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What is the starting dose for Melatonin? Is this good for Insomnia?

Posted by @eliana5, Thu, Sep 27 9:53am

Hi, a resident here told me about trying Melatonin. I have had a very difficult time sleeping. Only averaging about three hours a night. I go to sleep fairly easily, as I am prescribed 2mg in morning and 2mg at bedtime by Psychiatrist. However, I wake up always at 1 or 2am..and can't go back to sleep. I have spoken to her about this, and she just prescribes "sleep aids" that are basically sedating antihistamines..like Hydroxyzine, Clonodine, but it does very little for relaxation or staying asleep. She stopped them. Then she put me on Ambien but told me to take "as needed" only. However, I "needed" it every night. It stopped working after two months. She got upset because I took it every night. I pleaded with her for Sonata, as that used to help me, but she refuses..instead putting me on a very sedating antipsychotic called Seroquel. She said she prescribes a "low dose" for people with insomnia, when I expressed my concern about being put on that when I only have Major Depressive disorder, and panic attacks, that I am already on meds for. She prescribed 50mg. It does not help. I told her, and she increased to 100mg to no avail. A resident suggested Melatonin..but I don't know what dosage to start off with. Them I saw on a website, that people with Insomnia should not take this, only people with jet lag..I'm confused. Does anyone take this for Insomnia and how much? I have tried everything to no avail. I can't take herbs due to drug interactions. I don't do anything stimulating or drink caffeine before bed. Thanks for reading.

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@eliana5 I use melatonin to help me get to sleep. From my knowledge it is very commonly used for that. I started with 1 mg. I now take 3 mg when I take it and hesitate to go higher because I have read that more than that can cause nightmares.
It does help me get to sleep but it doesn’t last through the night. There is an Rx only melatonin now that is time released so does help with being able to stay asleep.
JK

@contentandwell

@eliana5 I use melatonin to help me get to sleep. From my knowledge it is very commonly used for that. I started with 1 mg. I now take 3 mg when I take it and hesitate to go higher because I have read that more than that can cause nightmares.
It does help me get to sleep but it doesn’t last through the night. There is an Rx only melatonin now that is time released so does help with being able to stay asleep.
JK

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@eliana5 your pharmacist or doctor. Could advise you about the dose of melatonin and frequency. Also should be on the bottle.

@contentandwell

@eliana5 I use melatonin to help me get to sleep. From my knowledge it is very commonly used for that. I started with 1 mg. I now take 3 mg when I take it and hesitate to go higher because I have read that more than that can cause nightmares.
It does help me get to sleep but it doesn’t last through the night. There is an Rx only melatonin now that is time released so does help with being able to stay asleep.
JK

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Thank you. This is very helpful. Someone here – resident said she takes "gummies"? I guess they should come in tablets too..I will try it. I hope I can also get it prescribed, but I am figuring Psychiatrist won't prescribe it, so I wonder if General doctor's can? Thank you for the helpful information..☺

@ladybirder

@eliana5 your pharmacist or doctor. Could advise you about the dose of melatonin and frequency. Also should be on the bottle.

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Pharmacist did not know. Psychiatrist won't prescribe. Will make an appt with General Doctor. Thank you..☺

@eliana5

Pharmacist did not know. Psychiatrist won't prescribe. Will make an appt with General Doctor. Thank you..☺

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@elania5 here’s what the Mayo Clinic has to say about Melatonin: https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements-melatonin/art-20363071

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@contentandwell

@eliana5 I use melatonin to help me get to sleep. From my knowledge it is very commonly used for that. I started with 1 mg. I now take 3 mg when I take it and hesitate to go higher because I have read that more than that can cause nightmares.
It does help me get to sleep but it doesn’t last through the night. There is an Rx only melatonin now that is time released so does help with being able to stay asleep.
JK

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By the way, I have read that as you age there is a drop in the melatonin that your body naturally produces, thus the reason why us older people have more trouble sleeping.
I haven’t really researched this, just came across it somewhere, but it probably makes sense.
JK

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@ladybirder

@elania5 here’s what the Mayo Clinic has to say about Melatonin: https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements-melatonin/art-20363071

