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is it okay to take melatonin (i have trouble sleeping) at night even though i take ritalin (methylphenidate) la as soon as i wake up?

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Dr. CHERYL COLDWATER
37 years experience Pediatrics
Usually: Melatonin is a natural hormone your body makes, so taking the pill can help with sleep. It can be particularly helpful for people with ADHD on Ritalin-type meds to shorten the period before sleep. Take it about 30 min before bed and then settle into your bed with a book and soft lighting. Start with a low dose- talk with your doctor if that isn't enough to help you find the best dose for you.
Answered on May 2, 2015
Dr. William Singer
50 years experience Pediatric Neurology
Yes: melatonin can be an effective sleep aide without interfering with your Ritalin (methylphenidate) LA
Answered on May 2, 2015
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Dr. Jane Steiner
42 years experience Psychiatry
I agree that melatonin is safe; but is your Ritalin LA lasting too long? Discuss with your doctor.
Apr 7, 2015

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