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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Manic Depressive Disorder (Definition)

Though depression is not required for diagnosis most people have both manic and depressive episodes and may have mixed episodes with features of both. Length of episodes vary, but are separated by "normal" periods of emotion and behavior. See my answers to similar ...Read more


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I am bipolar 2 with ptsd and have problems sleeping. My doc said I could use melatonin to sleep but have felt depressed after taking it.

I am bipolar 2 with ptsd and have problems sleeping. My doc said I could use melatonin to sleep but have felt depressed after taking it.

PTSD: If this has been a consistent response to melatonin please let your doctor know. It is likely that a medication change will be required. ...Read more

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Is melatonin safe?

Is melatonin safe?

Agree W Dr. Jacobsen: Concur that with the exceptions he listed that Melatonin is a safe approach to insomnia. ...Read more

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Is melatonin addicting?

Is melatonin addicting?

No!: Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone produced by the pineal gland in the brain; used as an over-the-counter sleep aid, it does not cause physical dependence which some of the prescribed medications might. ...Read more

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Melatonin side affects?

Melatonin: Headaches, nausea, grogginess, irritability, hypothermia, & postural hypotension. Such symptoms are mild & transient. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take melatonin?

Should not be a prob: There are not very many known side effects of melatonin. My advice "do not take it for long term sleep problems" just use it for the days you have problems with sleep cycle. Because we do not know long term effects of taking it. Look for USP certified dietary supplements. ...Read more

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Why is melatonin bad for you?

Typically not bad: Melatonin is not "bad" for you if taken within normal dosages. Melatonin can help regulate sleep rhythms, if taken daily in moderate doses. ...Read more

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500mg of melatonin is ok to take?

500mg of melatonin is ok to take?

No, that would be a: Massive dose. Use excellent 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 melatonin along w light reading. ...Read more

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How should I safely use melatonin?

Melatonin: Please go on-line and read up about melatonin.

It is predominantly linked to animals - not humans - but from time to time it can be helpful with sleep disorder. Just don't overdo it. ...Read more

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What can occur if I took 5 melatonin?

What can occur if I took 5 melatonin?

If you took 5 1 mg: Melatonin tablets - that might be effective for sleep. If you take 5 10 mg of melatonin - then you would have taken an overdose. Always start with lowest dose in order to be able to determine which is the lowest dosage that is effective for you. ...Read more

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What happens if I take 15mg of melatonin?

What happens if I take 15mg of melatonin?

May improve sleep: The range of effective doses for melatonin can vary from person to person. The maximum dose recommended is 20 mg. Check with your physician about any possible interactions with your medications. ...Read more

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What is the overdosage amount for melatonin?

What is the overdosage amount for melatonin?

>10 mg: Recommended dose is up to 10 mg per night. Larger doses may produce excessive drowsiness. Other central nervous system depressants may enhance the effects of melatonin. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of taking melatonin?

Not for all insomnia: Melatonin is natural and not addictive like some prescription sleep medications. It works best for people who are trying to get a normal sleeping pattern that was interrupted due to traveling (time zone changes), working graveyard shift, etc. The only cons is that it isn't as effective for other types of insomnia, like to help fall asleep quickly or to fall asleep and stay asleep. ...Read more

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I just took 60 mg of melatonin. What could happen?

Variable side effect: Melatonin in doses greater than 10mg. Are typically used as adjunctive therapy in cancer and thrombocytopenia/chemotherapy patients. Side effects:

abdominal cramps, alertness decreased, circadian rhythm disruption, daytime fatigue, depression, dizziness, drowsiness, dysphoria, headache, irritability

definite relationship between melatonin and serotonin syndrome remains unproven. ...Read more

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Is melatonin addictive?

Is melatonin addictive?

No addiction: There is no risk of developing a physiological dependence or addiction to melatonin -- meaning that your brain will not become dependent upon melatonin. Yet, as with any behavior (ie, the act of taking melatonin every night before bed) can become "addicting" or habitual thus causing a psychological addiction to needing to take melatonin for help you sleep. ...Read more

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Does melatonin help you sleep better?

Yes it can help: Melatonin is a natural hormone your body produces to signal sleep onset. In some people with sleep onset insomnia or circadian rhythm disturbances melatonin can help. Unfortunately, it does little to help keep you asleep throughout the night. ...Read more

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Can I give melatonin to an ADHD 3 year old?

Can I give melatonin to an ADHD 3 year old?

Talk to your doctor: It's so good you asked. Don't give anything to your 3 year old without consulting your doctor. Having a child with adhd is exhausting, but you need to adhere strictly to doctors orders. You might need more support for yourself. It would be totally normal if you were feeling overwhelmed. Talk to your doctor about it if you are. Best wishes to you and your 3 year old. ...Read more

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Can melatonin help or harm trying to concieve

Can melatonin help or harm trying to concieve

Melatonin: Melatonin actually acts as an antioxidant in the ovaries, removing free radicals and preventing cellular damage. Women who receive melatonin supplements while undergoing IVF and throughout the rest of the pregnancy have healthier blastocyst development as well as more positive pregnancy outcomes.
So far the evidence supporting the fact that melatonin is good and no evidence of harm. ...Read more

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Can melatonin work for an occasional sleep aid?

Can melatonin work for an occasional sleep aid?

Yes: In my experience, melatonin has been very useful, and a lot safer than many prescription sleeping pills. May require 2 or 3 pills to help, but seems quite successful in very small amounts. In spite of otc status, if you have a sleep disorder, discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Side effects of taking l-carnitine and melatonin?

Side effects of taking l-carnitine and melatonin?

Melatonin: Possible se’s from melatonin include: feeling tired the next day, sleep walking, nightmares, vivid dreams, dizziness, confusion, headache, GI upset, v libido, v sperm count, gynecomastia in men & mood changes. ...Read more

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Could melatonin help with depression and anxiety?

Could melatonin help with depression and anxiety?

No: Melatonin does not help with depression and anxiety, but can help with your sleep -- which both depression and anxiety can impact. Also taking too much melatonin can actually disrupt your sleep. Http://tinyurl. Com/bzyt6ft. ...Read more

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Does melatonin really help with sleeping problems?

Does melatonin really help with sleeping problems?

It is often helpful: Melatonin is hypothesized to work by regulating the sleep/wake rhythm (by acting on melatonin receptors in the hypothalamus. Http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/19326288. ...Read more

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What is the correct dose for melatonin as a sleep aid?

0.3 mg-3 mg: Start with lower dose and work up as needed. Only use melatonin for < 3 months. New data suggests trying the lowest dose range before pushing to more conventional 1-3 mg as the brain may be more responsive to it then we thought. Too much can cause headache, nausea, nightmares, morning grogginess. Don't use if pregnant, have cancer, diabetes, depression, seizures, auto immune disease, lymphomas. ...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


Dr. Alan Ali
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Bipolar Disorder (Definition)

Also known as manic-depressive illness, bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that in its most severe form causes dramatic shifts in mood, ...Read more