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I'm so glad you posted this. Went on link..the other Google site said "do not take for sleep/wake or insomnia..but the mayo link said it can be taken for sleep/wake..insomnia. So, I'm very relieved. I also did not know as we age we produce less. I thought I was the only person with this problem..thank you! ☺

@eliana5

I'm so glad you posted this. Went on link..the other Google site said "do not take for sleep/wake or insomnia..but the mayo link said it can be taken for sleep/wake..insomnia. So, I'm very relieved. I also did not know as we age we produce less. I thought I was the only person with this problem..thank you! ☺

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@eliana5 I go to the Mayo Clinics site for all medical questions. Good luck with all this!

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@eliana5

I'm so glad you posted this. Went on link..the other Google site said "do not take for sleep/wake or insomnia..but the mayo link said it can be taken for sleep/wake..insomnia. So, I'm very relieved. I also did not know as we age we produce less. I thought I was the only person with this problem..thank you! ☺

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@eliana5 as I said, I have not researched it, so I am not sure about producing less melatonin. I have read in numerous places though that more than 3 mg causes nightmares in some people, but some people seem to do fine with higher doses.
I think the Mayo link is one of the best for info. I find the NCBI site helpful also, and there are a couple of others from major medical centers. I only read those.
JK

I take remeron and trazadone and Valium in evening for sleep and also melatonin but small dose. Is it ok to take 5mg melatonin with other meds.

@dcat

I take remeron and trazadone and Valium in evening for sleep and also melatonin but small dose. Is it ok to take 5mg melatonin with other meds.

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Hi, @dcat, and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You'll note I merged your post with this discussion about melatonin, so that you could meet some of the other members talking about this topic. Please meet @contentandwell @eliana5 @ladybirder. @mbabkk @lioness may also have some input.

I'd echo what @ladybirder said earlier in this discussion about consulting your doctor or pharmacist about any potential interactions between melatonin and your other medications.

How has your sleep been lately?

@dcat

I take remeron and trazadone and Valium in evening for sleep and also melatonin but small dose. Is it ok to take 5mg melatonin with other meds.

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@dcat With what all you take at night I would certainly ask your pharmacist about them and your Dr about interactions In my opinion your pharmacist would be more knowledgeable I only take 5mg of Melotinion at night and dont have any nightmares but with all your on ask about it.Thank you Lisa

@lisalucier

Hi, @dcat, and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You'll note I merged your post with this discussion about melatonin, so that you could meet some of the other members talking about this topic. Please meet @contentandwell @eliana5 @ladybirder. @mbabkk @lioness may also have some input.

I'd echo what @ladybirder said earlier in this discussion about consulting your doctor or pharmacist about any potential interactions between melatonin and your other medications.

How has your sleep been lately?

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@lisalucier @dcat I do take melatonin occasionally but I have no idea if it interacts with any drugs. I was told it was OK for me to use it, so presumably it does not interact with my immunosuppressants. Along with checking with your own physician, and pharmacist there is a site, drugs.com, where you can put your pharmaceuticals in and it will tell you known interactions. It also says that it may not be a complete list and to check with your healthcare provider. If it said there is an interaction I would not take something but otherwise I would check further.
I think the NP who is attached to my transplant surgeon thinks I’m a pain in the neck because I do check things with her. Too bad, this is my health.
JK

@contentandwell

@lisalucier @dcat I do take melatonin occasionally but I have no idea if it interacts with any drugs. I was told it was OK for me to use it, so presumably it does not interact with my immunosuppressants. Along with checking with your own physician, and pharmacist there is a site, drugs.com, where you can put your pharmaceuticals in and it will tell you known interactions. It also says that it may not be a complete list and to check with your healthcare provider. If it said there is an interaction I would not take something but otherwise I would check further.
I think the NP who is attached to my transplant surgeon thinks I’m a pain in the neck because I do check things with her. Too bad, this is my health.
JK

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@Contantandwell your health so keep asking

@lioness

@Contantandwell your health so keep asking

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@lioness exactly, I do.
JK

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