Compare Silenor vs. Dalmane

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

Silenor
(doxepin)

Dalmane
(flurazepam)

Helps you relax, and sleep. Doxepin is a non-addictive way to help people stay asleep, but it comes with a list of side effects.Helps you fall asleep. Dalmane (flurazepam) helps you fall asleep, but its effect can carry over to the next day and be addictive.
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Side effects
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We haven’t found good data for Silenor side effects.

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How it works
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Doxepin is a tricyclic antidepressant. It keeps norepinephrine and serotonin in your brain longer, helping you relax, and sleep. It also blocks the chemical that causes itch, and wakefulness.Dalmane (flurazepam) is a benzodiazepine. It activates the part of your brain for resting and digesting.
Type of medication
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Prescription only
Available as
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  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Capsule
Used for
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  • Alcoholism Anxiety Depression Anxiety Depression Anxiety Depression Psychoneurotic Personality Disorder Insomnia Pruritus Moderate
Risk factors for serious side effects
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    Coming soon.
    • Alcohol
    • Taking narcotics, tranquilizers or antihistamines
    • Women
    • Over age 65
    Detailed Dalmane (flurazepam) 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.

    Interactions
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    • Doxepin can interact with many different medications, vitamins, and alternative treatments.
    No interactions related info.
    Alcohol
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    • Stay away from alcohol while taking Doxepin, because it can slow your brain, and stop your breathing.
    • Can be dangerous if combined with alcohol or narcotics.
    Sleep
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    No sleep related info.
    • People taking Dalmane (flurazepam) for sleep have reported having difficulty concentrating the next day, and have problems driving or operating machinery. Talk to your doctor if this is a problem.
    • Can make you feel sleepy and unable to concentrate the next day. This hangover effect is especially worse for women and elderly.
    Weight
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    • Doxepin can increase your appetite, leading to weight gain.
    No weight related info.
    Upsides and benefits
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    • In a clinical trial Doxepin was able to significantly improve sleep quality.
    • Doxepin helps improve your appetite, energy level, and sense of well-being, which increases your interests.
    • Once your body gets used to Doxepin, most of the side effects go away.
    • Doxepin comes in a generic form, so it is pretty cheap.
    • Doxepin is not addictive.
    • Dalmane (flurazepam) works 15-30 minutes after taking it.
    • Dalmane (flurazepam) is available in generic.
    Downsides and risks
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    • Some people taking Doxepin walk, drive, eat, and have sex while sleeping. Be sure to tell your doctor if this happens to you.
    • Doxepin can increase your appetite, leading to weight gain.
    • Taking Doxepin can make emptying your bladder difficult.
    • Some people have suicidal thoughts when taking Doxepin.
    • Doxepin can interact with many different medications, vitamins, and alternative treatments.
    • Can make you feel sleepy and unable to concentrate the next day. This hangover effect is especially worse for women and elderly.
    • Should only be used short-term because it can be addicting.
    • Can cause sleep-walking or other sleep-related activities that you may not remember doing the next day.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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    • Take Doxepin 30 minutes before bedtime so it starts working when you get in bed.
    • Avoid activities that need you to be fully alert like driving, until you know how Doxepin affects you.
    • Follow up with your doctor so he or she can make sure Doxepin is the right medication for your depression.
    • Stay away from alcohol while taking Doxepin, because it can slow your brain, and stop your breathing.
    • Some people get dry mouth, or constipation when taking Doxepin. Sugar free gum or candy can help the dry mouth, and drinking more fluid can help with constipation.
    • Avoid direct sunlight while taking this medication. When you can’t avoid it, be sure to use sunscreen. It’s also important to put on a long-sleeved shirt, pants, hat, and sunglasses.
    • Can be dangerous if combined with alcohol or narcotics.
    • Effect lasts long and may carry into the next morning. Take Dalmane (flurazepam) only if you expect to be in bed for full 7-8 hours.
    • Can cause rebound insomnia if you stop taking it, especially if you've been on it for a while.
    • Can cause sleep walking or doing other behaviors while asleep. Talk to your doctor right away if this happens.
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