Compare Halcion vs. Sonata

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

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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Have you used Halcion (Triazolam)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Reviews for Sonata (Zaleplon)
42%
-8% worse vs. Halcion (Triazolam)
23%
-52% worse vs. Halcion (Triazolam)
27%
-2% worse vs. Halcion (Triazolam)
175 reviews
Have you used Sonata (Zaleplon)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Side effects
HalcionSonata

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

FDA side effect reports for Halcion »
  • Abdominal pain 3%
  • Drowsiness 1%
  • Eye pain 2%
  • Tingling sensation 2%
  • Menstrual cramps 1%
  • Amnesia 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
Prescription only
Available as
HalcionSonata
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
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

    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.

    Interactions
    HalcionSonata
    No interactions related info.
    • Interacts badly with many other medications.
    Alcohol
    HalcionSonata
    No alcohol related info.
    • It works best if taken without food and avoid taking it with alcohol or drugs.
    Kidneys and liver
    HalcionSonata
    No 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.
    Sleep
    HalcionSonata
    No sleep related info.
    • Effective at helping people fall asleep faster.
    • People have sleep-walked, sleep-driven, and sleep-eaten while on Sonata (Zaleplon).
    • Only take it if you have time to sleep for at least 7 hours.
    • Can cause headache, drowsiness, or dizziness.
    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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