Compare Sonata vs. Belsomra

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

Sonata (Zaleplon)

Prescription only

Belsomra (suvorexant)

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 sleep.

Belsomra (suvorexant) helps you fall asleep, but is only avaliable as a brand name so can be expensive.

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.)
  • May be helpful if other sleep aids don't work.
  • Works quickly, especially on an empty stomach.
  • Might be a good option for the elderly.
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.
  • Not usually used for long-term treatment since it can be habit-forming.
  • Belsomra (suvorexant) is likely expensive since it's only available as a brand name, but coupon savings program could be available.
  • Not recommended if you do not plan to sleep for at least 7 hours.
  • Belsomra (suvorexant) may cause sleep paralysis.
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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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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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8possible side effects
  • Headache
    7%
  • Sleepiness
    7%
  • Dizziness
    3%
  • Diarrhea
    2%
  • Dry mouth
    2%
  • Cold and flu
    2%
  • Abnormal dreams
    2%
  • Cough
    2%
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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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  • Changes in thoughts

    Uncontrolled psychiatric conditions

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Hangover effect

    Alcohol

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Dependence and withdrawal

    Continuous use for 2 weeks or more

  • Depression

    Risk increases with dose

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Difficulty breathing

    Sleep apnea

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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