Compare Belsomra vs. Hetlioz

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Belsomra
(suvorexant)

Hetlioz
(tasimelteon)

Helps you sleep. Belsomra (suvorexant) helps you fall asleep, but is only avaliable as a brand name so can be expensive.Keeps the sleep cycle normal for completely blind people who aren't able to see light. Hetlioz (tasimelteon) is the only approved medicine to help completely blind people who are unable to see light maintain regular sleep cycles. It is only available as a brand name, so it can be expensive.
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Side effects
BelsomraHetlioz
  • Headache 1%
  • Sleepiness 4%
  • Dizziness 1%
  • Diarrhea 1%
  • Dry mouth 1%
  • Cold and flu 1%
  • Abnormal dreams 1%
  • Cough 1%
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  • Headache 10%
  • Abnormal liver tests 5%
  • Nightmares or abnormal dreams 10%
  • Common cold or flu 7%
  • Urinary tract infection 5%
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How it works
BelsomraHetlioz
Belsomra (suvorexant) is a newer, non-benzodiazepine option that reduces wakefulness and help with sleep by inhibiting the orexin receptors in the brain.Hetlioz (tasimelteon) is a melatonin receptor agonist. It helps you to sleep at night and stay awake during the day.
Type of medication
BelsomraHetlioz
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
BelsomraHetlioz
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
BelsomraHetlioz
  • Non 24 Hour Sleep Wake Cycle
Risk factors for serious side effects
BelsomraHetlioz
  • 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 »
    Detailed Hetlioz (tasimelteon) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy
    Alcohol
    BelsomraHetlioz
    • Not safe to take with alcohol or sleeping medications.
    No alcohol related info.
    Sleep
    BelsomraHetlioz
    • 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.
    • If you go to sleep at a different time, don't take Hetlioz (tasimelteon).
    Upsides and benefits
    BelsomraHetlioz
    • 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.
    • Hetlioz (tasimelteon) is not addictive.
    • Hetlioz (tasimelteon) is the only drug that's approved to help people unable to see light to have regular sleep cycles.
    • If you have to stop taking Hetlioz (tasimelteon) suddenly, you're not likely to have withdrawal.
    Downsides and risks
    BelsomraHetlioz
    • 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.
    • Hetlioz (tasimelteon) can take weeks to months for you to notice any effect.
    • Hetlioz (tasimelteon) is only available as a brand name so it can be expensive.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    BelsomraHetlioz
    • 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.
    • Take Hetlioz (tasimelteon) at the same time every night.
    • Take Hetlioz (tasimelteon) on an empty stomach. Swallow capsule whole. Don't crush or chew the capsule.
    • If you go to sleep at a different time, don't take Hetlioz (tasimelteon).
    • Hetlioz (tasimelteon) might take weeks or months before you notice any effects.
    • If you smoke tobacco, Hetlioz (tasimelteon) might not work as well.
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