Compare Sonata vs. Doxepin

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Sonata (Zaleplon)

Prescription only

Zonalon (Doxepin)

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 stop itching.

Zonalon (Doxepin) works well treating itchy skin, but could make you sleepy.

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.)
  • In clinical trials, Zonalon (Doxepin) was found to be the most effective cream for treating itchy skin.
  • You can use Zonalon (Doxepin) for up to 8 days at a time.
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.
  • You need a prescription for Zonalon (Doxepin).
  • It isn't available as a generic, so it could be kind of pricey.
  • Zonalon (Doxepin) can make you sleepy.
  • Zonalon (Doxepin) can interact with other medications, vitamins, or alternative treatments.
Used for
  • Skin intching (moderate)
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
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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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The Zonalon (Doxepin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
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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