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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 melatonin safe to take on a regular basis for sleep?

Is melatonin safe to take on a regular basis for sleep?

Probably safe: Melatonin is secreted by the pineal gland and acts to regulate the body's sleep/wake cycle. Its use as a supplement has been proposed for multiple reasons; improved sleep, chronic fatique and autism are just a few. No serious toxic effects are reported, but caution is advised when used with other sedative meds or when anticoagulents or dibetic meds are involved. Talk to your doc to learn more. ...Read more

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Is melatonin safe to take while nursing and co sleeping?

Is melatonin safe to take while nursing and co sleeping?

Co-sleeping is: Dangerous. Melatonin is not safe with breastfeeding . It can decrease prolactin which is necessary for breast milk and melatonin passes into the breastmilk. Please contact your doctor about other viable options. ...Read more

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Took 0.5mg Clonazapam for GAD to help me sleep the last 2 nights. Don't want to take it a third for fear of dependency. Would melatonin be a safe alt?

Depends: Depends on if you're treating insomnia or anxiety. Melatonin generally helps insomnia. A treatment wIthout side effects or addiction possibility is available here: http://psychcentral.com/news/2011/02/18/lifestyle-changes-as-treatment-for-mental-health-concerns-depression-anxiety/23670.html ...Read more

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Is 5-10mg of melatonin safe for my 15 year old daughter to take on school nights for sleep?

Is 5-10mg of melatonin safe for my 15 year old daughter to take on school nights for sleep?

1-2 mg: The correct dose of melatonin is 1-2 mg, taken around 9 pm - which is when natural melatonin starts to rise. Start with the lowest dose. For some people the 3 mg dose can actually increase insomnia. Good sleep hygiene helps sleep - dark cool bedroom, no computers or tv after 9pm or so, no late exercise, for instance. ...Read more

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I have difficulty sleeping. I get sleep at 4am every night and I'm thinking of taking melatonin. Is it safe and how much should one take? Thank you!

I have difficulty sleeping. I get sleep at 4am every night and I'm thinking of taking melatonin. Is it safe and how much should one take? Thank you!

Melatonin is: relatively safe compared with other sleep aids. I hope you do more than take a sleeping pill (you also need to do some "detective work" to figure out why you awaken so early. Its best to fix underlying problems. ...Read more

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My granddaughters take melatonin 3mg or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 50mg for sleep each night. Is this safe. They are 10 and 12 years old.

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My granddaughters take melatonin 3mg or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 50mg for sleep each night.  Is this safe. They are 10 and 12 years old.

Melatonin: If effective and as recommended by a child specialist. I would not advise high dose on regular basis, though. Parents need to review with their doctor the reasons for lack of sleep and remedy those. ...Read more

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How much melatonin is safe to take? My prescription sleep pill is too strong but melatonin is too weak. I usually take 6mg. 170lb, 16, female.

How much melatonin is safe to take? My prescription sleep pill is too strong but melatonin is too weak. I usually take 6mg. 170lb, 16, female.

Melatonin: does not work for everyone. 6 mg is the standard dose. You can try 9 mg for a few days. Let you psychiatrist know you are having insomnia. They may want to make an adjustment in your medication. Read about good sleep hygiene if you have not already done so. ...Read more

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I took Xanax (alprazolam) about 4 hours ago for my anxiety and then just took 5mg of Melatonin to help me sleep tonight. Is it safe to take these drugs together?

I took Xanax (alprazolam) about 4 hours ago for my anxiety and then just took 5mg of Melatonin to help me sleep tonight.  Is it safe to take these drugs together?

Yes: These agents with no cross react or interfere with each other's activity. The pattern you used is common and you have no worries here. It is safe to take them together. ...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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more