Compare Belsomra vs. Butisol

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Belsomra
(suvorexant)

Butisol
(butabarbital)

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.
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Side effects
BelsomraButisol
  • Headache 1%
  • Sleepiness 4%
  • Dizziness 1%
  • Diarrhea 1%
  • Dry mouth 1%
  • Cold and flu 1%
  • Abnormal dreams 1%
  • Cough 1%
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  • Sleepiness 3%
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How it works
BelsomraButisol
Belsomra (suvorexant) is a newer, non-benzodiazepine option that reduces wakefulness and help with sleep by inhibiting the orexin receptors in the brain.Butisol (butabarbital) is a barbiturate. It works by calming and relaxing you so you're able to sleep.
Type of medication
BelsomraButisol
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
BelsomraButisol
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
BelsomraButisol
Risk factors for serious side effects
BelsomraButisol
  • Uncontrolled psychiatric conditions
  • Alcohol
  • Other medicines that make you sleepy or dizzy
  • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
Detailed Belsomra (suvorexant) risks & warnings »
  • Having acute or chronic pain
  • age 65 or older
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Taking narcotics, tranquilizers or antihistamines
Detailed Butisol (butabarbital) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Interactions
BelsomraButisol
No interactions related info.
  • Butisol (butabarbital) can interact with a lot of medicines, vitamins and supplements.
Alcohol
BelsomraButisol
  • Not safe to take with alcohol or sleeping medications.
  • Don't drink alcohol or take narcotics, tranquilizers or antihistamines if you're taking Butisol (butabarbital). This can slow down your breathing. Talk to your doctor about other options to help you sleep.
  • Don't drink alcohol or take narcotics with Butisol (butabarbital) since this can slow your breathing.
Pain
BelsomraButisol
No pain related info.
  • If you're having acute or chronic pain, or if you're older, Butisol (butabarbital) can cause you to feel more awake instead of sleepy, or you may not notice changes in your pain until it wears off. Talk to your doctor about other options to help you sleep if this happens.
Sleep
BelsomraButisol
  • If you have COPD or sleep apnea, talk to your doctor first about Belsomra (suvorexant) before starting it. Belsomra (suvorexant) can make it hard to breathe.
  • Only take if you plan to sleep at least 7 hours.
  • May be helpful if other sleep aids don't work.
  • Not recommended if you do not plan to sleep for at least 7 hours.
No sleep related info.
Upsides and benefits
BelsomraButisol
  • 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 and risks
BelsomraButisol
  • 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
BelsomraButisol
  • Take Belsomra (suvorexant) 30 minutes before bedtime.
  • Only take if you plan to sleep at least 7 hours.
  • Taking Belsomra (suvorexant) on an empty stomach will quicken the effects.
  • Belsomra (suvorexant) can be addictive and is meant for short-term treatment.
  • Can cause headaches and/or dizziness.
  • Not safe to take with alcohol or sleeping medications.
  • If Belsomra (suvorexant) does not help you sleep after taking it for 10 days, consider talking to your doctor/pharmacist about other potential causes of insominia.
  • Don't use Butisol (butabarbital) for more than 2 weeks, since it doesn't work as well after that.
  • Don't stop Butisol (butabarbital) suddenly, especially if you've been taking it for a while. Talk to your doctor about how to get off it safely.
  • Don't drink alcohol or take narcotics with Butisol (butabarbital) since this can slow your breathing.
  • Butisol (butabarbital) can make your birth control less effective. You should use condoms or diaphragms while taking it.
  • Talk to your doctor if Butisol (butabarbital) doesn't help you sleep better after taking it for 7 days.
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