Desyrel uses are primarily focused on the treatment of depression. However, the medication can also be used in an off-label fashion to treat a number of other conditions. These off-label Desyrel uses include the treatment of insomnia, anxiety, alcoholism, and panic disorder. The drug is currently not approved for use in children or teenagers.
Desyrel® (trazodone hydrochloride) is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression).
Depression is more than just "feeling sad." Common symptoms include:
- Changes in sleep (sleeping too much or not enough)
- Eating too much or too little (and weight gain or weight loss)
- Having little interest in things that you used to enjoy
- Physical pain
- Feeling hopeless or worthless
- Thoughts of suicide.
Desyrel has been proven in large clinical trials to help adults with depression. However, keep in mind that many antidepressants can take several weeks to begin working. Sometimes, other people will notice an improvement in your symptoms before you do. Often, the physical symptoms of depression (such as pain or changes in sleep) will improve first -- sometimes within the first few weeks of treatment. Unlike many other antidepressants, Desyrel may begin relieving your symptoms within one or two weeks, although sometimes it can take up to four weeks to begin working.
Counseling and therapy (see Psychotherapy for Depression) are often used along with antidepressant medication to treat depression. Ask your healthcare provider if counseling or therapy would be good options for you (see Depression Treatment).