Compare triazolam vs. Hetlioz

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

Halcion
(triazolam)

Hetlioz
(tasimelteon)

Helps you stay asleep. Halcion (triazolam) can be used to help you fall asleep, but your body can become used to it very quickly.Keeps the sleep cycle normal for completely blind people who aren't able to see light. Hetlioz (tasimelteon) is the only approved medicine to help completely blind people who are unable to see light maintain regular sleep cycles. It is only available as a brand name, so it can be expensive.
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Side effects
triazolamHetlioz
  • Drowsiness 8%
  • Headache 2%
  • Dizziness 5%
  • Nausea and vomiting 1%
  • Difficulty controlling movements 4%
  • Lightheadedness 4%
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  • Headache 10%
  • Abnormal liver tests 5%
  • Nightmares or abnormal dreams 10%
  • Common cold or flu 7%
  • Urinary tract infection 5%
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How it works
triazolamHetlioz
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.Hetlioz (tasimelteon) is a melatonin receptor agonist. It helps you to sleep at night and stay awake during the day.
Type of medication
triazolamHetlioz
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
triazolamHetlioz
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
triazolamHetlioz
  • Non 24 Hour Sleep Wake Cycle
Risk factors for serious side effects
triazolamHetlioz
  • 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 Hetlioz (tasimelteon) 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
    triazolamHetlioz
    • Don't drink alcohol while taking Halcion (triazolam) since it can slow your breathing.
    No alcohol related info.
    Sleep
    triazolamHetlioz
    • 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 go to sleep at a different time, don't take Hetlioz (tasimelteon).
    Upsides and benefits
    triazolamHetlioz
    • 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.
    • Hetlioz (tasimelteon) is not addictive.
    • Hetlioz (tasimelteon) is the only drug that's approved to help people unable to see light to have regular sleep cycles.
    • If you have to stop taking Hetlioz (tasimelteon) suddenly, you're not likely to have withdrawal.
    Downsides and risks
    triazolamHetlioz
    • 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.
    • Hetlioz (tasimelteon) can take weeks to months for you to notice any effect.
    • Hetlioz (tasimelteon) is only available as a brand name so it can be expensive.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    triazolamHetlioz
    • 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 Hetlioz (tasimelteon) at the same time every night.
    • Take Hetlioz (tasimelteon) on an empty stomach. Swallow capsule whole. Don't crush or chew the capsule.
    • If you go to sleep at a different time, don't take Hetlioz (tasimelteon).
    • Hetlioz (tasimelteon) might take weeks or months before you notice any effects.
    • If you smoke tobacco, Hetlioz (tasimelteon) might not work as well.
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