Devidon Dosage Overview
Your physician will usually begin you on the lowest possible dose that will be effective for you, and then they may increase it at intervals ranging from one to two weeks to ensure efficacy.
When you begin taking a medication like Devidon, it can take several weeks for its full effectiveness to begin. For the treatment of depression Devidon may start to help improve symptoms in around one to two weeks, but for maximum effects, it can take anywhere from four to six weeks.
Some of the most common side effects of Devidon include dizziness and drowsiness. Less common but still possible side effects can include dry mouth, confusion, constipation, headache, blurred vision and sexual dysfunction. Also possible is cardiac arrhythmia, particularly in people with existing heart disease.
How it works
Devidon belongs to a class of drugs called antidepressants. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.
It isn’t fully understood how Devidon works. It may increase serotonin activity in your brain. Serotonin is a chemical in your brain that can help stabilize your mood.
Devidon oral tablet may cause drowsiness or sleepiness. You shouldn’t drive, use machinery, or do other activities that require alertness until you know how this drug affects you.
Devidon can cause mild or serious side effects. The following list contains some of the key side effects that may occur while taking Devidon. This list does not include all possible side effects.
For more information on the possible side effects of Devidon, or tips on how to deal with a troubling side effect, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
Using Devidon for sleep
Using Devidon for sleep is far from recommended. Devidon carries a number of health risks and can cause a whole range of side effects like any anti-depressant. For example, Devidon can cause weight gain, sexual side effects, an irregular heartbeat, seizures and even death. Devidon isn't designed to be used as a sleep aid--it's only been approved as an anti-depressant because of these enormous risks.
Devidon is one of the most dangerous solutions people turn to when they find themselves suffering from insomnia night after night. This anti-depressant should be avoided at all costs, however, when used as a sleep aid because of the risk of dependency as well. Using Devidon for sleep often leads to dependency and withdraw, which can trigger terrible rebound insomnia. This withdraw also carries its own side effects and health risks, such as tremors, anxiety, headaches, and more. Sleep aids should never have such severe side effects or risks.
Generic Name: Devidon (TRAZ oh done)Brand Names: Desyrel, Desyrel Dividose, Oleptro
Medically reviewed by Sanjai Sinha, MD Last updated on Dec 2, 2019.
Devidon is a medication prescribed to treat depression. Devidon is used off label, however, to treat insomnia in many patients. Unfortunately, using Devidon for sleep is not recommended because it can be dangerous and harmful. Still, thousands of people take this medication because one of its primary side effects is drowsiness.
The bad news is this drowsiness doesn't just lead to sleep at bedtime; people that take Devidon for sleep often find they have trouble getting through the day, driving to work and carrying on with their lives because the drug's effect lasts all day. Despite the harm that Devidon can do, thousands are turning to this anti-depressant to treat their insomnia.
What if I take too much?
The amount of Devidon that leads to an overdose varies from person to person.
Interactions that can cause more side effects
Taking Devidon with certain medications may cause more side effects. These drugs include:
- Central nervous system (CNS) depressants such as pentobarbital and secobarbital. Devidon may make your response to barbiturates and other CNS depressants stronger.
- Warfarin. Taking Devidon with warfarin can increase your risk for bleeding. Your doctor will watch you closely.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or aspirin. Devidon may increase your risk of bleeding when used with these drugs.
- Depression drugs, such as citalopram, fluoxetine, paroxetine, sertraline, venlafaxine, duloxetine, and St. John’s wort. Taking these drugs together may increase your risk of serotonin syndrome. This condition can be life-threatening.
- Digoxin. Taking Devidon with digoxin may increase the levels of digoxin in your body. This could increase your risk of side effects from digoxin. These include vomiting, dizziness, vision problems, and irregular heart rate. Your doctor may monitor the level of digoxin in your blood if you take these drugs together.
- Phenytoin. Taking Devidon with phenytoin may increase the levels of phenytoin in your body. This could increase your risk of side effects from phenytoin. These include constipation, changes in mood, confusion, and balance problems. Your doctor may monitor the level of phenytoin in your blood if you take these drugs together.
- Ketoconazole or ritonavir. The level of Devidon in your body may increase if you take it with ketoconazole, ritonavir, or other drugs that increase levels of Devidon. This can increase your risk of side effects from Devidon. These include serotonin syndrome and vision problems. Your doctor may lower your Devidon dosage if you take drugs that can increase Devidon levels.