Compare triazolam vs. Ambien

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

Halcion (triazolam)

Prescription only

Ambien (zolpidem)

Prescription only
Helps you stay asleep.

Halcion (triazolam) can be used to help you fall asleep, but your body can become used to it very quickly.

Helps you sleep.

Ambien (zolpidem) aids in falling asleep and staying asleep, but it can be habit-forming and might be more likely than other sleep medicines to cause side effects.

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Upsides
  • Halcion (triazolam) is available as a generic.
  • Compared to other similar medicines, you're less likely to have a hangover effect from Halcion (triazolam) the next day.
  • Effective at helping people fall asleep faster and sleep longer.
  • Extended release form is particularly good for staying asleep, and you can use it for longer than the immediate release form.
  • Generic is available.
Downsides
  • Your body can get used to Halcion (triazolam) after 2 weeks.
  • Stopping Halcion (triazolam) suddenly can make your insomnia worse. Talk to your doctor if you want to stop taking it.
  • People who take Halcion (triazolam) can have more anxiety during the day.
  • Not typically used for long-term treatment because it can be habit-forming.
  • Some people find that Ambien (zolpidem) becomes less effective over time.
  • More likely to cause sleep-walking, sleep-driving, and sleep-eating.
  • Might not be safe if you have problems with your liver, kidneys, lungs, or if you have a history of depression.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Oral spray
  • Sublingual pill
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Side effects
7possible side effects
  • Drowsiness
    14%
  • Headache
    10%
  • Dizziness
    8%
  • Nervousness
    5%
  • Nausea and vomiting
    5%
  • Difficulty controlling movements
    5%
  • Lightheadedness
    5%
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18possible side effects
  • Drowsiness
    8%
  • Headache
    7%
  • Dizziness
    5%
  • Allergic reactions
    4%
  • Sinus infection
    4%
  • Dry mouth
    3%
  • Back pain
    3%
  • Lack of energy
    3%
  • Drugged feeling
    3%
  • Diarrhea
    3%
  • Sore throat
    3%
  • Flu-like symptoms
    2%
  • Racing heart
    2%
  • Lightheadedness
    2%
  • Depression
    2%
  • Abdominal pain
    2%
  • Constipation
    2%
  • Rash
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Tolerance and addiction
    • Using Halcion (triazolam) for more than 10 days
  • Behavior changes
  • Hangover effect
    • People age 65 or older
  • Memory loss
    • Drinking alcohol
    • Not allowing enough time for sleep
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  • Dependence and withdrawal
    • Continuous use of Ambien (zolpidem) for 2 weeks or more
  • Driving impairment
    • Alcohol
    • Taking other medications that make you less alert
    • Less than 8 hours of sleep.
  • Abnormal thoughts
    • Undiagnosed psychiatric conditions
  • Performing activities while asleep
    • Taking Ambien (zolpidem) with alcohol or drugs that cause drowsiness
  • Risk of falls and injury
    • Higher dose
    • Liver problems
    • Taking Ambien (zolpidem) with other nervous system depressants
    • Long-term use
    • Elderly (70 years or older)
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