Compare triazolam vs. Belsomra

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Halcion
(triazolam)

Belsomra
(suvorexant)

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. Belsomra (suvorexant) helps you fall asleep, but is only avaliable as a brand name so can be expensive.
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Side effects
triazolamBelsomra
  • Drowsiness 8%
  • Headache 2%
  • Dizziness 5%
  • Nausea and vomiting 1%
  • Difficulty controlling movements 4%
  • Lightheadedness 4%
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  • Headache 1%
  • Sleepiness 4%
  • Dizziness 1%
  • Diarrhea 1%
  • Dry mouth 1%
  • Cold and flu 1%
  • Abnormal dreams 1%
  • Cough 1%
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How it works
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Halcion (triazolam) is a benzodiazepine. It helps you stay asleep by extending how long you stay asleep, and improving the quality of your sleep so you don't wake up as much at night.Belsomra (suvorexant) is a newer, non-benzodiazepine option that reduces wakefulness and help with sleep by inhibiting the orexin receptors in the brain.
Type of medication
triazolamBelsomra
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
triazolamBelsomra
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
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Risk factors for serious side effects
triazolamBelsomra
  • Using Halcion (triazolam) for more than 10 days
  • People age 65 or older
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Not allowing enough time for sleep
Detailed Halcion (triazolam) risks & warnings »
  • Uncontrolled psychiatric conditions
  • Alcohol
  • Other medicines that make you sleepy or dizzy
  • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
Detailed Belsomra (suvorexant) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

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.

Alcohol
triazolamBelsomra
  • Don't drink alcohol while taking Halcion (triazolam) since it can slow your breathing.
  • Not safe to take with alcohol or sleeping medications.
Sleep
triazolamBelsomra
  • People taking Halcion (triazolam) for sleep while fighting jet lag have reported not being able to remember what happened a few hours after taking the medicine. This is more likely to happen if you drink alcohol, or if you don't have enough time to sleep. Give yourself at least 7 to 8 hours to sleep to stop this from happening.
  • If you have COPD or sleep apnea, talk to your doctor first about Belsomra (suvorexant) before starting it. Belsomra (suvorexant) can make it hard to breathe.
  • Only take if you plan to sleep at least 7 hours.
  • May be helpful if other sleep aids don't work.
  • Not recommended if you do not plan to sleep for at least 7 hours.
Upsides and benefits
triazolamBelsomra
  • 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.
  • 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 and risks
triazolamBelsomra
  • 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 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
triazolamBelsomra
  • Take Halcion (triazolam) on an empty stomach; otherwise, it won't work as well.
  • Don't drink alcohol while taking Halcion (triazolam) since it can slow your breathing.
  • You should only use Halcion (triazolam) for 7 to10 days. If it doesn't help you sleep, talk to your doctor.
  • You might have a hangover-like feeling the next day after taking Halcion (triazolam). Be careful driving or doing anything requiring concentration until you know how your body reacts to it.
  • Only take Halcion (triazolam) if you know you're going to bed right away.
  • Take Belsomra (suvorexant) 30 minutes before bedtime.
  • Only take if you plan to sleep at least 7 hours.
  • Taking Belsomra (suvorexant) on an empty stomach will quicken the effects.
  • Belsomra (suvorexant) can be addictive and is meant for short-term treatment.
  • Can cause headaches and/or dizziness.
  • Not safe to take with alcohol or sleeping medications.
  • If Belsomra (suvorexant) does not help you sleep after taking it for 10 days, consider talking to your doctor/pharmacist about other potential causes of insominia.
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