Compare Restoril vs. Hetlioz

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

Restoril
(temazepam)

Hetlioz
(tasimelteon)

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.Keeps the sleep cycle normal for completely blind people who aren't able to see light. 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.
Reviews & ratings
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5.29Restoril
Reviews for Restoril
65%
of people (All ages) say Restoril is worth it
55%
say it works well
16%
say it's a big hassle
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Side effects
RestorilHetlioz

We haven’t found good data for Restoril side effects.

FDA side effect reports for Restoril »
  • Headache 10%
  • Abnormal liver tests 5%
  • Nightmares or abnormal dreams 10%
  • Common cold or flu 7%
  • Urinary tract infection 5%
More Hetlioz side effects »
How it works
RestorilHetlioz
Restoril (Temazepam) is a benzodiazepine. It affects chemicals in the brain to calm down your nervous system, helping you sleep and be less anxious.Hetlioz (tasimelteon) is a melatonin receptor agonist. It helps you to sleep at night and stay awake during the day.
Type of medication
RestorilHetlioz
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
RestorilHetlioz
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
RestorilHetlioz
  • Non 24 Hour Sleep Wake Cycle
Risk factors for serious side effects
RestorilHetlioz
  • Taking more than the prescribed dose
  • Taking longer than 4 weeks
  • History of drug abuse
  • Long-term use
  • Women of childbearing age
Detailed Restoril (temazepam) risks & warnings »
    Detailed Hetlioz (tasimelteon) risks & warnings »
    Pregnancy

    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
    RestorilHetlioz
    • It is not safe to drink alcohol while taking this.
    No alcohol related info.
    Sleep
    RestorilHetlioz
    • Restoril (Temazepam) can make you dizzy and drowsy, especially when combined with alcohol and many other medicines that acts in your brain. It is not recommended for people age 65 years or older.
    • Can cause dizziness and drowsiness, so don't do anything (like driving) after taking it that requires you to focus.
    • Shouldn't make you drowsy the next day as long as you're using normal doses of it.
    • If you go to sleep at a different time, don't take Hetlioz (tasimelteon).
    Upsides and benefits
    RestorilHetlioz
    • 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.
    • 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.
    Downsides and risks
    RestorilHetlioz
    • 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.
    • 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.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    RestorilHetlioz
    • Use only as needed when you can't sleep.
    • Starts working within 45 minutes.
    • Can cause dizziness and drowsiness, so don't do anything (like driving) after taking it that requires you to focus.
    • Take it only if you can get a full night's rest.
    • It is not safe to drink alcohol while taking this.
    • Tell your doctor if you notice any changes to your memory or mood.
    • Take Hetlioz (tasimelteon) at the same time every night.
    • Take Hetlioz (tasimelteon) on an empty stomach. Swallow capsule whole. Don't crush or chew the capsule.
    • If you go to sleep at a different time, don't take Hetlioz (tasimelteon).
    • Hetlioz (tasimelteon) might take weeks or months before you notice any effects.
    • If you smoke tobacco, Hetlioz (tasimelteon) might not work as well.
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