Compare Belsomra vs. Restoril

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Belsomra
(suvorexant)

Restoril
(temazepam)

Helps you sleep. Belsomra (suvorexant) helps you fall asleep, but is only avaliable as a brand name so can be expensive.Helps you relax and sleep. Restoril (Temazepam) is a good short-term option to help you sleep, but it shouldn't replace good sleep habits.
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Have you used Belsomra (suvorexant)?
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Reviews for Restoril
65%
-65% worse vs. Belsomra
55%
-55% worse vs. Belsomra
16%
+16% better vs. Belsomra
Have you used Restoril (temazepam)?
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Side effects
BelsomraRestoril
  • Headache 1%
  • Sleepiness 4%
  • Dizziness 1%
  • Diarrhea 1%
  • Dry mouth 1%
  • Cold and flu 1%
  • Abnormal dreams 1%
  • Cough 1%
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We haven’t found good data for Restoril side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Restoril »
How it works
BelsomraRestoril
Belsomra (suvorexant) is a newer, non-benzodiazepine option that reduces wakefulness and help with sleep by inhibiting the orexin receptors in the brain.Restoril (Temazepam) is a benzodiazepine. It affects chemicals in the brain to calm down your nervous system, helping you sleep and be less anxious.
Type of medication
BelsomraRestoril
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
BelsomraRestoril
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
BelsomraRestoril
Risk factors for serious side effects
BelsomraRestoril
  • 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 »
  • Taking more than the prescribed dose
  • Taking longer than 4 weeks
  • History of drug abuse
  • Long-term use
  • Women of childbearing age
Detailed Restoril (temazepam) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

Alcohol
BelsomraRestoril
  • Not safe to take with alcohol or sleeping medications.
  • It is not safe to drink alcohol while taking this.
Sleep
BelsomraRestoril
  • 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.
  • Restoril (Temazepam) can make you dizzy and drowsy, especially when combined with alcohol and many other medicines that acts in your brain. It is not recommended for people age 65 years or older.
  • Can cause dizziness and drowsiness, so don't do anything (like driving) after taking it that requires you to focus.
  • Shouldn't make you drowsy the next day as long as you're using normal doses of it.
Upsides and benefits
BelsomraRestoril
  • 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.
  • Helps you fall asleep and stay asleep.
  • Can be helpful to reduce anxiety.
  • Shouldn't make you drowsy the next day as long as you're using normal doses of it.
Downsides and risks
BelsomraRestoril
  • 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.
  • Can be habit-forming, meaning you'll start to rely on Restoril (Temazepam) to sleep.
  • Your body can get used to Restoril (Temazepam) and it may not work as well long-term.
  • It's not recommended for people age 65 years or older.
  • Can't be used by pregnant women since it'll cause harm to the baby.
  • If it's used everyday for more than 2 to 4 weeks and you decide to stop taking Restoril (Temazepam), you'll need to work with your doctor to slowly get off the drug to avoid extra side effects.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
BelsomraRestoril
  • 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.
  • Use only as needed when you can't sleep.
  • Starts working within 45 minutes.
  • Can cause dizziness and drowsiness, so don't do anything (like driving) after taking it that requires you to focus.
  • Take it only if you can get a full night's rest.
  • It is not safe to drink alcohol while taking this.
  • Tell your doctor if you notice any changes to your memory or mood.
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