Insomnia medication pills may be more likely to cause side effects and lower quality than sleep aids, according to a study that compared the side effects of insomnia medications to sleep aids.
The study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found insomnia medications were more likely than sleep drugs to cause problems with concentration and concentration problems with other drugs such as antihistamines, benzodiazepines, and other sleep aids and medications.
The researchers also found insomnia medication side effects were more severe and included more severe headache, nausea, and abdominal pain.
The results showed a slight increase in insomnia medication use in older adults compared to younger adults and a slight decrease in insomnia drug use in those older than 65.
A spokeswoman for Purdue Pharma told ABC News that Purdue has not conducted a study on the impact of insomnia medication in younger adults.
The company said its insomnia medication is more effective than sleep pills in patients with chronic insomnia, although the drugs can still cause side-effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, insomnia, fatigue, sleepiness, and muscle spasms.
“Our products are approved to treat people with moderate to severe insomnia, including those with insomnia-related conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia,” spokeswoman Amanda Stebbins said in a statement.
“But there are risks and benefits to using our products.”
The study looked at 5,400 prescriptions filled from 2004 to 2015.
It compared the number of prescriptions for insomnia medications for patients with insomnia and insomnia medication alone, to those with both insomnia medications and insomnia medications alone.
The more people used insomnia medications, the higher the odds of side-effect, the researchers found.
The average number of prescription errors per day was 5.3.
The side effects included dizziness and nausea, which were associated with insomnia medications.
A third of insomnia patients were found to have severe headaches, the study found.
A spokesperson for Purdue said the company is not currently conducting any studies to confirm the findings.
The American College of Sleep Medicine recommends using sleep aids for those with chronic sleep problems and insomnia.
The group has not released a study of insomnia medicines to back up its recommendations, though it does offer recommendations for the use of medications for chronic insomnia.