Compare Xanax vs. triazolam

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

Xanax
(Alprazolam)

Halcion
(triazolam)

Helps you relax. Xanax (Alprazolam) is okay for occasional or short-term use (up to 4 weeks) for anxiety, and longer-term for panic attacks. More likely to cause withdrawal symptoms compared to similar drugs.Helps you stay asleep. Halcion (triazolam) can be used to help you fall asleep, but your body can become used to it very quickly.
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5.35Xanax
Reviews for Xanax (Alprazolam)
74%
of people (All ages) say Xanax (Alprazolam) is worth it
55%
say it works well
13%
say it's a big hassle
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Side effects
Xanaxtriazolam
  • Drowsiness 34%
  • Fatigue and tiredness 6%
  • Impaired coordination 23%
  • Irritability 3%
  • Memory impairment 11%
  • Increased appetite 10%
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  • Drowsiness 8%
  • Headache 2%
  • Dizziness 5%
  • Nausea and vomiting 1%
  • Difficulty controlling movements 4%
  • Lightheadedness 4%
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How it works
Xanaxtriazolam
Xanax (Alprazolam) is a fast-acting benzodiazepine. It affects neurotransmitters in the brain and calms the nervous system. This reduces anxiety and can cause sleepiness.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.
Type of medication
Xanaxtriazolam
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
Xanaxtriazolam
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Dissolving tablet
  • Liquid
  • Pill
Used for
Xanaxtriazolam
Risk factors for serious side effects
Xanaxtriazolam
  • History of drug abuse
  • Taking with alcohol or drugs
  • Taking more than 4 mg/day or longer than 12 weeks
  • Stopping Xanax (Alprazolam) suddenly
  • Severely depressed
  • Taking with alcohol or drugs
  • First trimester of pregnancy
  • Current liver problems
Detailed Xanax (Alprazolam) risks & warnings »
  • 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 »
    Pregnancy

    Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    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
    Xanaxtriazolam
    • Can be habit-forming, so it's not typically used for long-term treatment, or for people who've had problems with drug or alcohol abuse.
    • Not safe to use with alcohol.
    • Don't drink alcohol while taking Halcion (triazolam) since it can slow your breathing.
    Kidneys and liver
    Xanaxtriazolam
    • Processed by the liver, so might not be the best choice if you have liver problems.
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    Sleep
    Xanaxtriazolam
    • Can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion.
    • Can cause temporary dizziness and drowsiness.
    • 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.
    Upsides and benefits
    Xanaxtriazolam
    • Effective at relieving short-term anxiety.
    • Effective longer-term for panic attacks.
    • Can be used together with antidepressants to manage anxiety disorders. Especially helpful for anxiety symptoms while you wait for an antidepressant to kick in (it can take several weeks).
    • 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.
    Downsides and risks
    Xanaxtriazolam
    • Processed by the liver, so might not be the best choice if you have liver problems.
    • Can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion.
    • Can be habit-forming, so it's not typically used for long-term treatment, or for people who've had problems with drug or alcohol abuse.
    • Compared to other benzodiazepines, more likely to cause withdrawal if you take it for a long time and then stop suddenly.
    • 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.
    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    Xanaxtriazolam
    • Good for short-term relief of anxiety symptoms.
    • Starts working in 45 minutes when swallowed.
    • Can cause temporary dizziness and drowsiness.
    • Addictive. Long-term use can cause dependence or abuse.
    • Not safe to use with alcohol.
    • 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.
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