Compare Butisol vs. triazolam

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

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Butisol (butabarbital)

Prescription only

Halcion (triazolam)

Prescription only
Helps you fall asleep.

Butisol (butabarbital) is not very good for sleeping problems because it can be addictive.

Helps you stay asleep.

Halcion (triazolam) can be used to help you fall asleep, but your body can become used to it very quickly.

Upsides
  • Butisol (butabarbital) works very quickly to help you fall asleep, within 45-60 minutes, and it lasts 6-8 hours.
  • 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
  • Your body can get used to needing Butisol (butabarbital) for sleeping.
  • Butisol (butabarbital) can interact with a lot of medicines, vitamins and supplements.
  • 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.
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Side effects
1possible side effects
  • Sleepiness
    3%
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7possible side effects
  • Drowsiness
    14%
  • Headache
    10%
  • Dizziness
    8%
  • Nervousness
    5%
  • Nausea and vomiting
    5%
  • Difficulty controlling movements
    5%
  • Lightheadedness
    5%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Addiction and tolerance
  • Behavior changes
  • Feeling awake
    • Having acute or chronic pain
    • age 65 or older
  • Breathing problems
    • Drinking alcohol
    • Taking narcotics, tranquilizers or antihistamines
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  • Tolerance and addiction
    • Using Halcion (triazolam) for more than 10 days
  • Behavior changes
  • Hangover effect
    • People age 65 or older
  • Memory loss
    • Drinking alcohol
    • Not allowing enough time for sleep
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