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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 the 460 mg of magnesium carbonate in Gaviscon, the same as 460mg of magnesium citrate in a supplement?

Is the 460 mg of magnesium carbonate in Gaviscon, the same as 460mg of magnesium citrate in a supplement?

Yes & no: Magnesium is the same but the carbonate form is harder to absorb whereas the Citraite is easier & more complete absorption. ...Read more

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Melatonin (homeopathic, for sleep)-are there side effects in perimenopause?

Melatonin (homeopathic, for sleep)-are there side effects in perimenopause?

Melatonin: Some people confuse regular melatonin in material doses of 3-6 mg, with the "homeopathic" form -- manufactured in potencies of 12x, etc. Melatonin in material doses can induce sleep. Some may experience grogginess the next day with it, though. The "homeopathic" form is not a true homeopathic remedy because no provings have been done on it, and it may or may not correspond to your exact symptoms. ...Read more

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Will a sleep aid with melatonin, valerian extract, hops - humulus lupulus, passionflower, chamomile have any affect on the birth control pill?

Will a sleep aid with melatonin, valerian extract,  hops - humulus lupulus, passionflower, chamomile have any affect on the birth control pill?

Unknown: That's one of the problems with botanicals, there aren't any controlled studies with which to reference when it comes to drug interactions. I recommend you start with the birth-control and look for drug interactions on the package insert. Even with proper use of oral birth control pills there still is about 1% failure rate. ...Read more

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Could the herbal supplement GABA interact with modafinil?

Could the herbal supplement GABA interact with modafinil?

Yes: The effects of Modafinil on glutamatergic and gabaergic transmission in the rat medial preoptic area (mpa) and posterior hypothalamus (ph), are analysed. Modafinil (30-300 mg/kg) increased glutamate and decreased gaba levels in the mpa and ph. Local perfusion with the gabaa agonist muscimol (10 microm), reduced, while the gabaa antagonist bicuculline (1 microm and 10 microm) increased glutamate le. ...Read more

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Can i take 500 naproxem with passion flower, boswella extract, zanthin, magnesium, niacinamine ?

Can i take 500 naproxem with passion flower, boswella extract, zanthin, magnesium, niacinamine ?

Don't know: This products that you have mentioned are not adequately studied. Therefore, there will be no accurate answer for the question. There may be no good reason to take inadequately studied medicines like herbs and natural medicines because you will not be able to predict side effects. In terms of naproxen, it need be taken after meals to avoid stomach irritation and off and on to avoid kidney problem. ...Read more

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Is Magnesium Oxide 300mg with Manganese 4mg(Manganese amino acid chelate 40mg*11mgUpper Limit)for Migraine Aura or is Magnesium Citrate Best Option?

Is Magnesium Oxide 300mg with Manganese 4mg(Manganese amino acid chelate 40mg*11mgUpper Limit)for
 Migraine Aura or is Magnesium Citrate Best Option?

The magnesiums....: hello - probably the first option which are pills. The Mg Citrate is a liquid,.and it MAY help your migraine....but the method is rather primitive dont you think? ...Read more

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Are melatonin supplements available in greece without a prescription?

Are melatonin supplements available in greece without a prescription?

Probably: I have not been to greece, but melatonin is available in the us with out a prescription, and most other countries in the world have much looser restrictions of medications than does the us. ...Read more

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What sleep medicine works the best? Melatonin, hops, passionflower

What sleep medicine works the best? Melatonin, hops, passionflower

Any : Any patient who has insomnia must pay attention to their sleep hygiene. You must avoid alcohol and sedatives after 6 pm, leave bed for sex and sleep only and no tv in bed. If you can't fall asleep in bed don't stay in bed just find something else to do and come back to bed when u are a little sleepy. This will train your brain that bed is not for worrying/watching tv etc and will improve sleep. If all this does not work then you can consider other alternatives. Since melatonin is a natural supplement thus should be the first step. Sleep aids have high risk of dependance and should be tried on as needed basis only. ...Read more

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Is magnesium glycinate the same as magnesium bis-glysinate?

Is magnesium glycinate the same as magnesium bis-glysinate?

I think so: Interesting question. I spent quite a bit of time researching this and have not found a definitive answer, but as far as i could tell they are different names for the same thing. If any doctors here have other information i hope they will share it. I find magnesium glycinate/bis-glycinate and magnesium taurate to the best-absorbed and best-tolerated form of oral magnesium. ...Read more

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Need help to stay asleep. Valerian with hops? Passionflower, motherwort, 5htp? Take 0.5mg of Xanax (alprazolam) at bedtime only.

Need help to stay asleep. Valerian with hops? Passionflower, motherwort, 5htp? Take 0.5mg of Xanax (alprazolam) at bedtime only.

Evaluation first: Before further medications or botanical/nutritional supplements, you need a fuller evaluation of your difficulty sleeping. Many issues can interfere with sleep, and taking xanax (alprazolam) every night is not a long-term solution. Please talk with your doctor about your sleep issues more fully. Consulting with a psychiatrist may be useful for you, and you may even need a sleep study to get the best help. ...Read more

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In standard doses is it safe to take these together? Milk Thistle, Selenium, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Magnesium, Potassium + B Complex? On Benzos sometimes

In standard doses is it safe to take these together? Milk Thistle, Selenium, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Magnesium, Potassium + B Complex? On Benzos sometimes

Probably ok ...: They are few if any studies evaluating whether specific herbs/supplements can be taken together. A rule of thumb: a large dose of anything should be taken at a separate time as it may compete for another's absorption. There are reports of supplements interfering with benzodiazepine withdrawal, but occasional use shouldn't be a factor. Careful with those, though! They're addicting! ...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?

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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