Compare Sonata vs. Restoril

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


Sonata (zaleplon)

Prescription only

Restoril (Temazepam)

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 relax and sleep.

Restoril (Temazepam) is a good short-term option to help you sleep, but it shouldn't replace good sleep habits.

3.9/ 5 average rating with 51 reviewsforRestoril
  • 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.
  • Helps you fall asleep and stay asleep.
  • Can be helpful to reduce anxiety.
  • Shouldn't make you drowsy the next day as long as you're using normal doses of it.
  • 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.
  • Can be habit-forming, meaning you'll start to rely on Restoril (Temazepam) to sleep.
  • Your body can get used to Restoril (Temazepam) and it may not work as well long-term.
  • It's not recommended for people age 65 years or older.
  • Can't be used by pregnant women since it'll cause harm to the baby.
  • If it's used everyday for more than 2 to 4 weeks and you decide to stop taking Restoril (Temazepam), you'll need to work with your doctor to slowly get off the drug to avoid extra side effects.
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Side effects
18possible side effects
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Lack of energy
  • Abdominal pain
  • Sleepiness
  • Memory problems
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Burning/prickling sensation
  • Eye pain
  • Malaise
  • Loss of appetite
  • Feelings of detachment
  • Decreased touch sensations
  • Tremor
  • Abnormal vision
  • Increased sensitivity to sound
  • Smell disorder
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The Restoril (Temazepam) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
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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  • Tolerance and dependence
    • Taking more than the prescribed dose
    • Taking longer than 4 weeks
    • History of drug abuse
  • Withdrawal
    • Long-term use
  • Harm to fetus
    • Women of childbearing age
  • Driving impairment
    • Alcohol
    • Taking other medicines that make you less alert
  • Memory problems
  • Falls
    • Taking with alcohol
    • Taking with other drugs that acts in the brain
    • Age 65 or older
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