Compare triazolam vs. Doxepin

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Halcion
(triazolam)

Zonalon
(doxepin)

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 stop itching. Zonalon (Doxepin) works well treating itchy skin, but could make you sleepy.
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Best available price for 30 (0.25mg) tablets of triazolam
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Best available price for 30 (10mg) capsules of doxepin
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Side effects
triazolamDoxepin
  • Drowsiness 8%
  • Headache 2%
  • Dizziness 5%
  • Nausea and vomiting 1%
  • Difficulty controlling movements 4%
  • Lightheadedness 4%
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We haven’t found good data for Doxepin side effects.

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How it works
triazolamDoxepin
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.Zonalon (Doxepin) is an cream that stops you from itching by blocking the chemical receptors that cause itching.
Type of medication
triazolamDoxepin
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
triazolamDoxepin
  • Pill
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
Used for
triazolamDoxepin
  • Skin Intching Moderate
Risk factors for serious side effects
triazolamDoxepin
  • 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 »
    Detailed Zonalon (doxepin) 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 animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

    Price
    triazolamDoxepin
    No price related info.
    • It isn't available as a generic, so it could be kind of pricey.
    Interactions
    triazolamDoxepin
    No interactions related info.
    • Zonalon (Doxepin) can interact with other medications, vitamins, or alternative treatments.
    Alcohol
    triazolamDoxepin
    • Don't drink alcohol while taking Halcion (triazolam) since it can slow your breathing.
    No alcohol related info.
    Sleep
    triazolamDoxepin
    • 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.
    • Zonalon (Doxepin) can make you sleepy.
    Upsides and benefits
    triazolamDoxepin
    • 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.
    • 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 and risks
    triazolamDoxepin
    • 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.
    • 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.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    triazolamDoxepin
    • 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.
    • Be sure the affected area is clean and dry before applying Zonalon (Doxepin).
    • Wash your hands before and after using it.
    • Apply a thin layer of Zonalon (Doxepin) onto the affected area and rub it in gently.
    • Don’t put a bandage, dressing, or make-up over Zonalon (Doxepin) once it's on your skin.
    • It shouldn't affect you too much, but avoid activities that need you to be fully alert (like driving) until you know how it works.
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