Compare Lunesta vs. Estazolam

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

Lunesta
(eszopiclone)

Prosom
(estazolam)

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 stay asleep longer. Prosom (estazolam) can help you sleep, but you might feel hungover the next day.
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4.47Lunesta
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
LunestaEstazolam
  • 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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  • Sleepiness 15%
  • Weakness 3%
  • Difficulty controlling muscles 4%
  • Dizziness 4%
  • Abnormal coordination 3%
  • Leg and foot pain 1%
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How it works
LunestaEstazolam
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.Prosom (estazolam) is a benzodiazepine. It helps you stay asleep by improving the quality of your sleep so you don't wake up as much at night.
Type of medication
LunestaEstazolam
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
LunestaEstazolam
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
LunestaEstazolam
Risk factors for serious side effects
LunestaEstazolam
  • 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 »
  • Using Prosom (estazolam) for more than 10 days
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Taking sedative medicines
  • People age 65 or older
Detailed Prosom (estazolam) 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 real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

Alcohol
LunestaEstazolam
  • 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.
  • Don't drink alcohol or take other narcotics with Prosom (estazolam) because it can slow your breathing.
Sleep
LunestaEstazolam
  • 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.
No sleep related info.
Upsides and benefits
LunestaEstazolam
  • 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.
  • Prosom (estazolam) is available in generic.
Downsides and risks
LunestaEstazolam
  • 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.
  • Prosom (estazolam) isn't recommended if you're age 65 or older because the side effects can be more intense.
  • You can become dependent on Prosom (estazolam) if you take it for more than a few weeks.
  • If you stop Prosom (estazolam) suddenly after taking it for a while, your insomnia might come back even worse than when you started.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
LunestaEstazolam
  • 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.
  • Don't take Prosom (estazolam) unless you know you'll be going to sleep right away.
  • Make sure you can sleep for at least 8 hours before you take it.
  • Prosom (estazolam) works best if you develop good sleeping habits.
  • Take Prosom (estazolam) for the shortest amount of time needed to treat your insomnia since it can be addicting.
  • Don't drink alcohol or take other narcotics with Prosom (estazolam) because it can slow your breathing.
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