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Doctor insights on: Melatonin Medication

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

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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What is the point of the hetlioz medication, since it is really just an analogue of melatonin, also with more side effects?

Melatonin and sleep: Pasimelton is different than melatonin. Tasimelteon is an agonist at melatonin MT1 and MT2 receptors. These receptors are thought to be involved in the control of circadian rhythms. ...Read more

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If taking tyrosine helps generate melatonin and darken hair, what medication has the opposite effect?

Wrong premise: Tyrosine is a Dopamine precursor and it does not go to melatonin in the body.

In balanced dosing with tryptophan and 5 hydroxy tryptophan, the serotonin goes to melatonin.

Unbalanced it can make a patient sicker. ...Read more

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How do I transition from omeprazol to melatonin for acid reflux. I take omeprazol in the morning. Also, does it interfer with any medications. Thanks.

How do I transition from omeprazol to melatonin for acid reflux. I take omeprazol in the morning. Also, does it interfer with any medications. Thanks.

Two different meds: Omeprazole is for Acid reflux and should be taken first thing in the morning on empty stomach, Melatonin is a sleep aid taken at bedtime. Omeprazole and others in the same class sometimes do affect the absorption of other medications. When in doubt, ask your doctor about a specific medication on your list. ...Read more

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My sister is having seziures and I think its from her medication. She is taking Xanax (alprazolam) and at night melatonin could the two be a bad combination?

See a doctor: If your sister is having seizures, she should see a doctor immediately so that a diagnosis can be made and treatment prescribed. Withdrawal from large doses of Xanax (alprazolam) can cause seizures, so if she is taking a large dose and suddenly stops it she might have seizures. Otherwise it is unlikely that either Xanax (alprazolam) or melatonin would cause seizures. ...Read more

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What is a safe starting dose of melatonin for an elderly person who also takes high blood pressure medication?

What is a safe starting dose of melatonin for an elderly person who also takes high blood pressure medication?

Your Dr's input.: In general 1 mg of melatonin can be an appropriate starting dose. But- you need to talk to your own doctor before you start any new herbal or supplement. Your doctor knows you better than a doctor on the internet. Take care. ...Read more

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Hi, I've been having trouble sleeping at night. I usually wake up after about 3-4 hours and can't get back to sleep. I don't take any medications and am otherwise very healthy. Is taking melatonin a good idea? Thanks Insomnia

Need more info: This can be from many causes and the treatment depends on the cause. If jetlag is an issue then yes. But if other reasons like depression that can cause early awakening then need not melatonin but an antidepressant, another possibility is excessive anxiety address anxiety would help, sometimes it's an issue of discomfort if your room is too hot, or mattress is uncomfortable, hunger etc. ...Read more

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Colonoscopy prep says no herbal medications 7 days before. Does this include probiotics, fish oil, or melatonin?

Colonoscopy prep says no herbal medications 7 days before. Does this include probiotics, fish oil, or melatonin?

Herbal: Probiotics and melatonin should be ok but I would hold the fish oil because it increases bleeding risks and if a biopsy is needed you could have more risks. ...Read more

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What are the best medications for seasonal affective disorder? I have contraindications for the sad lamps, take vitamin d3, & melatonin gives headache

What are the best medications for seasonal affective disorder? I have contraindications for the sad lamps, take vitamin d3, & melatonin gives headache

How about an SSRI?: You may take zoloft (sertraline) or Celexa for 6 months each year for seasonal affective disorder. Symptoms of disturbance to (sleep, interests, guilty feelings, energy level, concentration, appetite, or mood) may be significantly improved with a simple single pill daily. ...Read more

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What over-the-counter sleep medications are safe to take with Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) for insomnia besides melatonin? Would passion flower be a safe alternative?

What over-the-counter sleep medications are safe to take with Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) for insomnia besides melatonin? Would passion flower be a safe alternative?

Caused by Adderal: Your insomnia is due to side effect of taking adderal, you need to discuss with your prescribing doctor if the dose adjustment and the time you take the last dose or changing to short acting from long acting etc will help
yes you can try passion flower as some recommend it for insomnia and hope it will help you. ...Read more

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I took two melatonin every night since Saturday and I feel like I can't stay awake too long during the day. Would that be the cause of this drug?

