Compare Lunesta vs. Dalmane

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

Lunesta
(eszopiclone)

Dalmane
(flurazepam)

Helps you sleep. Lunesta (Eszopiclone) is good for falling asleep and staying asleep. Not as habit-forming as some sleep medicines, but more likely to cause withdrawal symptoms if you stop suddenly.Helps you fall asleep. Dalmane (flurazepam) helps you fall asleep, but its effect can carry over to the next day and be addictive.
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Reviews for Lunesta
55%
of people (All ages) say Lunesta is worth it
36%
say it works well
17%
say it's a big hassle
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Side effects
LunestaDalmane
  • Headache 8%
  • Unpleasant taste 14%
  • Drowsiness 7%
  • Dizziness 1%
  • Nausea 1%
  • Infection 2%
  • Dry mouth 2%
  • Nervousness 2%
  • Low mood disorder 4%
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How it works
LunestaDalmane
Lunesta (Eszopiclone) 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.Dalmane (flurazepam) is a benzodiazepine. It activates the part of your brain for resting and digesting.
Type of medication
LunestaDalmane
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
LunestaDalmane
  • Pill
  • Capsule
Used for
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Risk factors for serious side effects
LunestaDalmane
  • 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
Detailed Lunesta (eszopiclone) risks & warnings »
  • Alcohol
  • Taking narcotics, tranquilizers or antihistamines
  • Women
  • Over age 65
Detailed Dalmane (flurazepam) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

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.

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
LunestaDalmane
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Might not be safe if you have a history of drug or alcohol abuse, depression, lung disease, or a condition that affects metabolism.
  • Can be dangerous if combined with alcohol or narcotics.
Sleep
LunestaDalmane
  • Lunesta (Eszopiclone) 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 Lunesta (Eszopiclone) 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.
  • Only take it if you have time to sleep for at least 7 hours.
  • Can cause headache, drowsiness, and dizziness.
  • Effective at helping people fall asleep faster and sleep longer.
  • People taking Dalmane (flurazepam) for sleep have reported having difficulty concentrating the next day, and have problems driving or operating machinery. Talk to your doctor if this is a problem.
  • Can make you feel sleepy and unable to concentrate the next day. This hangover effect is especially worse for women and elderly.
Upsides and benefits
LunestaDalmane
  • Effective at helping people fall asleep faster and sleep longer.
  • Not as habit-forming, so you can use it for longer than most other sleep medicines.
  • Dalmane (flurazepam) works 15-30 minutes after taking it.
  • Dalmane (flurazepam) is available in generic.
Downsides and risks
LunestaDalmane
  • More likely to cause withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking it suddenly.
  • Might not be safe if you have a history of drug or alcohol abuse, depression, lung disease, or a condition that affects metabolism.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
LunestaDalmane
  • 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.
  • Can be dangerous if combined with alcohol or narcotics.
  • Effect lasts long and may carry into the next morning. Take Dalmane (flurazepam) only if you expect to be in bed for full 7-8 hours.
  • Can cause rebound insomnia if you stop taking it, especially if you've been on it for a while.
  • Can cause sleep walking or doing other behaviors while asleep. Talk to your doctor right away if this happens.
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