotonin Syndrome
- Suicidal thoughts
Common Signs of Drug Abuse
Addiction can be extremely difficult to detect when your child is prescribed a drug. The line between proper consumption and addiction can often be blurred. Some common signs of drug addiction are:
- Your teen is altering the drug before taking it. Altering the drug causes it to impact the user more quickly, intensifying the effects. If your child has been prescribed solid pills, be on the lookout for white powder. If your loved one was prescribed capsules, be suspicious of any tiny beads lying around. These are both indicators that the drug has been tampered with.
- They are taking a dosage that is higher than what was prescribed. This may seem like an obvious red flag, but drug abusers are often quite sly in their excuses. With a drug like Trazodone, your teen may claim that they were feeling especially depressed that day, or extremely ridden with anxiety. Remember, however, that their doctor is a professional and has given them their specific dosage for a reason.
- They want to constantly switch doctors. Doctors have a pretty good idea of what dosage is appropriate when it comes to Trazodone. The average daily dosage ranges from 150 to 365 mg, and doctors are trained in measuring the drug’s effects. If your child keeps suggesting that their doctors are prescribing the wrong amount, consider the possibility that they maybe want more than what they need because they are addicted.
If upon further investigation, you discover that your loved one is in fact addicted to Trazodone, it is important that you get them the care that they need immediately. The longer they abuse the drug, the more dependent their brain will become on its altering abilities. It may be tempting to go through this detoxification process on your own. Often times, parents will expect their child to listen to their orders to detox, and doing it yourself sometimes seems like the quickest and most affordable route.
We highly discourage at-home detoxes because they can be extremely dangerous. Teens who quit Trazodone cold turkey often experience:
- Trouble Sleeping
These are some of the early on-stage side effects of a Trazodone detox. The more severe ones a teen may experience are the psychological effects, as the drug is an antidepressant. If your child started taking the drug for a psychological reason, this original problem often will come back, but much more severely when the drug consumption is discontinued abruptly. Severe depression, inability to sleep and suicidal thoughts are frequently cited as occurring during Trazodone withdrawals. At Inspirations For Youth and Families, we have a staff around 24/7. If you or a loved one are struggling with Trazadone substance abuse, speak with one of our specialized intake specialists to help you fully understand what this means for you.
We have treated numerous Trazadone abuse cases and can help you your family get the individualized help you need. If this is a current issue in your life, we encourage you to speak with a specialist immediately. Treat this as very serious because the problem can quickly escalate as we have seen. Seeing a loved one face addiction is a devastating experience. Please call now, for assistance in dealing with this.