Compare Sonata vs. Restoril

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Sonata
(Zaleplon)

Restoril
(Temazepam)

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.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.
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Reviews & ratings
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Reviews for Sonata (Zaleplon)
42%
of people say Sonata (Zaleplon) is worth it
24%
say it works well
27%
say it's a big hassle
Reviews for Restoril (Temazepam)
56%
+14% vs. Sonata (Zaleplon)
56%
+32% vs. Sonata (Zaleplon)
22%
+5% vs. Sonata (Zaleplon)
Side effects
SonataRestoril
  • Headache 7%
  • Abdominal pain 3%
  • Amnesia 3%
  • Muscle weakness 2%
  • Eye pain 2%
  • Menstrual cramps 2%
  • Drowsiness 2%
  • Tingling sensation 2%
  • Dizziness 2%
  • Tremor 1%
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We haven’t found good data for Restoril side effects.

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How it works
SonataRestoril
Sonata (Zaleplon) is in a class of drugs called sedative-hypnotics. Researchers don't know exactly how it works, but it interacts with your brain to make you relaxed and sleepy.Restoril (Temazepam) is a benzodiazepine. It affects chemicals in the brain to calm down your nervous system, helping you sleep and be less anxious.
Type of medication
SonataRestoril
SedativePrescription only
Anti-anxiety
Benzodiazepine
Prescription only
Available as
SonataRestoril
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for (click to learn more)
SonataRestoril
Risk factors for serious side effects
SonataRestoril
  • Continuous use for 2 weeks or more
  • Alcohol
  • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
  • Less than 7 hours of sleep
  • Undiagnosed psychiatric conditions
  • Taking with alcohol or drugs
    • Women of childbearing age
    • Breast-feeding
    Detailed Sonata (Zaleplon) risks & warnings »
    • Taking more than the prescribed dose
    • Taking longer than 4 weeks
    • History of drug abuse
    • Long-term use
    • Women of childbearing age
    • Alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
      • Taking with alcohol
      • Taking with other drugs that acts in the brain
      • Age 65 or older
      Detailed Restoril (Temazepam) risks & warnings »
      Pregnancy category
      SonataRestoril
      CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

      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.

      See the FDA package insert
      XFDA pregnancy category (Unsafe)

      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.

      See the FDA package insert
      Alcohol
      • It works best if taken without food and avoid taking it with alcohol or drugs.
      • Sonata (Zaleplon) can be disinhibiting (like alcohol) or cause hallucinations. Tell your doctor if you notice any unusual changes in behavior.
      • It is not safe to drink alcohol while taking this.
      • 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.
      Food
      • It works best if taken without food and avoid taking it with alcohol or drugs.
      No specific food-related info.
      Kidneys and liver
      • Might not be safe if you have problems with your liver, kidneys, lungs, or if you have a history of depression.
      No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
      Sex
      No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
      Sleep
      • Doesn't last as long in the body as other sleep medicines, so it's not as good at helping you stay asleep.
      • People have sleep-walked, sleep-driven, and sleep-eaten while on Sonata (Zaleplon).
      • 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.
      • 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.)
      • Only take it if you have time to sleep for at least 7 hours.
      • Can cause headache, drowsiness, or dizziness.
      • All prescription sleep-aid medicines like Sonata (Zaleplon) have a risk of physical dependence. Dependence means that you'll feel withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking the medication all at once. Talk to your doctor about natural ways to improve sleep or treat underlying conditions that prevent sleep.
      • Sonata (Zaleplon) increases your risk of performing potentially dangerous activities while asleep, such as sleep-walking, sleep-driving, and sleep-eating. Talk to your doctor immediately about stopping Sonata (Zaleplon) if any sleep-related activities occur.
      • Can be habit-forming, meaning you'll start to rely on Restoril (Temazepam) to sleep.
      • Shouldn't make you drowsy the next day as long as you're using normal doses of it.
      • Use only as needed when you can't sleep.
      • Can cause dizziness and drowsiness, so don't do anything (like driving) after taking it that requires you to focus.
      • Stopping Restoril (Temazepam) suddenly can cause withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, anxiety, agitation, flu-like symptoms, trouble sleeping, and muscle pain or burning. Withdrawal symptoms can last 6 weeks or longer. Work with your doctor to gradually reduce your dose.
      • 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.
      Weight
      No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
      Upsides and benefits
      SonataRestoril
      • 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.)
      • 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.
      Downsides and risks
      SonataRestoril
      • 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 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.
      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      SonataRestoril
      • Take 30 to 45 minutes before bedtime.
      • Only take it if you have time to sleep for at least 7 hours.
      • It's very addictive and meant for short-term treatment. Dependence can start to form after using it daily for 2 weeks.
      • Can cause headache, drowsiness, or dizziness.
      • It works best if taken without food and avoid taking it with alcohol or drugs.
      • Withdrawal symptoms usually get better in 1 to 2 days.
      • Tell your doctor about any sudden confusion or changes in thoughts or behavior.
      • 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.
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