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Doxycyline And Melatonin
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
No addiction: There is no risk of developing a physiological dependence or addiction to melatonin -- meaning that your brain will not become dependent upon melatonin. Yet, as with any behavior (ie, the act of taking melatonin every night before bed) can become "addicting" or habitual thus causing a psychological addiction to needing to take melatonin for help you sleep. ...Read more
Maybe: Though "natural" melatonin has not been studied for normal kids. It is mostly used in autistic children with sleep disturbance or other significant behavioral issues. It is most likely safe, but if you can avoid it then do so until at a safer age of over 3 yrs old. If u give it, start with 0.5 mg and increase slowly to max of 2 mg. Plan to use only for 2-3 wks while u stablish a sleep routine. ...Read more
Hormone: Melatonin is prduced by your pineal gland in your brain and increases with darkness. One of the mechanisms of melatonin is to inhibit microtubules in the brain. These are cellular tubes that push your neurotransmtters from the inside to the outside of the cell. This decreases your exciteatory chemicals and makes you sleepy. ...Read more
Yes, but...: I assume you are using BOTH for sleeping aides. The temazapam is a controlled substance and should be monitored closely by your Dr. Especially at 74 yo because as we get older, these type meds may increase fall risk, lethargy, etc., whereas the melatonin is a natural substance and may benefit you alone, so discuss with your Tx doctor. Best wishes. ...Read more
AASM guidlines: When time at destination is expected to be brief, keeping home-based sleep hours, rather than adopting destination sleep hours, may reduce sleepiness and jet lag symptoms. In addition, the combination of morning exposure to bright light and shifting the sleep schedule one hour earlier each day for three days prior to eastward travel may lessen symptoms of jet lag. Use from 0.5 to 5mg - before bed. ...Read more
It is possible for: An individual with sleep problems who suffers from anxiety to take melatonin. Ensure that excellent sleep hygiene is used as well. 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. ...Read more
Can or should?: A 3-5 mg dose is usually well tolerated as a sleep aid by kids at this age. Be aware that the dosing needs of each kid is not well established and some may do well on 1 mg and poorly on 5 or vice versa. It does tend to produce grogginess and should never be taken prior to activities like bike riding, swimming or other sports. ...Read more
Please go online to Wikipedia and read about melatonin.
There are many other articles on the topic -some good, some not so good, but worthwhile reading.
Personally I don't think it wise to use melatonin to increas. Your skin color. ...Read more
It is preferrable:
Not to use long term- but I have many patients who do use it long term with success. Are you using excellent sleep hygiene? If not- try that first. 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. ...Read more
Melatonin can be: Effective for difficulty sleeping. Are you using good 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. Try warm milk, chamomile tea or melatonin. ...Read more
Must ask why need it:
Although melatonin is quite safe in the recommended doseages and has been used in children as young as 6 months and up. To help with troubled-sleeping issue...Often trouble with falling asleep or jetlag issues etc...
I would do is first to find out why the teen needs this-consult doc.
Avoid use with other meds that can cause drowsiness and some blood pressure meds--
good luck. ...Read more
Unlikely: I've never heard of anyone having trouble stopping melatonin, but people can become psychologically dependent on anything. If you google "melatonin dependence" you'll find a few people out there who claim they become dependent on it. I consider this fairly unlikely though. ...Read more
Not recommended: I don't recommend melatonin at all. I have many patients who use it though. They report different results, some good and others say it is of no help. If you are looking for a sleep agent, I would use something much safer that has stood the test of time in children. That is benadryl (diphenhydramine). Here is a dosing chart. Http://ramseypediatric. Com/pediatrics-blog/benadryl (diphenhydramine)-dosing/. ...Read more
Allergy: Allergic antibodies can be formed to any foreign protein however, melatonin is not a foreign protein. At times, humans develop allergy to self-body proteins such as Insulin but this is very rare. Allergy can also occur to pill binders such as hypomellose or croscarmellose but these reactions are also rare. If a drug repeatedly causes a adverse side effect, it should be avoided. ...Read more
Don't take melatonin: I'm more of the club that if a med is causing a side effect that is troublesome look for a different med rather than covering up a side effect with another pill. You may be able to try a lower dose or brand of melatonin. ...Read more
Possibly: Many factors may affect your fertility, including, and in fact most commonly certain medications. Typically, melatonin, would not be a cause of infertility, however as melatonin is often sold over-the-counter, it is difficult to say. If you are having some symptoms of infertility, I would avoid it ...Read more