A patient has been prescribed trazodone for the treatment of depression. To manage this medication's most common side effect, the nurse should instruct the patient to take this medication


• Trazodone is used to treat depression, but more commonly insomnia, and causes drowsiness. It should be taken at bedtime to avoid daytime drowsiness.

• Incorrect: Antacids should not be taken with medications as they may diminish absorption.

• Incorrect: Trazodone can be taken with food or milk to decrease GI upset, but this is not the primary concern.

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