Compare triazolam vs. Silenor

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Halcion
(triazolam)

Silenor
(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 relax, and sleep. Doxepin is a non-addictive way to help people stay asleep, but it comes with a list of side effects.
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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
triazolamSilenor
  • Drowsiness 8%
  • Headache 2%
  • Dizziness 5%
  • Nausea and vomiting 1%
  • Difficulty controlling movements 4%
  • Lightheadedness 4%
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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.Doxepin is a tricyclic antidepressant. It keeps norepinephrine and serotonin in your brain longer, helping you relax, and sleep. It also blocks the chemical that causes itch, and wakefulness.
Type of medication
triazolamSilenor
Prescription only
Available as
triazolamSilenor
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Liquid
Used for
triazolamSilenor
  • Alcoholism Anxiety Depression Anxiety Depression Anxiety Depression Psychoneurotic Personality Disorder Insomnia Pruritus Moderate
Risk factors for serious side effects
triazolamSilenor
  • 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 »
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    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 found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Interactions
    triazolamSilenor
    No interactions related info.
    • Doxepin can interact with many different medications, vitamins, and alternative treatments.
    Alcohol
    triazolamSilenor
    • Don't drink alcohol while taking Halcion (triazolam) since it can slow your breathing.
    • Stay away from alcohol while taking Doxepin, because it can slow your brain, and stop your breathing.
    Sleep
    triazolamSilenor
    • 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.
    Weight
    triazolamSilenor
    No weight related info.
    • Doxepin can increase your appetite, leading to weight gain.
    Upsides and benefits
    triazolamSilenor
    • 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 a clinical trial Doxepin was able to significantly improve sleep quality.
    • Doxepin helps improve your appetite, energy level, and sense of well-being, which increases your interests.
    • Once your body gets used to Doxepin, most of the side effects go away.
    • Doxepin comes in a generic form, so it is pretty cheap.
    • Doxepin is not addictive.
    Downsides and risks
    triazolamSilenor
    • 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.
    • Some people taking Doxepin walk, drive, eat, and have sex while sleeping. Be sure to tell your doctor if this happens to you.
    • Doxepin can increase your appetite, leading to weight gain.
    • Taking Doxepin can make emptying your bladder difficult.
    • Some people have suicidal thoughts when taking Doxepin.
    • Doxepin can interact with many different medications, vitamins, and alternative treatments.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    triazolamSilenor
    • 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 Doxepin 30 minutes before bedtime so it starts working when you get in bed.
    • Avoid activities that need you to be fully alert like driving, until you know how Doxepin affects you.
    • Follow up with your doctor so he or she can make sure Doxepin is the right medication for your depression.
    • Stay away from alcohol while taking Doxepin, because it can slow your brain, and stop your breathing.
    • Some people get dry mouth, or constipation when taking Doxepin. Sugar free gum or candy can help the dry mouth, and drinking more fluid can help with constipation.
    • Avoid direct sunlight while taking this medication. When you can’t avoid it, be sure to use sunscreen. It’s also important to put on a long-sleeved shirt, pants, hat, and sunglasses.
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