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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 luvox (fluvoxamine) the only ssri which acts on melatonin?

Is luvox (fluvoxamine) the only ssri which acts on melatonin?

Drug interaction: Luvox (fluvoxamine) doesn't directly "act on" melatonin. Instead, it inhibits the enzyme [cyp 1a2] which helps break melatonin down in your body. This increases the amount of melatonin that your body absorbs -- thereby increasing its effects and side effects. And yes, Luvox (fluvoxamine) is the only ssri which acts so potently on cyp 1a2. ...Read more

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Is luvox (fluvoxamine) the only ssri that promotes melatonin yet interferes with caffeine?

Is luvox (fluvoxamine) the only ssri that promotes melatonin yet interferes with caffeine?

Luvox (fluvoxamine): You're referring to luvox (fluvoxamine)'s ability to inhibit the liver enzyme cyp1a2, which is needed to process both caffeine and melatonin. Both of these substances could build up to greater concentrations than expected, when taken with luvox (fluvoxamine). It is the only ssri that acts in that manner, but there are multiple other drugs that do this also. ...Read more

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Request Ambien (zolpidem) taper schedule. Current dose = Ambien (zolpidem) 5mg and Ambien (zolpidem) cr 6.5mg q.D. At bed for ssri taper. 1 month clear of ssri, doing well...Desire taper from ambien (zolpidem). Otc meds (melatonin) help?

Request Ambien (zolpidem) taper schedule. Current dose = Ambien (zolpidem) 5mg and Ambien (zolpidem) cr 6.5mg q.D. At bed for ssri taper. 1 month clear of ssri, doing well...Desire taper from ambien (zolpidem). Otc meds (melatonin) help?

Work w/your doctor: For this question, it's best to work with your own physician so that you and s/he can be on the same page together. You need to be followed so that help is available if any of your symptoms return, etc. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take melatonin every night?

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

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Is it safe to take melatonin while you are on other medication?

Usually, But...: You need to check with the pharmacist who has a list of all your medications and any possible interactions. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Take before sleep: Melatonin is useful to adjust your sleep wake cycle as you do shift work. It also has a sleep-inducing effect. For both these reasons it is probably better and safer to take it closer to your sleep time and not before your workout ...Read more

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I sent a question about is it safe to take melatonin if your hypothtoid. I got two totally different answers., now I'm confused still don't know?

I sent a question about is it safe to take melatonin if your hypothtoid. I got two totally different answers., now I'm confused still don't know?

Here's an article: That may clear up the confusion (or not) : http://www. Endocrine-abstracts. Org/ea/0026/ea0026p394.Htm. My understanding is that people who have hypothyroidism from hashimoto's, an auto-immune disorder, should not take melatonin because it may increase inflamnation in the body. Please ask your endocrinologist if it is safe for you to take in your particular case. That's always safest. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take melatonin while pregnant?

Is it safe to take melatonin while pregnant?

Not considered safe: Authorities widely caution against it saying it "may increase risk of developmental disorders." no one knows for sure becuase no one gives meds to pregnant women to see what happens but it is best to not take any chances. Homeopathic remedies, relaxation techniques and the Amino Acid glycine are safe alternatives. See http://www. Wisegeek. Com/is-it-safe-to-take-melatonin-in-pregnancy. Htm#. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take melatonin with the Merena iud?

Is it safe to take melatonin with the Merena iud?

Safe together: Those medicines are safe together and should not interfere with each other. Most people use between 1 to 5 milligrams of melatonin at a time. I normally recommend people start with 1 milligram. Be careful you are not too sleepy the next morning after using melatonin.

A medicine you use, Ritalin, (methylphenidate) is known to keep people awake fyi. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take melatonin 3, 6 mg with cipralex? And what is the max mg can I take?

Cipralex ; Melatonin: There are no interactions known between cipralex (escitalopram) and melatonin. Effective dosage of melatonin ranges from. 3mg to 5 mg. I don't recommend taking more than 10 mg, and preferably 3-6 mg. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take melatonin at night if I take 5-htp and Valerian Root during the day?

