Compare Ambien vs. triazolam
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
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.
Halcion (triazolam) can be used to help you fall asleep, but your body can become used to it very quickly.
- 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.
- Halcion (triazolam) is available as a generic.
- Compared to other similar medicines, you're less likely to have a hangover effect from Halcion (triazolam) the next day.
- 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.
- Your body can get used to Halcion (triazolam) after 2 weeks.
- Stopping Halcion (triazolam) suddenly can make your insomnia worse. Talk to your doctor if you want to stop taking it.
- People who take Halcion (triazolam) can have more anxiety during the day.
- Oral spray
- Sublingual pill
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- Allergic reactions4%
- Sinus infection4%
- Dry mouth3%
- Back pain3%
- Lack of energy3%
- Drugged feeling3%
- Nausea and vomiting5%
- Difficulty controlling movements5%
- Dependence and withdrawal
Continuous use of Ambien (zolpidem) for 2 weeks or more
- Driving impairment
...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
...and 4 more risk factors
- Tolerance and addiction
Using Halcion (triazolam) for more than 10 days
- Hangover effect
People age 65 or older
- Memory loss
...and 1 more risk factors