February 8, 2023

Review antidepressant Trazodone, also used for sleep, and its side effects.

Trazadone is an atypical antidepressant drug used to treat depression in this mnemonic video i’ll teach you an easy way to remember trazadone its clinical uses and its side effects let’s get started for today’s mnemonic we’re stepping onto the scene of a traffic accident the police here have put up traffic cones around the accident site to guide cars away from

The site of the crash these traffic cones are the symbol for today’s drug trazodone traffic cone for trazadone get it let’s move on to talk about when trazadone is used it’s funny how sometimes in accidents one car is completely totaled and the other car is just fine in this case the totaled car belongs to this lady here who is understandably sad and crying over

What has just happened when you think of this crying person i want you to remember depression crying for depression because she definitely looks pretty depressed if you ask me trazodone treats depression and is classified as an atypical antidepressant drug with the clinical use out of the way let’s discuss some side effects and adverse reactions seen with taking

Trazado yeah this woman here definitely got the worst of it not only is her car totaled but she is feeling a little dizzy and woozy from the accident this should help you remember that patients taking trazadone may experience dizziness or lightheadedness when they stand up too quickly this is due to what we call orthostatic hypotension or a sudden drop in blood

Pressure upon standing educate your patients taking trazodone to stand slowly to avoid this blood pressure drop especially older adults who are at a higher risk of falling falling is a safety issue and the nclex is all about safety just use this dizzy woman to help you remember that trazadone can make you dizzy due to orthostatic hypotension okay like i mentioned

Earlier the other car here doesn’t seem to have a scratch the driver just wants to get on his way he’s tired of waiting around for the police to finish so tired in fact that he’s yawning just like waiting around the traffic cones has made this man sleepy trazodone also makes people sleepy it is very common for people taking trazadone to experience drowsiness

And sedation so much so that trazadone is actually used off-label to treat insomnia therefore trazodone should be ideally taken at night to avoid that daytime drowsiness and it should not be taken with other substances that cause sedation like benzodiazepines or alcohol since it looks like this man is going to be stuck here for a while with the legalities of

The car accident and the subsequent traffic he’s lucky he had some food with him in the car he’s munching into a large bratwurst sausage by the way this bratwurst should remind you of priapism or a prolonged penal erection get it because this bratwurst kind of looks like well you know priapism refers to an erection lasting more than four hours independent of

Sexual arousal priapism is a medical emergency because if left untreated it can lead to penile ischemia priapism is a high yield side effect of trazadone so just use this bratwurst to help you remember priapism on test day and that’s everything for trazadone let’s take a moment and review what we’ve learned tracidone is an atypical antidepressant drug used to

Treat depression side effects of the drug include orthostatic hypotension sedation and priapism looks like traffic is starting to clear up so i’d better hit the road thanks for tuning in and don’t forget to check out our other nclex mnemonic videos i’ll see you thanks for watching for more videos like this one subscribe to our channel and check out our newest

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Trazodone Antidepressant Review and Mnemonic for NCLEX | Side Effects (Sleep) By Pixorize