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15 Mg Melatonin
Is it safe to take 1.5 mg melatonin 4-5x week? It helps me tremendously. Does your body start to produce less due to supplementing with it?
The dose is not based on weight,
Having Insomnia requires multiple forms of treatment ; have they been explored?
The 5-10mg dose is where I prefer to advise patients to go.
Make sure that the causes of insomnia are identified and good sleep hygiene and broad approaches are used. ...Read more
Would it be beneficial to take 1.5 - 3 mg of melatonin in the middle of the night if I wake up and have trouble falling back to sleep?
Should not be a prob: There are not very many known side effects of melatonin. My advice "do not take it for long term sleep problems" just use it for the days you have problems with sleep cycle. Because we do not know long term effects of taking it. Look for USP certified dietary supplements. ...Read more
Not sure: Melatonin is not classified by the fda as a "drug" like Ambien or Lunesta (eszopiclone) so there is not too much info in the us. It is available over the counter for sleep. For good information you must look into european websites and journals where this has been used for more years than here. ...Read more
Everyday: I am assuming that what you have meant is can it be taken consecutive days. Otherwise if you question is regarding can it be taken during the day, that could be a problem. It should be taken in the evening when it is getting dark to help synchronize your body clock to get sleepy about 4 hours after taking. ...Read more
No, that would be a: Massive dose. Use excellent sleep hygiene. Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading. ...Read more
It is preferable not:
To. However, many patients do. My first question is are you checking your sleep habits meticulously? Sleep hygiene is important. 1. Keep regular bed ; wakening time (includes weekends). Get up same time daily.
2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine: warm bath or shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music.
3. Sleep in dark, quiet, cool room w comfortable mattress ; pillows. ...Read more
That is an: Overdose. If you took this large an overdose - please seek evaluation at an emergency room. Don't drive yourself as you could fall asleep at the wheel. Symptoms of melatonin overdose may include: drowsiness, dizziness, weakness, confusion, seizures, headaches, liver problems ; psychosis. ...Read more
Few studies done.: "There are very few short-term and no long-term safety data. Toxicological studies have shown that a lethal dose could not be obtained even at extremely high doses. " What that means, is that there may be but we don't know for sure. So don't try it. You would hate to be the "case report" for a serious complication from high dose melatonin. If you feel like harming yourself, please go to the ER ...Read more
May improve sleep: The range of effective doses for melatonin can vary from person to person. The maximum dose recommended is 20 mg. Check with your physician about any possible interactions with your medications. ...Read more
Melatonin is very helpful when traveling West, maybe even more so than traveling East. That said, there should be no harm from taking it in both directions.
Hope your travel is for fun and enjoyment. ...Read more
That depends on how: High the overdose was. A melatonin overdose could lead to symptoms like marked sedation, headache, nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, low blood pressure, dizziness, confusion, disorientation, tremor, liver problems, weakness & seizures. If you are having strong thoughts of self-harm, please have someone take you to the er or call 911 for transport. ...Read more