Compare Dalmane vs. Hetlioz

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

Dalmane (flurazepam)

Prescription only

Hetlioz (tasimelteon)

Prescription only
Helps you fall asleep.

Dalmane (flurazepam) helps you fall asleep, but its effect can carry over to the next day and be addictive.

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.

Upsides
  • Dalmane (flurazepam) works 15-30 minutes after taking it.
  • Dalmane (flurazepam) is available in generic.
  • 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
  • Can make you feel sleepy and unable to concentrate the next day. This hangover effect is especially worse for women and elderly.
  • Should only be used short-term because it can be addicting.
  • Can cause sleep-walking or other sleep-related activities that you may not remember doing the next day.
  • 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.
Used for
  • Non-24 hour sleep-wake cycle
Dosage forms
  • Capsule
  • Pill
Price
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$13611.60
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Side effects
The Dalmane (flurazepam) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
5possible side effects
  • Headache
    17%
  • Abnormal liver tests
    10%
  • Nightmares or abnormal dreams
    10%
  • Common cold or flu
    7%
  • Urinary tract infection
    7%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Behavior changes
    • Alcohol
    • Taking narcotics, tranquilizers or antihistamines
  • Allergic reactions
  • Hangover effect
    • Women
    • Over age 65
  • Abuse and addiction
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