Compare Ambien vs. Dalmane

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Ambien
(zolpidem)

Dalmane
(flurazepam)

Helps you sleep. Ambien (zolpidem) aids in falling asleep and staying asleep, but it can be habit-forming and might be more likely than other sleep medicines to cause side effects.Helps you fall asleep. Dalmane (flurazepam) helps you fall asleep, but its effect can carry over to the next day and be addictive.
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Reviews for Ambien
67%
of people (All ages) say Ambien is worth it
50%
say it works well
16%
say it's a big hassle
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Side effects
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  • Drowsiness 3%
  • Headache 1%
  • Dizziness 4%
  • Allergic reactions 3%
  • Sinus infection 2%
  • Sore throat 2%
  • Dry mouth 2%
  • Lack of energy 2%
  • Back pain 1%
  • Diarrhea 1%
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How it works
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Ambien (zolpidem) is in a class of drugs called sedative-hypnotics. It interacts with your brain to make you relaxed and sleepy.Dalmane (flurazepam) is a benzodiazepine. It activates the part of your brain for resting and digesting.
Type of medication
AmbienDalmane
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
AmbienDalmane
  • Pill
  • Oral spray
  • Sublingual pill
  • Capsule
Used for
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Risk factors for serious side effects
AmbienDalmane
  • Continuous use of Ambien (zolpidem) for 2 weeks or more
  • Alcohol
  • Taking other medications that make you less alert
  • Less than 8 hours of sleep.
  • Undiagnosed psychiatric conditions
Detailed Ambien (zolpidem) risks & warnings »
  • Alcohol
  • Taking narcotics, tranquilizers or antihistamines
  • Women
  • Over age 65
Detailed Dalmane (flurazepam) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Alcohol
AmbienDalmane
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs when taking Ambien (zolpidem).
  • Can be dangerous if combined with alcohol or narcotics.
Kidneys and liver
AmbienDalmane
  • Might not be safe if you have problems with your liver, kidneys, lungs, or if you have a history of depression.
No kidneys and liver related info.
Sleep
AmbienDalmane
  • Ambien (zolpidem) makes you feel drowsy and sleepy, potentially leading to falls and severe injuries. This is especially a risk if you're older. Falls from sleep medicines like Ambien (zolpidem) have caused severe injuries such as hip fractures and head injury. You may need a lower dose if you're taking other medications that also cause drowsiness. Check with your doctor first.
  • Only take it if you have time to sleep for at least 8 hours.
  • Effective at helping people fall asleep faster and sleep longer.
  • People taking Dalmane (flurazepam) for sleep have reported having difficulty concentrating the next day, and have problems driving or operating machinery. Talk to your doctor if this is a problem.
  • Can make you feel sleepy and unable to concentrate the next day. This hangover effect is especially worse for women and elderly.
Upsides and benefits
AmbienDalmane
  • Effective at helping people fall asleep faster and sleep longer.
  • Extended release form is particularly good for staying asleep, and you can use it for longer than the immediate release form.
  • Generic is available.
  • Dalmane (flurazepam) works 15-30 minutes after taking it.
  • Dalmane (flurazepam) is available in generic.
Downsides and risks
AmbienDalmane
  • Not typically used for long-term treatment because it can be habit-forming.
  • Some people find that Ambien (zolpidem) becomes less effective over time.
  • More likely to cause sleep-walking, sleep-driving, and sleep-eating.
  • Might not be safe if you have problems with your liver, kidneys, lungs, or if you have a history of depression.
  • Can make you feel sleepy and unable to concentrate the next day. This hangover effect is especially worse for women and elderly.
  • Should only be used short-term because it can be addicting.
  • Can cause sleep-walking or other sleep-related activities that you may not remember doing the next day.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
AmbienDalmane
  • Take 30 to 45 minutes before bedtime.
  • Only take it if you have time to sleep for at least 8 hours.
  • Can be addictive. Meant for short-term treatment. Dependence can form after daily use for 2 weeks.
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs when taking Ambien (zolpidem).
  • Withdrawal symptoms can occur if you abruptly stop the drug and you've been regularly using it. The symptoms usually resolve in 1 to 2 nights.
  • Report any confusion or changes in thoughts or behavior.
  • Can be dangerous if combined with alcohol or narcotics.
  • Effect lasts long and may carry into the next morning. Take Dalmane (flurazepam) only if you expect to be in bed for full 7-8 hours.
  • Can cause rebound insomnia if you stop taking it, especially if you've been on it for a while.
  • Can cause sleep walking or doing other behaviors while asleep. Talk to your doctor right away if this happens.
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