Compare Restoril vs. Ambien

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

Restoril (Temazepam)

Prescription only

Ambien (zolpidem)

Prescription only
Helps you relax and sleep.

Restoril (Temazepam) is a good short-term option to help you sleep, but it shouldn't replace good sleep habits.

5.3/ 7 average rating with 51 reviewsforRestoril
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.

5.1/ 7 average rating with 1375 reviewsforAmbien
Upsides
  • Helps you fall asleep and stay asleep.
  • Can be helpful to reduce anxiety.
  • Shouldn't make you drowsy the next day as long as you're using normal doses of it.
  • 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
  • Can be habit-forming, meaning you'll start to rely on Restoril (Temazepam) to sleep.
  • Your body can get used to Restoril (Temazepam) and it may not work as well long-term.
  • It's not recommended for people age 65 years or older.
  • Can't be used by pregnant women since it'll cause harm to the baby.
  • If it's used everyday for more than 2 to 4 weeks and you decide to stop taking Restoril (Temazepam), you'll need to work with your doctor to slowly get off the drug to avoid extra side effects.
  • 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.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Oral spray
  • Sublingual pill
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Reviews
51 
65%
think this treatment is worth it
55%
think this treatment works well
16%
think this treatment is a hassle

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1375 
67%
think this treatment is worth it
50%
think this treatment works well
16%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
The Restoril (Temazepam) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
10possible 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%
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Risks and warnings
  • Tolerance and dependence

    Taking more than the prescribed dose

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Withdrawal

    Long-term use

  • Harm to fetus

    Women of childbearing age

  • Driving impairment

    Alcohol

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Falls

    Taking with alcohol

    ...and 2 more risk factors

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  • Dependence and withdrawal

    Continuous use of Ambien (zolpidem) for 2 weeks or more

  • Driving impairment

    Alcohol

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • 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

    ...and 4 more risk factors

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