Compare Ambien vs. Restoril

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

Ambien (zolpidem)

Prescription only

Restoril (Temazepam)

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.

5.1/ 7 average rating with 1375 reviewsforAmbien
Helps you relax and sleep.

Restoril (Temazepam) is a good short-term option to help you sleep, but it shouldn't replace good sleep habits.

5.3/ 7 average rating with 51 reviewsforRestoril
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.
  • Helps you fall asleep and stay asleep.
  • Can be helpful to reduce anxiety.
  • Shouldn't make you drowsy the next day as long as you're using normal doses of it.
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.
  • Can be habit-forming, meaning you'll start to rely on Restoril (Temazepam) to sleep.
  • Your body can get used to Restoril (Temazepam) and it may not work as well long-term.
  • It's not recommended for people age 65 years or older.
  • Can't be used by pregnant women since it'll cause harm to the baby.
  • If it's used everyday for more than 2 to 4 weeks and you decide to stop taking Restoril (Temazepam), you'll need to work with your doctor to slowly get off the drug to avoid extra side effects.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Oral spray
  • Sublingual pill
  • Pill
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Reviews
1375 
67%
think this treatment is worth it
50%
think this treatment works well
16%
think this treatment is a hassle

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51 
65%
think this treatment is worth it
55%
think this treatment works well
16%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
10possible 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%
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The Restoril (Temazepam) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Dependence and withdrawal

    Continuous use of Ambien (zolpidem) for 2 weeks or more

  • Driving impairment

    Alcohol

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • 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

    ...and 4 more risk factors

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  • Tolerance and dependence

    Taking more than the prescribed dose

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Withdrawal

    Long-term use

  • Harm to fetus

    Women of childbearing age

  • Driving impairment

    Alcohol

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Falls

    Taking with alcohol

    ...and 2 more risk factors

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