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Best Sleeping Pills: Names, Tablets List

Updated on June 17, 2015

These are the names of the most-used sleeping pills. Some you can buy over-the-counter, some need to be prescribed by your doctor. Remember: If you want to change which pill to use, even if it is one you can buy over-the-counter, ask your doctor for advice because they all can have serious side effects. This is just a list which includes the names of popular tablets, but each individual is different and what's best for some people might not be suitable for you.

List of Sleeping Pill Names That Help You Fall Asleep?

If your problem is falling asleep and not so much staying asleep, this is the list of the best pills that would help initiate sleep.

Eszopiclone, brand name Lunestra is a short-acting nonbenzodiazepine sedative hypnotic.

Ramelteon, marketed by Rozerem has not been shown to produce dependence and has shown no potential for abuse.


Triazolam goes under the brand names Apo-Triazo, Halcion, Hypam, and Trilam. These may have serious side-effects and thus aren't available in some countries. Check with your doctor

Zaleplon, marketed as Sonata or Starnoc

The zaleplon sleeping pill is a very effective way to treat insomnia. You can take it for up to 5 weeks without any side effects, like dependence or rebound insomnia.


Zolpidem will help initiate sleep, however it's not very effective at keeping you asleep. It's prescribed by your doctor.

Sleeping Pills that Help You Sleep When You Suffer from Depression

If you soffer from depression, this is a list of the best sleeping pills to help you sleep without many side effects that interact with your depression.

Amitriptyline, Nortriptyline Pamelor, Trazodone Desyrel, Eszopiclone (Oral Route), Ramelteon (Oral Route), Zaleplon (Oral Route), Zolpidem (Oral Route), Oromucosal, and Trazodone (Oral Route).

Top Tablets to Keep You Asleep

These are for those who have very short sleep-time and who wake up in the middle of the night. Taking these tablets will fix this problem and you will sleep for long hours.

  • Estazolam
  • Eszopiclon (brand name Lunesta)
  • Temazepam (brand name Restoril)
  • Zolpidem (brand name Ambien CR)


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