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Is It Safe For Teenagers To Use Melatonin
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.See 2 more doctor answers
Melatonin: Indefinitely.Get a more detailed answer ›
Start with 1 mg: I do not recommend high doses that is often by health professionals. Melatonin is a natural chemical secreted by cells in certain parts of the brain. A poor sleep pattern, perhaps caused by change in normal body's diurnal rhythm (long air flights, night shift work, long hours of study at night) can be helped by melatonin, but suggest 1mg, 2mg, 3mg, each for 1 week; no help? Fogetaboitit-:).See 2 more doctor answers
Anywhere really: Melatonin is over the counter and not by prescription in the US You can get it at any pharmacy, grocery, or health food store. I have no brand name favorites but be a savvy consumer and read ingredient labels. Stay away from added sugars, dyes, fillers, and other JUNK....what you want to pay for is MELATONIN. Careful using melatonin with some prescription medications for depression, etc.
Melatonin is safe: There is no known toxicity. However, if 3 0r 6 mg of melatonin is ineffective for sleep, then 30 mg will be also. I have used as much as 30 mg daily in patients with brain cancer, but generally 0.5 mg to 3 mg is enough for sleep. Ask your doctor or herbalist for more help if that dose is not useful.See 1 more doctor answer
Medicines for teens: Melatonin is a natural hormone used to help induce sleep, especially helpful when it comes to jet lag. This has been studied in children and found to be safe. There is no way to overdose. Valerian root is an herbal medicine. I am not aware of any study to show its safety in children. It is used for anxiety and insomnia but its effectiveness is not clear. I would not suggest using it.
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.See 3 more doctor answers
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.
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