Compare triazolam vs. oxazepam

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

Halcion (triazolam)

Prescription only

Serax (oxazepam)

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.

Controls anxiety symptoms and alcohol withdrawal.

Serax (oxazepam) helps make sure the seizures that happen during alcohol withdrawal don't get worse. Serax (oxazepam) is also good for short-term relief of anxiety symptoms.

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.
  • Serax (oxazepam) is a first choice medicine to treat seizures that can happen in alcohol withdrawal.
  • Serax (oxazepam) only lasts for a short time, so there's little risk of hangover effects or sleepiness.
  • Serax (oxazepam) is recommended for people who have advanced liver disease because it doesn't affect the liver.
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.
  • Serax (oxazepam) is addictive, so its use for anxiety should be limited to the shortest time possible.
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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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The Serax (oxazepam) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Tolerance and addiction

    Using Halcion (triazolam) for more than 10 days

  • Hangover effect

    People age 65 or older

  • Memory loss

    Drinking alcohol

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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  • Breathing problems, coma, and death

    Taking opioids

  • Low blood pressure

    People age 65 or older

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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