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Desyrel (trazadone) vs. Xanax

Are Desyrel (trazadone) and Xanax the Same Thing?

Desyrel (trazodone) and Xanax are used to treat anxiety.

Desyrel (trazodone) is also used to treat depression.

Xanax is also used to treat panic attacks.

Desyrel (trazodone) and Xanax belong to different drug classes. Desyrel (trazodone) is an antidepressant and Xanax is a benzodiazepine.

Side effects of trazodone and Xanax that are similar include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, drowsiness, dizziness, tiredness, blurred vision, changes in weight, headache, dry mouth, stuffy nose, constipation, and change in sexual interest/ability.

Side effects of trazodone that are different from Xanax include muscle aches/pains, and bad taste in mouth.

Side effects of Xanax that are different from trazodone include sleep problems (insomnia), memory problems, poor balance or coordination, slurred speech, trouble concentrating, irritability, increased sweating, upset stomach, appetite changes, swelling in your hands or feet, and muscle weakness.

Both trazodone and Xanax may interact with HIV/AIDS medicines, antifungal medications, and seizure medicines.

Desyrel (trazodone) may also interact with digoxin, warfarin, and monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs).

Xanax may also interact with alcohol, other medicines that make you sleepy (such as cold or allergy medicine, other sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for depression or anxiety), birth control pills, cimetidine, cyclosporine, dexamethasone, ergotamine, imatinib, isoniazid, St. John's wort, antibiotics, antidepressants, barbiturates, heart or blood pressure medications.

Do not stop using Xanax suddenly, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Desyrel (trazadone)?

Common side effects of Desyrel (trazadone) include:

  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • diarrhea,
  • drowsiness,
  • dizziness,
  • tiredness,
  • blurred vision,
  • changes in weight,
  • headache,
  • muscle ache/pain,
  • dry mouth,
  • bad taste in the mouth,
  • stuffy nose,
  • constipation, or
  • change in sexual interest/ability.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Xanax?

Common side effects of Xanax include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Tiredness
  • Dizziness
  • Sleep problems (insomnia)
  • Memory problems
  • Poor balance or coordination
  • Slurred speech
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Increased sweating
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Upset stomach
  • Blurred vision
  • Appetite or weight changes
  • Swelling in your hands or feet
  • Muscle weakness
  • Dry mouth
  • Stuffy nose
  • Loss of interest in sex

What Is Desyrel (trazadone)?

Desyrel (trazodone hydrochloride) is an antidepressant used to treat depression. The brand name Desyrel is no longer available in the U.S. but may be available in generic form.

What Is Xanax?

Xanax (alprazolam) is indicated for the management of anxiety disorders and the short-term relief of symptoms of anxiety in adults. Xanax is also indicated for the treatment of panic disorder in adults with or without a fear of places and situations that might cause panic, helplessness, or embarrassment (agoraphobia).

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What Drugs Interact With Desyrel (trazadone)?

Desyrel (trazadone) may interact with HIV medicines, antifungal medications, digoxin, seizure medicines, warfarin, or MAO inhibitors. Tell your doctor all medications you use. During pregnancy, trazodone should be used only when prescribed. This medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

What Drugs Interact With Xanax?

Xanax may interact with cold or allergy medicine, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, medicine for depression or anxiety, antibiotics, antifungal medicines, antidepressants, and barbiturates. Xanax may also interact with birth control pills, cimetidine, cyclosporine, dexamethasone, ergotamine, imatinib, isoniazid, St. John's wort, heart or blood pressure medications, HIV/AIDS medicines, and seizure medications.

Do not take Xanax if you are allergic to alprazolam, other benzodiazepines, or any of the ingredients in Xanax. See the end of this Medication Guide for a complete list of ingredients in Xanax. you are taking antifungal medicines including ketoconazole and itraconazole.

How Should Desyrel (trazadone) Be Taken?

The initial adult dose of Desyrel (trazodone) is 150 mg/day in divided doses. The dose may be increased by 50 mg/day every three to four days. The maximum dose for outpatients usually should not exceed 400 mg/day in divided doses.

How Should Xanax Be Taken?

Take Xanax exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it. Your healthcare provider will tell you how much Xanax to take and when to take it. If you take too much Xanax, call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away.

Xanax is a benzodiazepine medicine. Taking benzodiazepines with opioid medicines, alcohol, or other central nervous system depressants (including street drugs) can cause severe drowsiness, breathing problems (respiratory depression), coma and death.

Xanax can make you sleepy or dizzy, and can slow your thinking and motor skills.

Do not drive, operate heavy machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how Xanax affects you.

Do not drink alcohol or take other drugs that may make you sleepy or dizzy while taking Xanax without first talking to your healthcare provider. When taken with alcohol or drugs that cause sleepiness or dizziness, Xanax may make your sleepiness or dizziness much worse.

Do not take more Xanax than prescribed.

QUESTION

Panic attacks are repeated attacks of fear that can last for several minutes. See Answer
Reviewed on 10/18/2019
References
Mead Johnson Pharmaceutical. Desyrel Product Information.

http://www.mentalmeds.org/prescription_meds/Desyrel.pdf

Pfizer. Xanax Product Information.

http://labeling.pfizer.com/showlabeling.aspx?id=547

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