Compare triazolam vs. Butisol

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Halcion
(triazolam)

Butisol
(butabarbital)

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 fall asleep. Butisol (butabarbital) is not very good for sleeping problems because it can be addictive.
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Side effects
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  • Drowsiness 8%
  • Headache 2%
  • Dizziness 5%
  • Nausea and vomiting 1%
  • Difficulty controlling movements 4%
  • Lightheadedness 4%
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  • Sleepiness 3%
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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.Butisol (butabarbital) is a barbiturate. It works by calming and relaxing you so you're able to sleep.
Type of medication
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Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
triazolamButisol
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
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Risk factors for serious side effects
triazolamButisol
  • 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 »
  • Having acute or chronic pain
  • age 65 or older
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Taking narcotics, tranquilizers or antihistamines
Detailed Butisol (butabarbital) 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.

Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Interactions
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No interactions related info.
  • Butisol (butabarbital) can interact with a lot of medicines, vitamins and supplements.
Alcohol
triazolamButisol
  • Don't drink alcohol while taking Halcion (triazolam) since it can slow your breathing.
  • Don't drink alcohol or take narcotics, tranquilizers or antihistamines if you're taking Butisol (butabarbital). This can slow down your breathing. Talk to your doctor about other options to help you sleep.
  • Don't drink alcohol or take narcotics with Butisol (butabarbital) since this can slow your breathing.
Pain
triazolamButisol
No pain related info.
  • If you're having acute or chronic pain, or if you're older, Butisol (butabarbital) can cause you to feel more awake instead of sleepy, or you may not notice changes in your pain until it wears off. Talk to your doctor about other options to help you sleep if this happens.
Sleep
triazolamButisol
  • 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.
No sleep related info.
Upsides and benefits
triazolamButisol
  • 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.
  • Butisol (butabarbital) works very quickly to help you fall asleep, within 45-60 minutes, and it lasts 6-8 hours.
Downsides and risks
triazolamButisol
  • 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.
  • Your body can get used to needing Butisol (butabarbital) for sleeping.
  • Butisol (butabarbital) can interact with a lot of medicines, vitamins and supplements.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
triazolamButisol
  • 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.
  • Don't use Butisol (butabarbital) for more than 2 weeks, since it doesn't work as well after that.
  • Don't stop Butisol (butabarbital) suddenly, especially if you've been taking it for a while. Talk to your doctor about how to get off it safely.
  • Don't drink alcohol or take narcotics with Butisol (butabarbital) since this can slow your breathing.
  • Butisol (butabarbital) can make your birth control less effective. You should use condoms or diaphragms while taking it.
  • Talk to your doctor if Butisol (butabarbital) doesn't help you sleep better after taking it for 7 days.
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