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Melatonin

What does it do?

Melatonin's main job in the body is to regulate night and day cycles or sleep-wake cycles.

How can it help me sleep?

  • Darkness causes the body to produce more melatonin, which signals the body to prepare for sleep. Light decreases melatonin production and signals the body to prepare for being awake. Some people who have trouble sleeping have low levels of melatonin. It is thought that adding melatonin from supplements might help them sleep.

Do NOT take Melatonin if you are taking these medications.

  • Sedative medications (CNS depressants)
    • Melatonin might cause sleepiness and drowsiness. Medications that cause sleepiness are called sedatives. Taking melatonin along with sedative medications might cause too much sleepiness.
    • Some sedative medications include:
      • Clonazepam (Klonopin)
      • lorazepam (Ativan)
      • Phenobarbital (Donnatal)
      • Zolpidem (Ambien)
      • Others.
  • Birth control pills (Contraceptive drugs)
    • Birth control pills seem to increase how much melatonin the body makes. Taking melatonin along with birth control pills might cause too much melatonin to be in the body.
    • Some birth control pills include:
      • Ethinyl estradiol and Levonorgestrel (Triphasil)
      • Ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone (Ortho-Novum 1/35, Ortho-Novum 7/7/7)
      • Others.
Always refer to label for; Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, Dosage, and Warnings

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