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Before consuming alcohol while taking trazodone, talk with your physician. Consuming alcohol while taking trazodone may result in serious, harmful side effects.

Side Effects

The FDA outlines various side effects that could occur if you consume alcohol while taking trazodone. They may include but are not limited to:

  • Increased dizziness
  • Increased sleepiness

Side effects may differ from person to person, so it is critical to first consult your physician about potential outcomes of consuming alcohol while taking trazodone.


The FDA reports that alcohol is one of many drug interactions that can occur with trazodone and that trazodone may “enhance the response to alcohol, barbiturates and other CNS depressants.”


The FDA also outlines a very serious potential consequence of consuming alcohol while taking trazodone: overdosage. The FDA states that overdosage has occurred in patients who took trazodone and also consumed various CNS (central nervous system) depressants, including alcohol.

Various reactions associated with trazodone overdose include but are not limited to:

  • Respiratory arrest
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Drowsiness

If you believe you have overdosed on trazodone, call 911 immediately and seek medical help.

For more information about withdrawal from trazodone, visit our withdrawal page.

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