Melatonin is a prescription synthetic medication used to treat insomnia and improving sleep in different conditions. Melatonin is a neurohormone that your body makes naturally. It is produced by the pineal glands in the brain at night. It prepares your body for sleep. Melatonin’s main job in the body is to regulate night and day cycles or sleep-wake cycles. It may also be used for jet lag, for adjusting sleep-wake cycles in people whose daily work schedule changes and for helping people establish a day and night cycle. Sometimes it may be used to calm people before they are given anesthesia for surgery. This medication signals the body that it is time to sleep. When taken as an oral supplement, Melatonin reaches a maximum concentration in your blood after 30 minutes.
Our Canadian Pharmacy is currently offering the generic Melatonin also called Meloset from India manufactured by Aristo Pharmaceuticals. The brand Melatonin is not available at this time. Melatonin is available in the strength of 3 mg tablets.
The most common side effects of Melatonin is drowsiness. Some people may feel sleepy or groggy the morning after taking Melatonin.
The other possible side effects of Melatonin may include:
• Daytime sleepiness;
• Short term feelings of depression;
• Stomach cramps
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
You should not drive, use machinery for four to five hours after taking Melatonin. You should not use Melatonin if you are pregnant. It may also interfere with ovulation making it more difficult to become pregnant. This medication might make bleeding worse in people with bleeding disorders. Do not use this medication if you are taking certain blood pressure medications to control blood pressure.
The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
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