Compare Sonata vs. Belsomra

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

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Sonata (zaleplon)

Prescription only

Belsomra (suvorexant)

Prescription only
Helps you fall sleep.

Sonata (zaleplon) aids in falling asleep, but it's not as good with helping you stay asleep or with waking up in the middle of the night.

2.9/ 5 average rating with 175 reviewsforSonata
Helps you sleep.

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

Upsides
  • Effectively helps people fall asleep faster.
  • Doesn't last as long in the body like some other sleep medicines, so it may cause less side effects the next morning.
  • Generic is available, so it's affordable.
  • 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.
Downsides
  • Not typically used for long-term treatment because it can be habit-forming and hasn't been shown to be effective for chronic insomnia.
  • Doesn't last as long in the body as other sleep medicines, so it's not as good at helping you stay asleep.
  • Not recommended if you can't sleep at least 7-8 hours a night.
  • Might not be safe if you have problems with your liver, kidneys, lungs, or if you have a history of depression.
  • 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.
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Reviews
175 reviews so far
42%
saidit'sworth it
23%
saiditworked well
27%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
18possible side effects
  • Headache
    42%
  • Dizziness
    9%
  • Nausea
    8%
  • Lack of energy
    7%
  • Abdominal pain
    6%
  • Sleepiness
    6%
  • Memory problems
    4%
  • Menstrual cramps
    4%
  • Burning/prickling sensation
    3%
  • Eye pain
    3%
  • Malaise
    2%
  • Loss of appetite
    2%
  • Feelings of detachment
    2%
  • Decreased touch sensations
    2%
  • Tremor
    2%
  • Abnormal vision
    2%
  • Increased sensitivity to sound
    2%
  • Smell disorder
    2%
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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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Risks and risk factors
  • Dependence and withdrawal
    • Continuous use of Sonata (zaleplon) for 2 weeks or more
  • Hangover feeling the next day
    • Alcohol
    • Taking other medications that make you less alert
    • Less than 7 hours of sleep
  • CNS depressants and abnormal thoughts
    • Undiagnosed psychiatric conditions
  • Performing activities while asleep
    • Taking Sonata (zaleplon) with alcohol or drugs that cause drowsiness
  • Serious allergic reactions
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding
    • Women of childbearing age
    • Breastfeeding
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  • 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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