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Doctor insights on: Valerian Vs Melatonin For Insomnia

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Insomnia for days and it's really irritating me. Would it be safe for me, a 16 year old, to take melatonin or valerian root?

Insomnia for days and it's really irritating me. Would it be safe for me, a 16 year old, to take melatonin or valerian root?

Safer to see Dr.: It would be much safer for you to see your physician, so that the reasons for your sleep disturbance can be determined and personalized help can be provided. Otherwise, you're just suppressing something that may need more care. Is it possible you're using stimulating substances -- either prescribed or otherwise? ...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


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I had chronic insomnia for the past 10 years. I have used melatonin, valerian, inositol, panthotenic acid, carrot, ginger he' etc with little success?

I had chronic insomnia for the past 10 years. I have used melatonin, valerian, inositol, panthotenic acid, carrot, ginger he' etc with little success?

Time to see a doctor: You've done most supplements to improve sleep without help. It could be a hormonal imbalance causing insomnia: adrenal, thyroid and ovarian hormone imbal. Can all do it. Also depression, low blood sugar and anxiety can cause insomnia. Perhaps it's time to see a doctor who can help sort this out. ...Read more

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Severe insomnia. Have tried everything. Have taken two benadryl and 2 Ambien so far. Still can't sleep. Valerian root and melatonin don't work.

Severe insomnia. Have tried everything. Have taken two benadryl and 2 Ambien so far. Still can't sleep. Valerian root and melatonin don't work.

Have you seen a: Sleep specialist? In the meantime - how is your sleep hygiene? Retire & rise same time each day. Bedroom should be dark & cool - used 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. Dinner should be moderate sized & finished at least 2 to 3 hours before sleep. Can try warm milk, chamomile ...Read more

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Can valerian root help with insomina? Or help rest thr body or is melatonin better? What's more effectivd to help me fsll asleep

Can valerian root help with insomina? Or help rest thr body or is melatonin better? What's more effectivd to help me fsll asleep

Varies: It depends on the person, both are touted as sleep aids. There are a few combination agents that include valerian, melatonin and kava + herbal tea -- to sort of throw the kitchen sink at getting you to sleep. This might be better choice to start, since if it fails, it moves you right to needing a prescription! ...Read more

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Is melatonin good for sleep maitenence insomnia?

Is melatonin good for sleep maitenence insomnia?

Periodic insomnia: Melatonin can help with sporadic insomnia. Many conditions can contribute to insomnia. Best idea is to see a psychiatrist to investigate your insomnia and its cause (s). A sleep study may even be needed. Then the best treatment plan can be developed with you. ...Read more

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Is melatonin safer to take than zolpidem for insomnia and what dosage to take?

Is melatonin safer to take than zolpidem for insomnia and what dosage to take?

1 mg or less: Higher doses of melatonin can actually interfere with normal sleep. Take 0.3 to 1 mg. And see how you do. Both are generally safe, but melatonin usually has less potential for morning "hang over". ...Read more

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Is melatonin safe for a 16 year old to take for insomnia? And if so are there any side affects?

Is melatonin safe for a 16 year old to take for insomnia? And if so are there any side affects?

Safe: You should take it 2-3 hours before the target bed time, the side effects usually sleepiness in the morning at high dose, therefore start at 0.5-1 mg first. ...Read more

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I suffer insomnia since I was young IV been on melatonin then I was on zolpidem 20mg now I'm on zopiclone15mg can I go on a higher dose or dif tablets?

I suffer insomnia since I was young IV been on melatonin then I was on zolpidem 20mg now I'm on zopiclone15mg can I go on a higher dose or dif tablets?

Insomnia treatment: Zopiclone is used to treat insomnia.The average dose for adults is 5.0-7.5 mg at bedtime. Using it at higher doses increases the risk of side effects and addiction. Contacting your doctor to discuss alternatives and not stopping the medication on your own acutely is important to avoid withdrawal and other problems. Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia can be a useful treatment for insomnia. ...Read more

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I have tried everything for my insomnia, had all the tests, and im disease free. I now take melatonin every night for 6 months, is it safe to continue?

I have tried everything for my insomnia, had all the tests, and im disease free. I now take melatonin every night for 6 months, is it safe to continue?

Although it is: Optimum not to use long term - it is safer than many other alternatives. But, I would encourage you first to try using really good sleep hygiene. 1. Keep regular bed ; wakening time (includes weekends). Get up same time daily.
2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine: warm bath or shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music.
3. Sleep in dark, quiet, cool room w comfortable >. ...Read more

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Insomnia, melatonin overdose, is that possible?

Insomnia: Melatonin can cause cardiovascular morbidity and rarely mortality. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take melatonin to help with insomnia every night. 10mg?

