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Melatonin And Bipolar Risks
Melatonin for Mania: Not likely.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
My bedtime is between 12-1am heard that melatonin levels highest at night n artificial light reduce them. Also light have on during day. Cancer risk?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Medications: Yes. Of course.Get a more detailed answer ›