Sedating antidepressants sleep
Some locations already provide limited genetic testing to help determine antidepressant choice, but testing is not routine and it's not always covered by insurance.
More studies are being done to determine what might be the best antidepressant choice based on genetic makeup.
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are more likely to cause sexual side effects than other antidepressants are.
Polysomnographic studies of people with various kinds of insomnia have found that trazodone's main effect on sleep architecture is an increase in deep slow-wave (stages 3 and 4) sleep.
Comparative efficacy Trazodone versus Zolpidem (Ambien®) Only one high quality comparative study with trazodone has been performed.
For some antidepressants, monitoring blood levels may help determine the range of effectiveness and to what extent dosage can be adjusted to help reduce side effects.
Rarely, antidepressants can cause serious side effects that need to be treated right away.
Consider these strategies: Dizziness is more common with tricyclic antidepressants and monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) than with other antidepressants.