Compare Oleptro vs. Ambien

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

Oleptro (Trazodone)

Prescription only

Ambien (zolpidem)

Prescription only
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.

3.6/ 5 average rating with 59 reviewsforOleptro
Helps you sleep.

Ambien (zolpidem) aids in falling asleep and staying asleep, but it can be habit-forming and might be more likely than other sleep medicines to cause side effects.

3.7/ 5 average rating with 1375 reviewsforAmbien
Upsides
  • 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.
  • Effective at helping people fall asleep faster and sleep longer.
  • Extended release form is particularly good for staying asleep, and you can use it for longer than the immediate release form.
  • Generic is available.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Not typically used for long-term treatment because it can be habit-forming.
  • Some people find that Ambien (zolpidem) becomes less effective over time.
  • More likely to cause sleep-walking, sleep-driving, and sleep-eating.
  • Might not be safe if you have problems with your liver, kidneys, lungs, or if you have a history of depression.
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Oral spray
  • Sublingual pill
Price
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Reviews
59 reviews so far
73%
saidit'sworth it
49%
saiditworked well
24%
saidit'sa big hassle

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1375 reviews so far
67%
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saiditworked well
16%
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Side effects
29possible side effects
  • Somnolence/Sedation
    46%
  • Drowsiness
    41%
  • Dry Mouth
    34%
  • Headache
    33%
  • Dizziness/Lightheadedness
    28%
  • Dry mouth
    25%
  • Dizziness
    25%
  • Nausea
    21%
  • Blurred Vision
    15%
  • Fatigue
    15%
  • Nausea/Vomiting
    13%
  • Diarrhea
    9%
  • Constipation
    8%
  • Skin Condition/Edema
    7%
  • Weight Loss
    6%
  • Nasal/Sinus Congestion
    6%
  • Abdominal/Gastric Disorder
    6%
  • Syncope
    5%
  • Musculoskeletal Aches/Pains
    5%
  • Tremors
    5%
  • Nightmares/Vivid Dreams
    5%
  • Weight Gain
    5%
  • Back pain
    5%
  • Vision blurred
    5%
  • Sexual dysfunction
    5%
  • Hypotension
    4%
  • Incoordination
    2%
  • Ejaculation disorders
    2%
  • Decreased libido
    2%
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18possible side effects
  • Drowsiness
    8%
  • Headache
    7%
  • Dizziness
    5%
  • Allergic reactions
    4%
  • Sinus infection
    4%
  • Dry mouth
    3%
  • Back pain
    3%
  • Lack of energy
    3%
  • Drugged feeling
    3%
  • Diarrhea
    3%
  • Sore throat
    3%
  • Flu-like symptoms
    2%
  • Racing heart
    2%
  • Lightheadedness
    2%
  • Depression
    2%
  • Abdominal pain
    2%
  • Constipation
    2%
  • Rash
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior
    • Age 24 years or younger
  • Seizures
    • History of seizures
    • Alcoholism
    • Eating disorder
    • Higher dose
    • Drug interactions
  • Painful erection
  • Low blood pressure
    • Age 65 years or older
  • Driving impairment
    • Alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
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  • Dependence and withdrawal
    • Continuous use of Ambien (zolpidem) for 2 weeks or more
  • Driving impairment
    • Alcohol
    • Taking other medications that make you less alert
    • Less than 8 hours of sleep.
  • Abnormal thoughts
    • Undiagnosed psychiatric conditions
  • Performing activities while asleep
    • Taking Ambien (zolpidem) with alcohol or drugs that cause drowsiness
  • Risk of falls and injury
    • Higher dose
    • Liver problems
    • Taking Ambien (zolpidem) with other nervous system depressants
    • Long-term use
    • Elderly (70 years or older)
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