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Trazodone is an older antidepressant medication that has a mixed mechanism of action affecting multiple neurotransmitter systems. It is often used in adults as an adjunctive treatment for depression, particularly to aid with sleep. It has not been evaluated in children or adults with autism. The use of trazodone is avoided in males due to multiple reports of priapism. Priapism is an acute problem characterized by prolonged and painful erection.
References and Readings
- Martin, A. M., Scahill, L., & Kratochvil, C. J. Pediatric psychopharmacology (pp. 263–274). New York: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar