Must Trazadone be taken on a regular basis?

Published: November 7, 2012

Trazadone is one of the sleep aids that you recommend, and you state that it has an anti-anxiety benefit. Must it be taken on a regular basis to receive this benefit? I am looking for a sleep aid that I can take once in a while that is non-habit-forming. You recommend this, so I would like to know your thoughts. Also, can I take Ativan near the time I have taken the trazadone? One more question. :) Do you recommend temazapam as a good sleep aid? Why or why not?

Thank you.




Dear Joy,

Trazadone can be taken intermittently or on a regular basis and is not addictive. It can be taken with Ativan. I do NOT recommend temazepam, because it is a valium family medication that reduces the time spent in deep sleep, forcing people into light sleep.


Dr. T

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. His newest book (June 10, 2024) is You Can Heal From Long COVID. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

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