Compare Belsomra vs. Butisol

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

Belsomra (suvorexant)

Prescription only

Butisol (butabarbital)

Prescription only
Helps you sleep.

Belsomra (suvorexant) helps you fall asleep, but is only avaliable as a brand name so can be expensive.

Helps you fall asleep.

Butisol (butabarbital) is not very good for sleeping problems because it can be addictive.

Upsides
  • May be helpful if other sleep aids don't work.
  • Works quickly, especially on an empty stomach.
  • Might be a good option for the elderly.
  • Butisol (butabarbital) works very quickly to help you fall asleep, within 45-60 minutes, and it lasts 6-8 hours.
Downsides
  • Not usually used for long-term treatment since it can be habit-forming.
  • Belsomra (suvorexant) is likely expensive since it's only available as a brand name, but coupon savings program could be available.
  • Not recommended if you do not plan to sleep for at least 7 hours.
  • Belsomra (suvorexant) may cause sleep paralysis.
  • Your body can get used to needing Butisol (butabarbital) for sleeping.
  • Butisol (butabarbital) can interact with a lot of medicines, vitamins and supplements.
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Dosage forms
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Side effects
8possible side effects
  • Headache
    7%
  • Sleepiness
    7%
  • Dizziness
    3%
  • Diarrhea
    2%
  • Dry mouth
    2%
  • Cold and flu
    2%
  • Abnormal dreams
    2%
  • Cough
    2%
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1possible side effects
  • Sleepiness
    3%
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Risks and warnings
  • Changes in thoughts

    Uncontrolled psychiatric conditions

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Hangover effect

    Alcohol

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Dependence and withdrawal

    Continuous use for 2 weeks or more

  • Depression

    Risk increases with dose

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Difficulty breathing

    Sleep apnea

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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  • Feeling awake

    Having acute or chronic pain

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Breathing problems

    Drinking alcohol

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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