Compare Belsomra vs. Estazolam

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

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Belsomra (suvorexant)

Prescription only

Prosom (estazolam)

Prescription only
Helps you sleep.

Belsomra (suvorexant) helps you fall asleep, but is only avaliable as a brand name so can be expensive.

Helps you stay asleep longer.

Prosom (estazolam) can help you sleep, but you might feel hungover the next day.

Upsides
  • May be helpful if other sleep aids don't work.
  • Works quickly, especially on an empty stomach.
  • Might be a good option for the elderly.
  • Prosom (estazolam) is available in generic.
Downsides
  • Not usually used for long-term treatment since it can be habit-forming.
  • Belsomra (suvorexant) is likely expensive since it's only available as a brand name, but coupon savings program could be available.
  • Not recommended if you do not plan to sleep for at least 7 hours.
  • Belsomra (suvorexant) may cause sleep paralysis.
  • Prosom (estazolam) isn't recommended if you're age 65 or older because the side effects can be more intense.
  • You can become dependent on Prosom (estazolam) if you take it for more than a few weeks.
  • If you stop Prosom (estazolam) suddenly after taking it for a while, your insomnia might come back even worse than when you started.
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Side effects
8possible side effects
  • Headache
    7%
  • Sleepiness
    7%
  • Dizziness
    3%
  • Diarrhea
    2%
  • Dry mouth
    2%
  • Cold and flu
    2%
  • Abnormal dreams
    2%
  • Cough
    2%
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19possible side effects
  • Sleepiness
    42%
  • Headache
    16%
  • Weakness
    11%
  • Difficulty controlling muscles
    8%
  • Nervousness
    8%
  • Dizziness
    7%
  • Uneasiness
    5%
  • Nausea
    4%
  • Abnormal coordination
    4%
  • Leg and foot pain
    3%
  • Hangover
    3%
  • Common cold symptoms
    3%
  • Back pain
    2%
  • Body pain
    2%
  • Indigestion
    2%
  • Confusion
    2%
  • Depression
    2%
  • Abnormal dreams
    2%
  • Abnormal thoughts
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Changes in thoughts
    • Uncontrolled psychiatric conditions
    • Alcohol
    • Other medicines that make you sleepy or dizzy
  • Hangover effect
    • Alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
    • Less than 7 hours of sleep after taking Belsomra (suvorexant)
  • Dependence and withdrawal
    • Continuous use for 2 weeks or more
  • Depression
    • Risk increases with dose
    • Past history of depression
  • Difficulty breathing
    • Sleep apnea
    • COPD
  • Sleep paralysis
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  • Tolerance and addiction
    • Using Prosom (estazolam) for more than 10 days
  • Behavior changes
    • Drinking alcohol
    • Taking sedative medicines
  • Hangover effect
    • People age 65 or older
  • Allergic reactions
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