Compare Halcion vs. Sonata

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Halcion
(Triazolam)

Sonata
(Zaleplon)

Coming soon.Helps you sleep. Sonata (Zaleplon) helps you fall asleep, but it's not as good for staying asleep. It also interacts with a lot of diseases and other drugs.
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Reviews for Sonata (Zaleplon)
42%
8% vs. Halcion (Triazolam)
24%
26% vs. Halcion (Triazolam)
27%
27% vs. Halcion (Triazolam)
Side effects
HalcionSonata

We haven’t found good data for Halcion side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Halcion »
  • Headache 7%
  • Abdominal pain 3%
  • Amnesia 3%
  • Muscle weakness 2%
  • Eye pain 2%
  • Menstrual cramps 2%
  • Drowsiness 2%
  • Tingling sensation 2%
  • Dizziness 2%
  • Tremor 1%
More Sonata side effects »
How it works
HalcionSonata
Coming soon.Sonata (Zaleplon) 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
HalcionSonata
Coming soon.
SedativePrescription only
Available as
HalcionSonata
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for (click to learn more)
HalcionSonata
  • Insomnia
Risk factors for serious side effects
HalcionSonata
Coming soon.
  • 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
    • Women of childbearing age
    • Breast-feeding
    Detailed Sonata (Zaleplon) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy category
    HalcionSonata
    XFDA pregnancy category (Unsafe)

    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.

    See the FDA package insert
    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. 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.

    See the FDA package insert
    Alcohol
    No specific alcohol-related info.
    • It works best if taken without food and avoid taking it with alcohol or drugs.
    • Sonata (Zaleplon) can be disinhibiting (like alcohol) or cause hallucinations. Tell your doctor if you notice any unusual changes in behavior.
    Food
    No specific food-related info.
    • It works best if taken without food and avoid taking it with alcohol or drugs.
    Kidneys and liver
    No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
    • Might not be safe if you have problems with your liver, kidneys, lungs, or if you have a history of depression.
    Sex
    No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
    Sleep
    No specific sleep-related info.
    • Doesn't last as long in the body as other sleep medicines, so it's not as good at helping you stay asleep.
    • People have sleep-walked, sleep-driven, and sleep-eaten while on Sonata (Zaleplon).
    • It's easy to become reliant on sleep medicines. In the long run, it's better to learn good sleeping habits and behaviors so you can sleep better naturally.
    • Doesn't last as long in the body as some other sleep medicines, so it's okay to take it in the middle of the night as long as you enough time to sleep. (But be sure to discuss it with your doctor first.)
    • Only take it if you have time to sleep for at least 7 hours.
    • Can cause headache, drowsiness, or dizziness.
    • All prescription sleep-aid medicines like Sonata (Zaleplon) have a risk of physical dependence. Dependence means that you'll feel withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking the medication all at once. Talk to your doctor about natural ways to improve sleep or treat underlying conditions that prevent sleep.
    • Sonata (Zaleplon) increases your risk of performing potentially dangerous activities while asleep, such as sleep-walking, sleep-driving, and sleep-eating. Talk to your doctor immediately about stopping Sonata (Zaleplon) if any sleep-related activities occur.
    Weight
    No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    HalcionSonata
    Coming soon.
    • Effective at helping people fall asleep faster.
    • Doesn't last as long in the body as some other sleep medicines, so it's okay to take it in the middle of the night as long as you enough time to sleep. (But be sure to discuss it with your doctor first.)
    Downsides and risks
    HalcionSonata
    Coming soon.
    • Not typically used for long-term treatment since it can be habit-forming.
    • Doesn't last as long in the body as other sleep medicines, so it's not as good at helping you stay asleep.
    • Interacts badly with many other medications.
    • Not a good option if you're pregnant or breast-feeding.
    • People have sleep-walked, sleep-driven, and sleep-eaten while on Sonata (Zaleplon).
    • Might not be safe if you have problems with your liver, kidneys, 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 behaviors so you can sleep better naturally.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    HalcionSonata
    Coming soon.
    • Take 30 to 45 minutes before bedtime.
    • Only take it if you have time to sleep for at least 7 hours.
    • It's very addictive and meant for short-term treatment. Dependence can start to form after using it daily for 2 weeks.
    • Can cause headache, drowsiness, or dizziness.
    • It works best if taken without food and avoid taking it with alcohol or drugs.
    • Withdrawal symptoms usually get better in 1 to 2 days.
    • Tell your doctor about any sudden confusion or changes in thoughts or behavior.
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