Compare Sonata vs. Ativan

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

Sonata (Zaleplon)

Prescription only

Ativan (lorazepam)

Prescription only
Helps you sleep.

Sonata (Zaleplon) helps you fall asleep, but it's not as good for staying asleep. It also interacts with a lot of diseases and other drugs.

3.8/ 7 average rating with 175 reviewsforSonata
Helps you relax.

Ativan (lorazepam) is an effective medicine for occasional or short-term anxiety. It's less likely to have drug interactions, but more likely to cause withdrawal symptoms compared to similar drugs.

5.1/ 7 average rating with 642 reviewsforAtivan
Upsides
  • Effective at helping people fall asleep faster.
  • Doesn't last as long in the body as some other sleep medicines, so it's okay to take it in the middle of the night as long as you enough time to sleep. (But be sure to discuss it with your doctor first.)
  • Effective at relieving short-term anxiety.
  • Can be used together with antidepressants to manage anxiety disorders. Especially helpful for anxiety symptoms while you wait for an antidepressant to kick in.
  • Less likely to have drug interactions compared to other drugs like it, so it might be a better option if you're taking multiple medications.
Downsides
  • Not typically used for long-term treatment since it can be habit-forming.
  • Doesn't last as long in the body as other sleep medicines, so it's not as good at helping you stay asleep.
  • Interacts badly with many other medications.
  • Not a good option if you're pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • People have sleep-walked, sleep-driven, and sleep-eaten while on Sonata (Zaleplon).
  • Might not be safe if you have problems with your liver, kidneys, lungs, or if you have a history of depression.
  • It's easy to become reliant on sleep medicines. In the long run, it's better to learn good sleeping habits and behaviors so you can sleep better naturally.
  • Can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion.
  • Can be habit-forming, so it's not typically used for long-term treatment or for people who've had problems with drug or alcohol abuse.
  • Compared to other similar medicines, Ativan (lorazepam) is more likely to cause withdrawal if you take it for a long time and then suddenly stop.
  • Most people find that Ativan (lorazepam) gets less effective over time.
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Dosage forms
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  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Injection
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Reviews
175 
42%
think this treatment is worth it
23%
think this treatment works well
27%
think this treatment is a hassle

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642 
71%
think this treatment is worth it
51%
think this treatment works well
15%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
10possible side effects
  • Headache
    42%
  • Dizziness
    9%
  • Nausea
    8%
  • Asthenia
    7%
  • Abdominal Pain
    6%
  • Somnolence
    6%
  • Amnesia
    4%
  • Dysmenorrhea
    4%
  • Paresthesia
    3%
  • Eye pain
    3%
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4possible side effects
  • Sleepiness
    16%
  • Dizziness
    7%
  • Weakness
    4%
  • Unsteadiness
    3%
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Risks and warnings
  • Dependence and withdrawal

    Continuous use for 2 weeks or more

  • Driving impairment

    Alcohol

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Abnormal thoughts

    Undiagnosed psychiatric conditions

  • Sleep driving

    Taking with alcohol or drugs

  • Risk to fetus

    Women of childbearing age

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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  • Severe sedation with opioid use

    Taking with opioids

  • Tolerance and dependence

    Taking more than the prescribed dose

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Withdrawal

    Long-term use

  • Driving impairment

    Alcohol

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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