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How Long Before Bed Should I Take Melatonin
I work shift work and sometimes take melatonin. I also work out a few hours before bed. Is it safe to take Melatonin before a workout in this case?
Is 5mg of melatonin safe to take before bed. I am on atenelol 25mg 2x a day and citalopram hbr 10mg?
Should be safe: It should be safe to take these together. Be wary of whether it makes you too sleepy- and do not drive if you are too sleepy afterwards. ...Read more
Side effect possible: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and melatonin could make a purpose MORE tired and sleepy which could translate into being groggy in the morning thought for all practical purposes, 1 mg. of melatonin is an extremely small amount. Then, again, I don't know anything about your build, your weight, other medications you are taking, etc. etc. so perhaps FOR YOU....1 mg. of melatonin is more than what it may sound. ...Read more
My 12 year old takes 3 mg melatonin. He's been stuffy, coughing and sneezing up a storm. Is it alright to give him the nyquil before bed?
Seen pediatrician?: I don't like Nyquil for kids...nor adults...but especially adolescents. Who made the diagnosis of insomnia in this young lad? And what is the cause of his insomnia? Stress? Big tonsils? Lady trouble? Who prescribed the melatonin and how was 3 mg. chosen? Sleep study? Sounds like he has allergies. If you'd like to chat: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi ...Read more
My son takes 3 mg of melatonin before bed. Today he had an allergic reaction to his new sunscreen. Can i give him benadryl (diphenhydramine)?
Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Should be ok, dose based on age. ...Read more
Doctor prescribed clonazepam 1mg for anxiety and also told me to take 10mg of melatonin everynite before bed. Is this ok and or safe?
10 mg Melatonin?: 1mg is a commonly used dose of clonazepam, and is often given at night. I agree with dr. Ali that you might not need both at the same time. The 10mg dose of melatonin seems very high. Physiologic doses of melatonin are around .3mg -- and most adults take 1-3 mg when needed. Even rozerem, (ramelteon) a prescription melatonin receptor agonist, is dosed as 8mg. You might want to re-look at your 10mg dose. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Melatonin may: Melatonin may help you sleep. It's not a knock you out kind of pill or hormone. It works best if you take it and lay down in a dark room. It won't work very well if you're up and about in lighted areas. Also it can take two weeks for it to reset your circadian rhythm and must be taken at the same time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does it last long?: That is a great question. To figure out how long a drug or supplement will stay in your body, one needs to know the half life, which can be found online. The half life of melatonin is around 50 minutes. Drugs are usually eliminated after 4-5 times their half life. So most of the melatonin will be gone in 250 minutes, or 4.16 hours. You can divide 3 by 2 5 times to see how the amount decreases. ...Read more
How long can I take my 1mg melatonin tablets? I've been taking them daily for 2 weeks now so far.
Indefinite: You can take melatonin as long as you need or want to. However, if it's not helping, then why take it? Also, 1 mg dose may not be an adequate dose. I usually start people at 3 or even 5 mg to induce sleep and some actually progress to 10 mg at night. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Have to take lots of melatonin at 5-6pm in order to get to sleep by 9pm, but if woken up it no longer has any effect. Usually sleeping by 4am.
IGotCircadianRhythm: If awakened by someone else, or you wake up on your own?Either way,it's best to tuff it out for a few to several days until you get into a better sleep groove. Many people wake up in the middle of the night, especially older people.If listening to the radio doesn't work, best to just get up & read or do whatever.If it gets unbearable,best to seek-out a sleep specialist.But don't bet on drugs. ...Read more
I take a Melatonin supplement almost every night because I take caffeine for my workouts. Will this cause any long-term health issues? Thanks!
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