Compare Ambien vs. Estazolam

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

Ambien (zolpidem)

Prescription only

Prosom (estazolam)

Prescription only
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.

3.7/ 5 average rating with 1375 reviewsforAmbien
Helps you stay asleep longer.

Prosom (estazolam) can help you sleep, but you might feel hungover the next day.

Upsides
  • 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.
  • Prosom (estazolam) is available in generic.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Prosom (estazolam) isn't recommended if you're age 65 or older because the side effects can be more intense.
  • You can become dependent on Prosom (estazolam) if you take it for more than a few weeks.
  • If you stop Prosom (estazolam) suddenly after taking it for a while, your insomnia might come back even worse than when you started.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Oral spray
  • Sublingual pill
  • Pill
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Reviews
1375 reviews so far
67%
saidit'sworth it
50%
saiditworked well
16%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
18possible side effects
  • Drowsiness
    8%
  • Headache
    7%
  • Dizziness
    5%
  • Allergic reactions
    4%
  • Sinus infection
    4%
  • Dry mouth
    3%
  • Back pain
    3%
  • Lack of energy
    3%
  • Drugged feeling
    3%
  • Diarrhea
    3%
  • Sore throat
    3%
  • Flu-like symptoms
    2%
  • Racing heart
    2%
  • Lightheadedness
    2%
  • Depression
    2%
  • Abdominal pain
    2%
  • Constipation
    2%
  • Rash
    2%
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19possible side effects
  • Sleepiness
    42%
  • Headache
    16%
  • Weakness
    11%
  • Difficulty controlling muscles
    8%
  • Nervousness
    8%
  • Dizziness
    7%
  • Uneasiness
    5%
  • Nausea
    4%
  • Abnormal coordination
    4%
  • Leg and foot pain
    3%
  • Hangover
    3%
  • Common cold symptoms
    3%
  • Back pain
    2%
  • Body pain
    2%
  • Indigestion
    2%
  • Confusion
    2%
  • Depression
    2%
  • Abnormal dreams
    2%
  • Abnormal thoughts
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Dependence and withdrawal
    • Continuous use of Ambien (zolpidem) for 2 weeks or more
  • Driving impairment
    • Alcohol
    • Taking other medications that make you less alert
    • Less than 8 hours of sleep.
  • Abnormal thoughts
    • Undiagnosed psychiatric conditions
  • Performing activities while asleep
    • Taking Ambien (zolpidem) with alcohol or drugs that cause drowsiness
  • Risk of falls and injury
    • Higher dose
    • Liver problems
    • Taking Ambien (zolpidem) with other nervous system depressants
    • Long-term use
    • Elderly (70 years or older)
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  • Tolerance and addiction
    • Using Prosom (estazolam) for more than 10 days
  • Behavior changes
    • Drinking alcohol
    • Taking sedative medicines
  • Hangover effect
    • People age 65 or older
  • Allergic reactions
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