Yes: Using melatonin on a nightly basis is fine, and probably more effective than taking it only occasionally. Try practicing good sleep habits as well, and you will be off to dreamland! ...Read more

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Take too much melatonin at night, what could happen? I suffer from insomnia. How much melatonin is too much?

Call now: Call 1-800-222-1222 24 hours per day, 7 days per week to reach any poison control center in the United States. You will be connected with an expert who will direct you how to proceed. Please have all product information available when you call. ...Read more

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I have insomnia&have tried melatonin supplements and they didn't help. Any suggestions?

I have insomnia&have tried melatonin supplements and they didn't help. Any suggestions?

Other remedies: Your magnesium levels may be low in which case magnesium supplements or eating magnesium rich foods such as almonds, cashews or whole grains may help. Check out your room arrangement and see if has feng shui (favorable energy flow). Keep beds out of corners or next to windows. Natural remedies to try are chamomile tea & valerian. Pricey, but tempur pedic mattress & pillows are awesome. ...Read more

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My husband bhas hypothyroidism can he take melatonin for insomnia?

My husband bhas hypothyroidism can he take melatonin for insomnia?

No problem: Melatonin is safe and often quite effective and does not exhibit some of the usual problems with prescription sleep medications. Should not be an issue with his hypothyroidism. ...Read more

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I am a suffering teenage girl desperate for sleep. Horrible insomnia, what about melatonin?

Might help: What's keeping you from sleeping?
What have you tried?
What meds are you on?
What diagnoses do you have? ...Read more

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I have issues with insomnia (waking up in the middle of night) but don't think I have circadian rhythm issues. Could melatonin help?

I have issues with insomnia (waking up in the middle of night) but don't think I have circadian rhythm issues. Could melatonin help?

No: While melatonin could potentially help you sleep, it would likely be more beneficial for sleep onset insomnia rather than sleep maintenance. You may consider seeing a sleep specialist who can determine if you would be a candidate for cbti or if you require pharmacologic treatment with a longer acting hypnotic. ...Read more

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I bought melatonin of 1mg per tablet. Bottle says to take 1mg but is 1mg enough to help me fall asleep? I have night insomnia. Thank you

Good starting dose: 1 mg is a good starting dose. You can slowly increase the dose if need be. Melatonin is very safe to use. ...Read more

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I have elevated prolactin (57). Until treatment is rendered what can I do to ease symptoms. Insomnia mostly. I take melatonin currently.?

Symptoms of hi PRL: Hi. The common symptoms of high prolactin (PRL) are cessation of periods and breast milk. At age 47, you might have assumed menopause, but breast milk is not normal unless you're breast feeding. Headache sometimes. Insomnia not so common, so may or may not be related to hyperprolactinemia. Melatonin is fine and safe. I hope you've had your pituitary MRI. You'll hopefully start cabergoline soon. ...Read more

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My 13-year-old has insomnia for about a year and a half now she's been taken to counselors and she just got off melatonin, her anxiety has increased?

Behavioral therapy: For 13 years old with chronic insomnia for 1 and 1/2 year behavioral therapy is often recommended first. It can include sleep hygiene education, relaxation, biofeedback, stimulus control, Alternative treatments might help such as acupressure, tai chi, yoga and massage. If these measures fail then consult expert for medication ...Read more

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Took. 5mg of ativan (lorazepam) 9 hours ago. My Dr recommended I take melatonin for my insomnia. Is it safe to take 3mg of melatonin in the same day as ativan (lorazepam)?

Probably okay: They may be additive in producing drowsiness or sleep.. You are better off using melatonin by itself for sleep, as ativan (lorazepam) is mainly an anti-anxiety medication that you could build tolerance to. Are you on methadone now too? Lots of additive effects when combined, if so. Hope your PCP is monitoring/ managing this along with your pain meds? You can also become tolerant to Melatonin's effects. ...Read more

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What is a safe OTC sleep aid for insomnia? Is melatonin ok?

What is a safe OTC sleep aid for insomnia? Is melatonin ok?

Melatonin: Melatonin is a very safe and effective substance for insomnia. We naturally produce melatonin in our pineal gland every evening, because the release is triggered by low light or darkness in the environment. If you are under artificial light, melatonin is produced but not released. Also, it has been found that it is an antitumoral agent. Sometimes melatonin needs higher doses, up to 20 mg is safe. ...Read more

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I have hypothyroidism is it safe to take melatonin for my insomnia?

I have hypothyroidism is it safe to take melatonin for my insomnia?

Risky: Melatonin is believed to down-regulate the activity of the thyroid gland. Therefore, not recommended in hypothyroidism. Best to discuss your insomnia with doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Insomnia (Definition)

A sleep disorder in which you cannot fall or stay asleep. It usually accompanies another sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorder, and can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, and increased risk of ...Read more