Compare Lunesta vs. Hetlioz
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
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.
Hetlioz (tasimelteon) is the only approved medicine to help completely blind people who are unable to see light maintain regular sleep cycles. It is only available as a brand name, so it can be expensive.
- 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.
- Hetlioz (tasimelteon) is not addictive.
- Hetlioz (tasimelteon) is the only drug that's approved to help people unable to see light to have regular sleep cycles.
- If you have to stop taking Hetlioz (tasimelteon) suddenly, you're not likely to have withdrawal.
- 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.
- Hetlioz (tasimelteon) can take weeks to months for you to notice any effect.
- Hetlioz (tasimelteon) is only available as a brand name so it can be expensive.
- Non-24 hour sleep-wake cycle
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- Unpleasant Taste8%
- Dry Mouth3%
- Abnormal Dreams3%
- Urinary Tract Infection3%
- Abnormal liver tests10%
- Nightmares or abnormal dreams10%
- Common cold or flu7%
- Urinary tract infection7%
- Dependence and withdrawal
Continuous use for 2 weeks or more
- Driving impairment
...and 2 more risk factors
- Abnormal thoughts
Undiagnosed psychiatric conditions
- Sleep driving
Taking with alcohol or drugs that acts in the brain
- Risk of falls and injury
...and 4 more risk factors
- Risk to fetus
Women of childbearing age
...and 1 more risk factors