Compare triazolam vs. Remeron

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Helps you stay asleep. Halcion (triazolam) can be used to help you fall asleep, but your body can become used to it very quickly.Improves mood. Remeron (Mirtazapine) is okay for treating depression and good for sleep. More likely to cause weight gain than any other antidepressant.
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Have you used Halcion (triazolam)?
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Reviews for Remeron (Mirtazapine)
+45% better vs. Halcion (triazolam)
+39% better vs. Halcion (triazolam)
-26% worse vs. Halcion (triazolam)
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Side effects
  • Drowsiness 8%
  • Headache 2%
  • Dizziness 5%
  • Nausea and vomiting 1%
  • Difficulty controlling movements 4%
  • Lightheadedness 4%
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  • Drowsiness 36%
  • Dry mouth 10%
  • Increased appetite 15%
  • Constipation 6%
  • Weight gain 10%
  • Muscle weakness 3%
  • Dizziness 4%
  • Flu syndrome 2%
  • Abnormal dreams 3%
  • Thinking abnormal 2%
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How it works
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.Remeron (Mirtazapine) is an atypical antidepressant. It stimulates your body to make certain chemicals in the brain, such as serotonin and norepinephrine, which regulate mood.
Type of medication
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
Used for
Risk factors for serious side effects
  • 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 »
    • Age 24 years or younger
    • Using other medications that affect serotonin
    • History of heart problems
    • History of liver problems
    • Higher dose
    • Alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
        Detailed Remeron (Mirtazapine) risks & warnings »

        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.

        • Don't drink alcohol while taking Halcion (triazolam) since it can slow your breathing.
        No alcohol related info.
        • 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.
        No sleep related info.
        No weight related info.
        • More likely to cause minor weight gain (1 to 5 pounds) and raise cholesterol than any other antidepressant.
        • Can increase appetite and weight.
        • Remeron (Mirtazapine) can increase appetite and cause you to gain weight.
        Upsides and benefits
        • 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 relieving some depression symptoms.
        • Starts to work more quickly than most antidepressants.
        • Might be a good option for people who have insomnia with their depression, because it can make you very sleepy.
        • Good option for people who are underweight or frail, because it can help you gain weight.
        • Six out of ten people who use an antidepressant for the first time find that it works for them.
        Downsides and risks
        • 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 as effective as other medications for depression.
        • More sedating than other antidepressants.
        • More likely to cause minor weight gain (1 to 5 pounds) and raise cholesterol than any other antidepressant.
        • Like most antidepressants, can cause higher risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior for people age 24 and younger.
        • The first antidepressant you try doesn't always work or it can cause side effects you really don't like. You might need to try a few different medications until you find one that works for you.
        Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
        • 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.
        • Makes you sleepy. Take at bedtime.
        • Can increase appetite and weight.
        • Takes 8 to 12 weeks to see full effects on mood.
        • Stop taking slowly to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
        • Tell your doctor if you notice sudden mood changes or unusual thoughts.
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