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Trazodone and Jackson
Please note that I am NOT a trained professional. I AM a parent of a child with ADHD. Any information I give in my article (blog) should NOT be used as a substitute for the expertise, knowledge, skill and/or judgment of a healthcare practitioner.
My Son (Jackson)
Jackson, like I stated in an earlier article (blog), is a such a sweet, kind and caring little boy; even for everything he deals with on a daily basis. One of the biggest challenges for him is getting his mind to quiet down at the end of the day so he can get in a good quantity and a good quality of sleep. This is why he takes Trazodone. Though he has ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), and though Trazodone can help alleviate problem areas for those with ADHD, Jackson takes the Trazodone to help him sleep.
With Jackson being ADHD, home schooling him was a better choice for me and his dad (Mark). Prior to being homeschooled, Jackson had a difficult time keeping on task. It seemed like being at school with his friends (and sometimes getting into trouble with his friends) was more important to him than getting his school work done. Now that Jackson is being homeschooled, he knows his studies come first. As of today, August 6, 2014, Jackson has been doing his fifth (5th) grade studies now for three (3) days. He knows that if he wants outside play time or Xbox play time or watch a movie time then he has to complete his prescribed word for each day.
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Trazodone is an antidepressant, also, a serotonin antagonist and a reuptake inhibitor. It has both anti-anxiety and sleep inducting effects.
Trazodone can be used for a variety of disorders, including; but, not limited to: Anxiety Disorder, Unipolar Disorder (with or without anxiety) and insomnia.
Trazodone was originally developed and researched in Italy during the 1960s, and was approved in the United States by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in 1981.
An antidepressant is a drug used for the treatment of depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, sleep disorders...just to name a few.
Serotonin antagonists are drugs that inhibit the actions of serotonin receptors. They have affinity (strength) but no efficacy (efficiency).
The serotonin receptors influence the biological and neurological processes that deal with aggression, anxiety, appetite, cognition, learning, memory, mood, nausea and sleep.
a reuptake inhibitor will inhibit the phamalemmal transport of the known reuptakes of the neurotransmitters from the synapse into pre-synaptic neurons.
A phamalemmal transport is the cell membrane that protects the inside of the cell from outside influences.
Neurotransmitters are responsible for transmitting signals across a synapse from one neuron, or brain cell, to another specifically targeted neuron.
A synapse is the structure that permits neurons to be able to pass signals to other neurons, or to other cells.
Pre-synaptic neurons are quite crucial for human biological functions, such as perception and thought.
Unipolar Depression is another name used for Major Depressive Disorder. This disorder is signified by a low mood level accompanied by low self-esteem, or the loss of interest of "normal" everyday activities.
Please note that if you, or your child(ren), exhibit the symptoms of any of the above areas you should contact your primary care physician. Never, under any circumstances, should you use the information I have included in this article (blog), or any articles (blogs) as a means to diagnose yourself or your child(ren).
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Side Effects (Common and Serious)
Some common side effects (that may go away during treatment) include; but, are not limited to:
- dry mouth
- unpleasant taste
Some serious side effects (those requiring immediate medical attention) include; but, are not limited to:
- lack of coordination
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