Melatonin. . .: This is perfectly fine for you to try at night. Your real question pertains to potential drug interactions. Drug interactions are both studied and recorded for prescription medications. This knowledge is very important to us as physicians, when we are writing multiple prescriptions. However, there is significantly less data available on how one OTC medication/supplement might interact with another ...Read more

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I have hypothyroidism is it safe to take melatonin for my insomnia?

I have hypothyroidism is it safe to take melatonin for my insomnia?

Risky: Melatonin is believed to down-regulate the activity of the thyroid gland. Therefore, not recommended in hypothyroidism. Best to discuss your insomnia with doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take melatonin with lexapro, Buspar (buspirone) and ramipril?

Melatonin: Yes. Of course. This commonly used herb is a very safe addition to complicated medical and medication issues. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take melatonin, valerian with my klonopin and seroquel (quetiapine)?

Sedatives. ..: Possibly safe. Whenever I'm asked about "natural" supplements (unless they're professional grade brands - such as Thorne) keep in mind that they're not usually tested for purity or potency. That said, melatonin can amplify the effects of quetiapine or clonazepam, but to what extent is unknown. Definitely discuss all of your OTC & Rx meds with your doctor - perhaps a dose change might help. G'Luck! ...Read more

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Is it safe to take melatonin for jet lag and also do develop a sleep routine for a few days till sleep cycle stable. Am on 40 my Prozac (fluoxetine) as well.

Is it safe to take melatonin for jet lag and also do develop a sleep routine for a few days till sleep cycle stable. Am on 40 my Prozac (fluoxetine) as well.

Yes.: Taking melatonin may help with your jet lag but if you travel internationally, it may take a few days to get back on your routine sleep cycle. Taking Prozac (fluoxetine) shouldn't have an effect. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take melatonin to help me sleep in the 1st trimester of pregnancy?

Try excellent sleep: Hygiene first. 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 prior to sleep & no alcohol or tobacco. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent. ...Read more

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I'm taking Metoprolol 50mg Succ. (in the a.m.) for anxiety related sinus tachycardia. Is it safe to take Melatonin 3mg to help with sleep issues?

I'm taking Metoprolol 50mg Succ. (in the a.m.) for anxiety related sinus tachycardia. Is it safe to take Melatonin 3mg to help with sleep issues?

Usually OK: The most common melatonin side effects include:
•Daytime sleepiness
•Headaches
Dizziness

Other, less common melatonin side effects might include abdominal discomfort, mild anxiety, irritability, confusion and short-lasting feelings of depression.

In addition, melatonin supplements can interact with various medications, including:
•Blood-thinning medications (anticoagulants)
•Medications that suppress the immune system (immunosuppressants)
Diabetes medications
•Birth control pills ...Read more

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Is it safe to take 3 pills of 5 mg melatonin?

Below: 15 mg is not a toxic dose.
But I would suggest discussing you sleeping problems with your DR to try to find another solution. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take 3mg Melatonin every night?

Is it safe to take 3mg Melatonin every night?

Sleep hygiene a must: Should be ok but I recommend you check with your doctor about your other prescriptions, I am available for second opinion if needed ...Read more

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Is it safe to take 3mg of Melatonin each nighttime?

Average: Your dose is not at all excessive, and likely will be both safe and effective. Many of us on this site recommend Melatonin in place of prescription sleeping pills ...Read more

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Is it safe to take 1.5 mg melatonin 4-5x week? It helps me tremendously. Does your body start to produce less due to supplementing with it?

Safe: See no real problem at this point, and really will not profoundly affect brain chemistry, but if you have a sleep disorder, best to uncover cause, as more specific approaches could be necessary. ...Read more

Dr. Carlos Satulovsky
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Ssri (Definition)

Group of antidepressants that selectively block the reuptake of serotonin, hence increasing its levels. Examples are celexa, zoloft, Lexapro ...Read more