Compare Xanax vs. Restoril

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

Xanax (alprazolam)

Prescription only

Restoril (Temazepam)

Prescription only
Helps you relax.

Xanax (alprazolam) effectively treats occasional or short-term anxiety and panic attacks. Compared to similar drugs, it is more likely to cause withdrawal symptoms and can have more interactions with some medicines.

5.3/ 7 average rating with 1287 reviewsforXanax
Helps you relax and sleep.

Restoril (Temazepam) is a good short-term option to help you sleep, but it shouldn't replace good sleep habits.

5.3/ 7 average rating with 51 reviewsforRestoril
Upsides
  • Xanax (alprazolam) can be used to manage anxiety associated with depression.
  • Works very quickly - in hours.
  • Available in generic.
  • Helps you fall asleep and stay asleep.
  • Can be helpful to reduce anxiety.
  • Shouldn't make you drowsy the next day as long as you're using normal doses of it.
Downsides
  • Use of Xanax (alprazolam) can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion.
  • Xanax (alprazolam) can be habit-forming, so it's not typically used for long-term treatment.
  • Compared to other similar drugs, Xanax (alprazolam) is more likely to cause withdrawal symptoms if you take it for a long time and then stop suddenly.
  • If you have liver problems, Xanax (alprazolam) may not be the best choice since it is processed by the liver. Several drugs can also interfere with how Xanax (alprazolam) works. Talk to your doctor to see if Xanax (alprazolam) is right for you.
  • Can be habit-forming, meaning you'll start to rely on Restoril (Temazepam) to sleep.
  • Your body can get used to Restoril (Temazepam) and it may not work as well long-term.
  • It's not recommended for people age 65 years or older.
  • Can't be used by pregnant women since it'll cause harm to the baby.
  • If it's used everyday for more than 2 to 4 weeks and you decide to stop taking Restoril (Temazepam), you'll need to work with your doctor to slowly get off the drug to avoid extra side effects.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
  • Pill
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Reviews
1287 
74%
think this treatment is worth it
55%
think this treatment works well
13%
think this treatment is a hassle

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51 
65%
think this treatment is worth it
55%
think this treatment works well
16%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
10possible side effects
  • Drowsiness
    41%
  • Lightheadedness
    21%
  • Dry mouth
    15%
  • Depression
    14%
  • Headache
    13%
  • Confusion
    10%
  • Constipation
    10%
  • Diarrhea
    10%
  • Nausea/vomiting
    10%
  • Difficulty sleeping
    9%
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The Restoril (Temazepam) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Decreased breathing from use with opioids

    Taking Xanax (alprazolam) with opioids, drugs or alcohol

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Dependence and withdrawal

    History of substance abuse

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior

    Severe depression

  • Driving impairment

    Taking with alcohol or drugs

  • Drug interactions

    Current liver problems

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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  • Tolerance and dependence

    Taking more than the prescribed dose

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Withdrawal

    Long-term use

  • Harm to fetus

    Women of childbearing age

  • Driving impairment

    Alcohol

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Falls

    Taking with alcohol

    ...and 2 more risk factors

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