Melatonin is not: A drug, it is a hormone. it is best taken under the guidance of a doctor. It is taken at a very low dose. You may be taking too much. It is taken 1 hour prior to sleep. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can I take melatonin while on stelara (ustekinumab)? Any drug interactions....?

Why ask here?: In answering your question any doctor would do exactly what you can do yourself: Go to any of numerous websites that allow you to cross-reference drugs and find interactions. You can cut out the middleman and find out for yourself. Knowledge is power: Arm yourself. ...Read more

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Not gettin good deep resting sleep trying 10 mg melatonin a night 2 of them. Can I take more. Ambiem don't work. What do I do. Don't want habit forming drug?

Not gettin good deep resting sleep trying 10 mg melatonin a night 2 of them. Can I take more. Ambiem don't work. What do I do. Don't want habit forming drug?

Change habit: You need to adjust, or change your sleeping habit, like minimize stimulation before sleep like eating full mea, lor drinking caffeine, or exercise, or watching action or horror movies.
try to drink something warm like a warm milk or sleep time tea, eliminate TV in the bed room, try to listen to soft easy music, and you can try benadryl (diphenhydramine) 25-50 mg in addition to what you are taking and avoid afternoon naps. ...Read more

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Are there drug interactions between cocaine and melatonin supplements?

Are there drug interactions between cocaine and melatonin supplements?

Probably not: Melatonin is a hormone that is naturally found in your brain which we believe helps us regulate our sleep cycle. It is not known what happens if a person takes it in a supplement form for long periods of time (even just weeks or months) so most doctors like myself do not recommend it. Using cocaine, with melatonin or not, is a really bad idea. Plus, last I heard, it's illegal. ...Read more

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What's the best way to treat insomnia when nothing else seems to work? I've tried cutting out caffeine, meditation, melatonin, prescription drugs…

What's the best way to treat insomnia when nothing else seems to work? I've tried cutting out caffeine, meditation, melatonin, prescription drugs…

A patchwork quilt: Approach is best. Try improving sleep hygiene across the board. Sleep Hygiene is Key.
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, > ...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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Are there any drug interactions? I took 3mg melatonin at 1:30am, Aller-tec at 10:30 am, Lansoprazol at 11:30, and Benadryl (allergic reaction) at 12pm

Are there any drug interactions? I took 3mg melatonin at 1:30am, Aller-tec at 10:30 am, Lansoprazol at 11:30, and Benadryl (allergic reaction) at 12pm

Nighty night: The worst thing that'lll happen with those meds is that you'll probably get some much needed rest! LOL....I know cuz I've 4 teenagers of my own. At least you've got a good reason to be sleeping with the melatonin and Benadryl (diphenhydramine). That should put you down for a little snooze. Otherwise, you should be good. Do you really need all those drugs? Your pharmacist can also help you with drug interactions ...Read more

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Drug interactions with niacin atenolol vit c magnesium iron Zoloft (sertraline) melatonin and armour?

Drug interactions with niacin atenolol vit c magnesium iron Zoloft (sertraline) melatonin and armour?

Epocrates check: A quick check on my trusty med database program reveals 3 main negative interactions with those meds listed. Two of them are with armour. The armour interacts with both the iron and magnesium making the thyroid med less absorbed, so separate these vitamins from your armour by at least 4 hrs. The other major interaction is atenolol and niacin. Less cholesterol lowering effect and overlowering of bp. ...Read more

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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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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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Melatonin overdose symptoms?

Melatonin overdose symptoms?

Drowsy, weak, shakey: People feel drowsy, weak, and disoriented when they take excessive amounts of this drug. They may also feel shaky and notice a headache, . Some people begin having psychotic thoughts and feeling depressed, which can be harmful in itself. ...Read more

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Research on melatonin pills?

Not sure: Melatonin is not classified by the fda as a "drug" like Ambien or Lunesta (eszopiclone) so there is not too much info in the us. It is available over the counter for sleep. For good information you must look into european websites and journals where this has been used for more years than here. ...Read more