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Doctor insights on: Is It Safe For An Adult To Take Melatonin Every Night To Help Me Fall Asleep

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Is it safe for an adult to take melatonin every night to help me fall asleep?

Is it safe for an adult to take melatonin every night to help me fall asleep?

Best resource: Based on available studies and clinical use, melatonin is generally regarded as safe in recommended doses (five milligrams daily) for up to two years. Available trials report that overall adverse effects are not significantly more common with melatonin than placebo. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/melatonin/ns_patient-melatonin/dsection=safety. ...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


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Is it bad to take OTC allergy medication to help fall asleep once in a while?

Is it bad to take OTC allergy medication to help fall asleep once in a while?

Try Melatonin: If you use Benedryl or some other OTC allergy medication to fall asleep once in awhile it won't hurt you. However, its not a perfect solution. These medications change your sleep architecture. You don't get the right balance of each stage of sleep to feel rested. You may feel hung-over in the morning. A better solution would be Melatonin. You can buy it a healthfood store. Sulingual is best ...Read more

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Is it safe to give an 8-year-old child ibuprofen every night for sleep aid?

Not really.: Reason is that Ibuprofen is an anti inflammatory medication and not a sleep medication. It is probably safe for nightly use, but my concern is, "what are you treating?" i would stop using it and make sure that his sleeplessness is not from an area of chronic pain. ...Read more

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Is it safe to give an 11-year-old child Benadryl (diphenhydramine) every night to sleep?

Is it safe to give an 11-year-old child Benadryl (diphenhydramine) every night to sleep?

NO: Benadryl/ Diphenhydramine is a medication used to decrease allergic reaction and not a medication for sleep. Sleep is a side effect if the medication. Other side effects include heart arrhythmia, nervous system dysfunction and more. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is it bad to take the sleep aid "zzzquil" every night?

Can you tell me is it bad to take the sleep aid "zzzquil" every night?

Not too bad: That is pretty close to taking a Benadryl (diphenhydramine) every night although over time your weight could go up and your body may get tolerant to it and the medication could lose it it effectiveness. If the side effects are an issue then you can talk to a doctor about alternatives although the best choice may good sleep hygiene including no television, internet or cell phone before bed.. Stay safe! ...Read more

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I am wondering if it was safe for me to take a generic sleep aid to fall asleep?

I am wondering if it was safe for me to take a generic sleep aid to fall asleep?

Melatonin works well: But also use 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. Can try warm milk, chamomile tea or along w light reading or a warm bath. ...Read more

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Is taking pills every night to help fall asleep bad for you?

Is taking pills every night to help fall asleep bad for you?

Depends: It depends on the type of pill - sedatives can cause physical dependence otc remedies can have other adverse effects. ...Read more

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Is it problematic to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) every night to fall asleep?

Is it problematic to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) every night to fall asleep?

Rather benign med: Benedryl is the main sleep ingredient in most otc sleep products & as an otc med it has been show to be relatively safe, even when taken over a long term. That said, you may want to meet with your pcp, have a regular checkup & discuss any other symptoms that could point to a treatable condition that is interfering with natural sleep. ...Read more

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What is better for an elderly person to take to stay asleep through the night - liquid melatonin or a tablet?

What is better for an elderly person to take to stay asleep through the night - liquid melatonin or a tablet?

Melatonin: Usually liquid form is easier to take in, at lowest dose possible (can be titrated down to less than 1 mg. Doses). ...Read more

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How safe is it to take an over-the-counter sleeping pill every night? Nothing works as good at these do for me.

How safe is it to take an over-the-counter sleeping pill every night? Nothing works as good at these do for me.

Get it checked out!: Seek medical help to determine to cause of your lack of sleep quality. Typically a collapse airway is involved and today, a simple overnight take home sleep test can provide all the information needed to determine if a potentially life threatening, life shortening condition of obstructive sleep apnea may be at play. Do it, it may save your life! ...Read more

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Is it ok to take melatonin to help with insomnia every night. 10mg?

Is it ok to take melatonin to help with insomnia every night. 10mg?

Yes: Using melatonin on a nightly basis is fine, and probably more effective than taking it only occasionally. Try practicing good sleep habits as well, and you will be off to dreamland! ...Read more

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Is it safe for an 11 year old who weighs 81lbs to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and melatonin every night as a sleep aid together?

Is it safe for an 11 year old who weighs 81lbs to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and melatonin every night as a sleep aid together?

Yes and no: The answer to your question is yes it is safe. The next question that comes to my mind though, is why she needs a sleep aid every night at age 11. If she has a type of sleep initiation disorder,have behavioral interventions with her bedtime routine been tried, including no computer or LED screen time for two hours prior to bed? Will meditation and relaxation techniques help rather than chronic med ...Read more

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Is melatonin (3mg) safe to take while breastfeeding my 7mth old? I have come down with insomnia, and want to know what is safe to aid sleep

No good data: Melatonin is from the brains of many dead animals, who really knows their health status or if they were infected with some strange virus? Agriculture is far from hygienic. I would avoid this product. The supplements are not regulated in any significant way.......For purity, country of origin, look up the consumer's reports study on echinacea......... ...Read more

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Is it safe to give a 2 week old .25 mg melatonin to help her sleep?

Is it safe to give a 2 week old .25 mg melatonin to help her sleep?

No: Your 2 week old is a new born baby. You should not have to give a newborn ( or 2 week old ) anything to help them sleep. They go in and out of sleep throughout a 24 hour period. You have to be there for them and take care of their needs when they awake and gradually help them learn to sleep for longer stretches of time during the night. That is what having a baby is about. It is not easy. ...Read more

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What is a good OTC sedative i can use to help me fall asleep?

What is a good OTC sedative i can use to help me fall asleep?

Doxylamine: Doxylamine is an antihistamines that is commonly used as sleep aid. Side effects can range from minor (dry mouth, excessive sleepiness) to serious (high blood pressure, nausea). If you buy 50 mg pills, try starting with only 25mg and allow 1-2 hours for full effect. ...Read more

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