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My son has autism and we've tried melatonin and cat après he still only sleeps about 4 to 6 hours please help?

My son has autism and we've tried melatonin and cat après he still only sleeps about  4 to 6 hours please help?

Consult specialist: Ad kids have many quirky habits of daily living. Odd tastes in foods, self stimming behaviors, erratic bedtimes. Smelling stuff. The child's age is important here as well. Treat bedtime as you would any other behavior you wish to modify. A behavioral therapist can help. Medications may be useful. Consult a developmental pediatrician or child psychiatrist for help in that area. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...Read more


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Hi! Can we possibly look at replacing clonidine with melatonin? My son takes Lexapro (escitalopram) due to anxiety and is on the autism spectrum...

Hi! Can we possibly look at replacing clonidine with melatonin? My son takes Lexapro (escitalopram) due to anxiety and is on the autism spectrum...

Work with doctor: Clonidine and Melatonin are very different drugs, not interchangeable. You need to speak to his doctor about your specific concerns. The doctor may be giving him a particular regiment for a particular reason. Do not play with the medications without involving the supervising doctor. ...Read more

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Is melatonin safe?

Is melatonin safe?

Agree W Dr. Jacobsen: Concur that with the exceptions he listed that Melatonin is a safe approach to insomnia. ...Read more

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Is melatonin addicting?

No!: Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone produced by the pineal gland in the brain; used as an over-the-counter sleep aid, it does not cause physical dependence which some of the prescribed medications might. ...Read more

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Melatonin side affects?

Melatonin: Headaches, nausea, grogginess, irritability, hypothermia, & postural hypotension. Such symptoms are mild & transient. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take melatonin?

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

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Why is melatonin bad for you?

Typically not bad: Melatonin is not "bad" for you if taken within normal dosages. Melatonin can help regulate sleep rhythms, if taken daily in moderate doses. ...Read more

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500mg of melatonin is ok to take?

500mg of melatonin is ok to take?

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

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How should I safely use melatonin?

Melatonin: Please go on-line and read up about melatonin. It is predominantly linked to animals - not humans - but from time to time it can be helpful with sleep disorder. Just don't overdo it. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Melatonin (Definition)

Melatonin_is a hormone that helps regulate sleep. Some studies suggest that there is abnormal melatonin production in children with autism and other developmental disorders. Several studies suggest that melatonin may be useful for improving sleep, if ...Read more


Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

Autism spectrum disorder, also called pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), is a type of condition that includes life-long impairment in the ability to communicate and to have normal social interactions. These include ...Read more