Compare Lunesta vs. Oleptro

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

Lunesta
(Eszopiclone)

Oleptro
(Trazodone)

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.Improves mood and helps you sleep. Oleptro (Trazodone) works well as a sleep aid, but has more side effects when used at higher doses for treating depression.
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4.439862542955327Lunesta
Reviews for Lunesta (Eszopiclone)
54%
of people (All ages) say Lunesta (Eszopiclone) is worth it
35%
say it works well
17%
say it's a big hassle
582 reviews
Have you used Lunesta (Eszopiclone)?
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Reviews for Oleptro (Trazodone)
72%
+18% vs. Lunesta (Eszopiclone)
48%
+13% vs. Lunesta (Eszopiclone)
24%
7% vs. Lunesta (Eszopiclone)
Have you used Oleptro (Trazodone)?
Worth itNot sureNot worth it
Side effects
LunestaOleptro
  • Unpleasant taste 31%
  • Headache 8%
  • Drowsiness 7%
  • Infection 7%
  • Dry mouth 4%
  • Indigestion 4%
  • Dizziness 3%
  • Pain 3%
  • Rash 3%
  • Itching 3%
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  • Somnolence/sedation 27%
  • Drowsiness 21%
  • Dry mouth 14%
  • Dizziness/lightheadedness 13%
  • Dizziness 13%
  • Blurred vision 11%
  • Nausea 8%
  • Fatigue 7%
  • Skin condition/edema 6%
  • Headache 6%
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How it works
LunestaOleptro
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.Oleptro (Trazodone) is a serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SRI) antidepressant. It increases serotonin activity in the brain, which regulates mood.
Type of medication
LunestaOleptro
SedativePrescription only
Antidepressant
Serotonin antagonist and reuptake inhibitor
Prescription only
Available as
LunestaOleptro
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
Used for (click to learn more)
LunestaOleptro
Risk factors for serious side effects
LunestaOleptro
  • 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 that acts in the brain
    • Elderly
    • Higher dose
    • Liver problems
    • Taking Lunesta (Eszopiclone) with other nervous system depressants
    • Long-term use
    • Women of childbearing age
    • Breast-feeding
    Detailed Lunesta (Eszopiclone) risks & warnings »
    • Age 24 years or younger
    • History of seizures
    • Alcoholism
    • Eating disorder
    • Higher dose
    • Drug interactions
      • Age 65 years or older
      • Alcohol
      • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
      Detailed Oleptro (Trazodone) 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
      LunestaOleptro
      • Might not be safe if you have a history of drug or alcohol abuse, depression, lung disease, or a condition that affects metabolism.
      • Avoid alcohol and drugs.
      No alcohol related info.
      Sleep
      LunestaOleptro
      • Effective at helping people fall asleep faster and sleep longer.
      • Only take it if you have time to sleep for at least 7 hours.
      • Can cause headache, drowsiness, and dizziness.
      • 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.
      No sleep related info.
      Upsides and benefits
      LunestaOleptro
      • 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.
      • Commonly used in lower doses to help treat sleep problems (insomnia).
      • Safer sleep medication than others (benzodiazepines or Unisom) for people age 65 and older.
      • Fewer sexual side effects than many other antidepressants.
      • Has been used for sleep and depression for a long time. There's a lot of information available about how it works and how safe it is.
      • Comes as a generic medication and is cheaper than many other sleep aides.
      • Six out of ten people who use an antidepressant for the first time find that it works for them.
      Downsides and risks
      LunestaOleptro
      • 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.
      • Not as effective as other medications for depression.
      • More sedating than other antidepressants.
      • Causes more side effects when used at higher doses for depression. Includes sleepiness, dizziness, upset stomach, and irregular heartbeat.
      • Like most antidepressants, can cause higher risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior for people age 24 and younger.
      • The first antidepressant you try doesn't always work or it can cause side effects you really don't like. You might need to try a few different medications until you find one that works for you.
      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      LunestaOleptro
      • 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.
      • Makes you sleepy. Take at bedtime.
      • Can cause temporary dry mouth and upset stomach.
      • Seek medical attention for unwanted, persistent erection.
      • Tell your doctor if you notice sudden mood changes or unusual thoughts.
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