Long-term trazodone recovery begins with a detoxification process to eliminate the substance from the user’s body. Trazodone has a half-life of 10 to 12 hours, which means approximately half of the substance is removed from the user’s body during this period. Depending on the individual’s health status, metabolism, and other factors, this initial detoxification period usually lasts for about two days. It may take several weeks for the user to stop experiencing cravings and other effects of trazodone use.
Long-term users of trazodone may continue to experience withdrawal symptoms for up to a year after they stop using the substance. The amount of time it takes for these symptoms to go away depends on how long the individual has been taking trazodone, the amount of trazodone taken each day, and whether the individual has any chronic health problems that could result in a lengthier withdrawal process.
Suddenly stopping trazodone can have serious psychological effects.
Trazodone is an antidepressant, so abruptly stopping it may lead to worsening depression. Since trazodone is also used in the treatment of anxiety and insomnia, sudden withdrawal from this drug can cause increased anxiety or difficulty sleeping.
Trazodone withdrawal may lead to worrying symptoms such as visual and auditory hallucinations.
Sudden withdrawal from trazodone can cause an individual to see and hear things that are not really there. In addition to these hallucinations, the individual may experience high levels of irritability and agitation, mood swings, or worsening depression.
The effects of trazodone withdrawal are especially pronounced in people with a history of depression, anxiety, and other psychological disorders.
When an individual stops taking trazodone, the substance is eliminated from the body, which may cause serotonin levels to become unbalanced. A chemical imbalance can make depression worse, increasing the risk of suicide.
Trazodone withdrawal can be dangerous for users with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease and high blood pressure.
While withdrawing from trazodone, a user may experience heart palpitations or an increase in his or her heart rate. For people with conditions such as heart disease and high blood pressure, these heart-related withdrawal symptoms can increase the risk for heart attack, stroke, and other complications.
Trazodone Detoxification Medications
In some individuals, antidepressants can be used to prevent depression symptoms from getting worse during the trazodone withdrawal process. Anti-anxiety medications may also be used to prevent anxiety and irritability associated with trazodone withdrawal. Depending on the individual’s health history, other medications may be used to treat physical symptoms such as fast heart rate, sweating, nausea, and dizziness.
For more information about withdrawal, read our guide on Trazodone Addiction.