Compare Ambien vs. Klonopin

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

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Ambien (zolpidem)

Prescription only

Klonopin (clonazepam)

Prescription only
Helps you sleep.

Ambien (zolpidem) aids in falling asleep and staying asleep, but it can be habit-forming and might be more likely than other sleep medicines to cause side effects.

3.7/ 5 average rating with 1375 reviewsforAmbien
Controls seizures and helps panic attacks.

Klonopin (clonazepam) can be used for immediate relief of panic attacks and seizures, but is not intended for long-term management.

3.8/ 5 average rating with 767 reviewsforKlonopin
Upsides
  • Effective at helping people fall asleep faster and sleep longer.
  • Extended release form is particularly good for staying asleep, and you can use it for longer than the immediate release form.
  • Generic is available.
  • More people who took Klonopin (clonazepam) were free of panic attacks, compared to people who did not take Klonopin (clonazepam).
  • Klonopin (clonazepam) works quickly, within the hour.
  • Can be used together with antidepressants to manage panic disorder.
  • Klonopin (clonazepam) lasts longer and has less severe withdrawal symptoms compared to other similar medicines.
Downsides
  • Not typically used for long-term treatment because it can be habit-forming.
  • Some people find that Ambien (zolpidem) becomes less effective over time.
  • More likely to cause sleep-walking, sleep-driving, and sleep-eating.
  • Might not be safe if you have problems with your liver, kidneys, lungs, or if you have a history of depression.
  • Klonopin (clonazepam) can cause memory problems, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion.
  • Klonopin (clonazepam) can be habit-forming, so is not typically used for long-term treatment.
  • May require higher doses of Klonopin (clonazepam) over time to establish the same seizure control.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Oral spray
  • Sublingual pill
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
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Reviews
1375 reviews so far
67%
saidit'sworth it
50%
saiditworked well
16%
saidit'sa big hassle

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767 reviews so far
70%
saidit'sworth it
52%
saiditworked well
14%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
18possible side effects
  • Drowsiness
    8%
  • Headache
    7%
  • Dizziness
    5%
  • Allergic reactions
    4%
  • Sinus infection
    4%
  • Dry mouth
    3%
  • Back pain
    3%
  • Lack of energy
    3%
  • Drugged feeling
    3%
  • Diarrhea
    3%
  • Sore throat
    3%
  • Flu-like symptoms
    2%
  • Racing heart
    2%
  • Lightheadedness
    2%
  • Depression
    2%
  • Abdominal pain
    2%
  • Constipation
    2%
  • Rash
    2%
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4possible side effects
  • Drowsiness
    37%
  • Depression
    7%
  • Abnormal coordination
    6%
  • Loss of full control of bodily movements
    5%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Dependence and withdrawal
    • Continuous use of Ambien (zolpidem) for 2 weeks or more
  • Driving impairment
    • Alcohol
    • Taking other medications that make you less alert
    • Less than 8 hours of sleep.
  • Abnormal thoughts
    • Undiagnosed psychiatric conditions
  • Performing activities while asleep
    • Taking Ambien (zolpidem) with alcohol or drugs that cause drowsiness
  • Risk of falls and injury
    • Higher dose
    • Liver problems
    • Taking Ambien (zolpidem) with other nervous system depressants
    • Long-term use
    • Elderly (70 years or older)
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  • Sedation, respiratory depression, coma and death
    • Taking with opioids
    • Drinking alcohol
  • Dependence and withdrawal
    • Taking high dosage
    • Taking long-term
    • History of drug abuse
  • Driving impairment
    • Drinking alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
  • Suicidal behavior and ideation
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