Generally speaking, unless a chemical or substance is inherently a poison, an overdose would usually depend on certain things, such as what was mixed with it, how soon and in what quantity it was absorbed by the system of the person, and other factors.
In the case of trazodone, the typical daily dose is around 150 mg, although there have been cases where a higher dosage was deemed necessary. As a precaution, however, a dosage that exceeds 600 mg in less than 24 hours is already well within overdose territory. Complications that could lead to death could also come from mixing even an acceptable amount of trazodone with other substances, such as alcohol.
Addiction to trazodone might not always lead to death, but some aberrant symptoms will manifest after repeated use. The most obvious symptom of a trazodone overdose would be death or being left in a coma-like state, unable to regain consciousness. It is among the most abused substances and difficult to kick for those addicted to it.
Unlike other abused substances that mostly manifest in one or two symptoms, repeated use of trazodone tends to affect multiple bodily systems at once. This usually brings about several symptoms that could manifest one after the other, or sometimes all simultaneously, with varying severity. In some cases, the symptoms are not even those the person is predisposed to.
Seek medical help for the person who appears to be in distress. Take note if the person appears to have any medication on hand that they might have taken. This detail is one of the first things to be asked by emergency responders to help them assess the situation faster.
In the event that trazodone addiction is established, the medical staff would want to know how long the patient has been taking it, and if possible, in what quantity. Once the patient has been stabilized and deemed no longer in a life-threatening situation, detox and rehabilitation are certain to be a suggestion.
This means making sure they are equipped to live a normal life again once out of therapy. We are dedicated to helping patients stand on their own and get their dignity back, because that is what true recovery is all about.
Medically Reviewed By
Nicole Rettino-Lambert LCSW, LCADC, CCS, CCTP, CSTIP
Nicole Rettino-Lambert is a dually licensed clinician with over 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in both addiction treatment and mental health treatment. Along with extensive experience in clinical work, she has held leadership roles in both inpatient and outpatient addiction treatments centers in New Jersey. Throughout her various leadership positions, Rettino-Lambert has developed clinical programming, assisted staff in their growth and development in the clinical field, and had the privilege of helping numerous individuals on their path to recovery.