Trazadone, Doxepin?

Use this section to discuss your experiences with prescription drugs, iron injections, and other medical interventions that involve the introduction of a drug or medicine into the body. Discuss side effects, successes, failures, published research, information about drug trials, and information about new medications being developed.

Important: Posts and information in this section are based on personal experiences and recommendations; they should not be considered a substitute for the advice of a healthcare provider.
Post Reply
wantok
Posts: 97
Joined: Fri Apr 01, 2016 3:14 pm

Trazadone, Doxepin?

Post by wantok »

Primary doctor is recommending Trazadone or Doxepin on top of the Lyrica I am taking for PLMD. Lyrica 200 mg. working well on legs (has been working well even at much lower dosages) but not on onset and maintenance insomnia, plus the Lyrica causes daytime sedation so I am hoping I might successfully reduce the dose and have it still work on legs (not likely, but hope springs eternal).

I have tried both Doxepin and Trazadone before but from my notes I am not sure what is what because I was taking multiple things and also wasn't aware of many triggers at the time. So my question is whether these can exacerbate RLS/PLMD? I often have paradoxical reactions to drugs, and yes, I know we are all unique, but I still would appreciate any best guess scenarios.

Thanks in advance.
Wantok

stjohnh
Posts: 1086
Joined: Sun Feb 14, 2016 3:13 pm
Location: Palo Alto, California

Re: Trazadone, Doxepin?

Post by stjohnh »

Doxepin has strong antihistaminic effects, making it a poor choice. Trazodone has little to no antihistaminic effects so is a better choice.
Blessings,
Holland

ViewsAskew
Moderator
Posts: 16112
Joined: Thu Oct 28, 2004 6:37 am
Location: Los Angeles

Re: Trazadone, Doxepin?

Post by ViewsAskew »

Trazedone is talked about by people here off and on, but not often. I used it for help falling asleep - made me feel so drugged I couldn't even function. That wore off within a few days and within a week, it did nothing, so increased it. After three increases, I stopped using it. It didn't exacerbate the RLS.
Ann - Take what you need, leave the rest

Managing Your RLS

Opinions presented by Discussion Board Moderators are personal in nature and do not, in any way, represent the opinion of the RLS Foundation, and are not medical advice.

Rustsmith
Moderator
Posts: 4716
Joined: Sat Sep 28, 2013 9:31 pm
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Re: Trazadone, Doxepin?

Post by Rustsmith »

My neurologist had me try trazedone before I was diagnosed with RLS (by a different neurologist). She prescribed it for my "insomnia" while ignoring the rest of my complaints. All that trazedone did was steal my coordination, which left me walking around the house bumping into walls as if I was drunk. It didn't help at all and I am probably very fortunate that I didn't fall and hurt myself during the short time that I was on it.
Steve

Augmentation Evaluation http://bb.rls.org/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=9005

Opinions presented by Discussion Board Moderators are personal in nature and do not, in any way, represent the opinion of the RLS Foundation, and are not medical advice.

QyX
Posts: 703
Joined: Wed Mar 13, 2013 12:53 pm
Location: Berlin / Germany

Re: Trazadone, Doxepin?

Post by QyX »

If you want something for insomnia while having RLS, you should look into cannabis.

As the others already have said: the suggested drugs are poor choices when you have RLS.

wantok
Posts: 97
Joined: Fri Apr 01, 2016 3:14 pm

Re: Trazadone, Doxepin?

Post by wantok »

I've done a lot of cannabis for insomnia. Definitely works but causes daytime sedation for me unfortunately.

Post Reply