Compare Belsomra vs. Estazolam

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

Belsomra (suvorexant)

Prescription only

Prosom (estazolam)

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 stay asleep longer.

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

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.
  • Prosom (estazolam) is available in generic.
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.
  • 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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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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10possible 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%
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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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  • Tolerance and addiction

    Using Prosom (estazolam) for more than 10 days

  • Behavior changes

    Drinking alcohol

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Hangover effect

    People age 65 or older

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