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Halcion
(triazolam)

Ambien
(zolpidem)

Helps you stay asleep. Halcion (triazolam) can be used to help you fall asleep, but your body can become used to it very quickly.Helps you sleep. Ambien (Zolpidem) is good for falling asleep and staying asleep, but it can be habit-forming and might be more likely than other sleep medicines to cause disturbing side effects.
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Have you used Halcion (triazolam)?
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Reviews for Ambien (zolpidem)
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+67% better vs. Halcion (triazolam)
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+50% better vs. Halcion (triazolam)
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-16% worse vs. Halcion (triazolam)
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Side effects
triazolamAmbien
  • Drowsiness 8%
  • Headache 2%
  • Dizziness 5%
  • Nausea and vomiting 1%
  • Difficulty controlling movements 4%
  • Lightheadedness 4%
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  • Drowsiness 3%
  • Dizziness 4%
  • Sinus inflammation 2%
  • Allergy 3%
  • Drugged feeling 3%
  • Back pain 1%
  • Sore throat 2%
  • Lack of energy 2%
  • Dry mouth 2%
  • Diarrhea 1%
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How it works
triazolamAmbien
Halcion (triazolam) is a benzodiazepine. It helps you stay asleep by extending how long you stay asleep, and improving the quality of your sleep so you don't wake up as much at night.Ambien (Zolpidem) is in a class of drugs called sedative-hypnotics. Researchers don't know exactly how it works, but it interacts with your brain to make you relaxed and sleepy.
Type of medication
triazolamAmbien
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
triazolamAmbien
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
Used for
triazolamAmbien
Risk factors for serious side effects
triazolamAmbien
  • Using Halcion (triazolam) for more than 10 days
    • People age 65 or older
    • Drinking alcohol
    • Not allowing enough time for sleep
    Detailed Halcion (triazolam) risks & warnings »
    • Continuous use for 2 weeks or more
    • Alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
    • Less than 7 hours of sleep
    • Undiagnosed psychiatric conditions
    • Taking with alcohol or drugs
      • Respiratory conditions
      • Liver problems
      • Muscle disease
      • Elderly
      • Higher dose
      • Liver problems
      • Taking Ambien (Zolpidem) with other nervous system depressants
      • Long-term use
      • Women of childbearing age
      • Breast-feeding
      Detailed Ambien (zolpidem) 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.

      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

      Alcohol
      triazolamAmbien
      • Don't drink alcohol while taking Halcion (triazolam) since it can slow your breathing.
      • Avoid alcohol and drugs.
      Kidneys and liver
      triazolamAmbien
      No kidneys and liver related info.
      • Might not be safe if you have problems with your liver, kidneys, or lungs, or if you have a history of depression.
      Sleep
      triazolamAmbien
      • People taking Halcion (triazolam) for sleep while fighting jet lag have reported not being able to remember what happened a few hours after taking the medicine. This is more likely to happen if you drink alcohol, or if you don't have enough time to sleep. Give yourself at least 7 to 8 hours to sleep to stop this from happening.
      • Effective at helping people fall asleep faster and sleep longer.
      • Only take it if you have time to sleep for at least 7 hours.
      • Can cause headache, drowsiness, and dizziness.
      • Ambien (Zolpidem) make you feel drowsy and sleepy, leading to falls and severe injuries. This is especially a risk if your older. Falls from sleep medicines like Ambien (Zolpidem) have caused severe injuries such as hip fractures and head injury. You may need a lower dose if you're taking other medicine that affects your nervous system or have issues with falls in the past. Check with your doctor first.
      Upsides and benefits
      triazolamAmbien
      • Halcion (triazolam) is available as a generic.
      • Compared to other similar medicines, you're less likely to have a hangover effect from Halcion (triazolam) the next day.
      • Effective at helping people fall asleep faster and sleep longer.
      • Extended release form is particularly good for staying asleep, and you can use it for longer than the immediate release form.
      Downsides and risks
      triazolamAmbien
      • Your body can get used to Halcion (triazolam) after 2 weeks.
      • Stopping Halcion (triazolam) suddenly can make your insomnia worse. Talk to your doctor if you want to stop taking it.
      • People who take Halcion (triazolam) can have more anxiety during the day.
      • Not typically used for long-term treatment because it can be habit-forming.
      • Some people find that it's less effective over time.
      • More likely to cause sleep-walking, sleep-driving, and sleep-eating.
      • Might not be safe if you have problems with your liver, kidneys, or lungs, or if you have a history of depression.
      • It's easy to become reliant on sleep medicines. In the long run, it's better to learn good sleeping habits and behavior so that you can sleep better naturally.
      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      triazolamAmbien
      • Take Halcion (triazolam) on an empty stomach; otherwise, it won't work as well.
      • Don't drink alcohol while taking Halcion (triazolam) since it can slow your breathing.
      • You should only use Halcion (triazolam) for 7 to10 days. If it doesn't help you sleep, talk to your doctor.
      • You might have a hangover-like feeling the next day after taking Halcion (triazolam). Be careful driving or doing anything requiring concentration until you know how your body reacts to it.
      • Only take Halcion (triazolam) if you know you're going to bed right away.
      • Take 30 to 45 minutes before bedtime.
      • Only take it if you have time to sleep for at least 7 hours.
      • Very addictive. Meant for short-term treatment. Dependence can form after daily use for 2 weeks.
      • Can cause headache, drowsiness, and dizziness.
      • Can cause sleep-walking, sleep-driving, and sleep-eating.
      • Works best if taken without food.
      • Avoid alcohol and drugs.
      • Withdrawal symptoms usually resolve in 1 to 2 nights.
      • Report any confusion or changes in thoughts or behavior.
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