Compare Rozerem vs. Butisol

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

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Rozerem (ramelteon)

Prescription only

Butisol (butabarbital)

Prescription only
Helps you fall asleep.

Rozerem (ramelteon) is a good sleep medicine that's not addictive, but it can be expensive.

Helps you fall asleep.

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

Upsides
  • Rozerem (ramelteon) isn't a controlled medicine, and it's safe to use in people age 65 or older.
  • If you stop taking Rozerem (ramelteon) suddenly, your insomnia won't come back.
  • Rozerem (ramelteon) won't make you feel hungover or groggy the next day.
  • Butisol (butabarbital) works very quickly to help you fall asleep, within 45-60 minutes, and it lasts 6-8 hours.
Downsides
  • Rozerem (ramelteon) is only available as a brand name.
  • Rozerem (ramelteon) is only available in 1 strength.
  • If you take Rozerem (ramelteon) on a full stomach, it won't work as well.
  • Not recommended for children.
  • Rozerem (ramelteon) can't be used if you have sleep apnea.
  • Your body can get used to needing Butisol (butabarbital) for sleeping.
  • Butisol (butabarbital) can interact with a lot of medicines, vitamins and supplements.
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Side effects
5possible side effects
  • Dizziness
    4%
  • Sleepiness
    3%
  • Fatigue
    3%
  • Nausea
    3%
  • Worsening insomnia
    3%
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1possible side effects
  • Sleepiness
    3%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Severe allergic reaction
  • Behavior changes
  • Sleepiness
  • Breathing problems
    • Alcohol
    • Taking narcotics, tranquilizers, or antihistamines
  • Hormonal changes
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  • 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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