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interesting you ask... I just picked up my prescription for Atenolol (beta blocker for blood pressure) and on the bag it said "if you take beta blockers like Atenolol and ... you might want to ask your Dr. or Pharmacist about taking Coenzyme Q10 and Melatonin"

I've never taken Melatonin before so I don't know, but I just thought it was interesting you brought this up today.

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I take it from time to time and it really works. It doesn't give me that drugged out sleep you get with other sleep aids. Never had any side effects or other problems with it.

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Hello!

I take this. Did you want me to hook you up before you buy?

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Thanks Laurie, I actually already bought some. It was like $7 at Feel-Rite.

Do you guys take this every night? Only when you can't fall asleep? What dosage?

I took some last night, it was a 3 mg dose. I fell asleep quickly and actually felt rested when I woke up this morning, BUT when I woke up in the middle of the night to pee (as per usual) I thought I was going to die! I was so dizzy and weak and disoriented. Is that abnormal?

Thanks for your help!

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Melatonin is being linked to cancer, in a good way. People who are exposed to lights at night don't produce it and get higher rates of cancer. There's even some cancer therapies being run now using melatonin.

I take it every night. I've heard of some people having a pretty dramatic effect from it, but it never affected me that strongly.

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I find that if I take it once, it uber helps the first night... Then after that I sleep very short hours the next few nights... So it helps the first day, then sort of screws me. If I take more, I get brutal insomnia.

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I only take it when I can't sleep or really need to be rested up for the next day. If I take it every night I seem to build up a tolerance to it. I haven't noticed anything unusual if I wake up during the night.

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I've been taking Melatonin for a while now. (A few months.) Drugs don't usually work well on me (I have a high-tolerance to everything) so when I take them I take three 3mg tablets. That usually works really, really well for me.

I agree with the above poster who says it doesn't make you feel wrecked the next day. When I take otc sleep drugs they mess me up. If I take store bought sleep aids to fall asleep on Monday night, I have to write off Tuesday as an up-all-nighter ahead of time. But with Melatonin I don't have that problem.

The only thing I have noticed for sure is that my dreams have increased at an amazing rate. I've always been a non-dreamer. Never had any memory of them at all. But when taking Melatonin I dream a lot.

The weird thing is I've heard people on these boards say that going gluten-free causes them to suddenly have dreams in a similar manner.

My research on Melatonin (before taking it the first time) showed similar statements from non-celiacs who'd never taken Melatonin before. But since I started taking Melatonin the same time I went gluten-free I'm not sure which one it might be.

Odds are it's the Melatonin if people from two different camps are displaying the same side-effect.

For me, personally, it's kind of cool. After having spent the greater portion of my life not recalling my dreams, it's great to suddenly have them.

They haven't been weird, trippy nightmares specifically...Just random dreams across the board. A minute portion scary but mostly just really vivid and common place now.

I dig dreaming. It's great entertainment (for someone who's had less than a handful remembered their whole life.)

Apparently, from my research, it's something the body produces to help regulate sleep cycles. It hits its peak of production at around 3:00am. Apparently the older you get the less your body produces in the "normal" cycle so that's why older folks fall asleep earlier and get up earlier.

(I'm giving you the lay version of what I remember reading. I'm no physician so don't flame me on any inaccuracies in the above paragraph!)

It's fun stuff and it's cheap. Give it a shot. (Apparently it's also greatly recommended as a Jet Lag cure.)

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Hi all, I'm new to these boards. :)

I started taking melatonin for insomnia two weeks ago and while my sleep is only a little better, it's coincided with an outbreak of my dermatitis herpetiformis. I usually keep this under control simply with diet (no gluten, of course, but also no iodine - seafood, salt). I'm very strict with diet and usually I have an outbreak only if the freshwater fish I buy has been mislabeled, or if a restaurant inavertently uses flour in a dish even though I've requested gluten-free. You probably all know that story.

Anyway I've read on the Net that melatonin can aggravate autoimmune disorders, so I was wondering if this was what was happening and if anyone else with DH has experienced an outbreak that coincided with taking melatonin.

My DH outbreaks usually last six weeks. :rolleyes:

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Thanks Bernice. Interesting article. My melatonin comes in capsules from a compounding chemist, so I'll need to divided them with micro-scales of some sort.

Or, what'd happen if I used them two days on, two days off, I wonder?

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My husband started taking melatonin last night for his sleep issues. I just read, however, that it is not for people with autoimmune disorders. I know someone else mentioned that. I am concerned & can't really find the info I need on melatonin & if it is ok for celiacs. Anyone have some insight? Thanks!

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Do you guys take this every night? Only when you can't fall asleep? What dosage?

I have stopped taking it, but originally it went like this: start on 3mg, become tolerant and use 6mg, become tolerant and use 9mg, become disturbed that I'm tolerant to even that much, decide to skip a night or two and try to fatigue myself into sleep with low-weight/high-repetition excercise (with limited success, I always felt a little worse without melatonin), then cycle back through the same thing again and again. I have to emphasize that I have *not* found melatonin to be addictive, instead I was already very ill and it was very helpful and I slipped back into feeling just as bad every time I skipped until recently. I'm not sure what the difference has been for the last few months, but I no longer need it.

I took some last night, it was a 3 mg dose. I fell asleep quickly and actually felt rested when I woke up this morning, BUT when I woke up in the middle of the night to pee (as per usual) I thought I was going to die! I was so dizzy and weak and disoriented. Is that abnormal?

That's normal. You're very, very sleepy. Forcibly sleepy. Drunk-like.

Anyway I've read on the Net that melatonin can aggravate autoimmune disorders

Aggravate or prevent, from what PubMed tells me.

Two last thoughts:

Do not take melatonin late, it will interfere with waking up and being able to stand up and move around normally if it's still in you in the morning when you're supposed to be getting up.

And do not stay up after taking it, lie down immediately. When I've stayed up after taking it I've felt worse, and I've become unable to sleep when I finally do try to lie down.

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I take melatonin occasionally. I generally prefer the melatonin I got mail order from Life Extension from the stuff I got at the pharmacy here. The Life Extension is is a 6 hour time release version and it is only 700mcg. The pharmacy stuff is 3 mg like everyone is mentioning. The 3mg pill puts me out but makes me "overly" sleepy, nearly drugged feeling. The 700mcg time release just makes me sleep really well and I wake up really refreshed.

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After a chat with my compounding chemist about the article above which suggests .3mg is more effective than 3mg, he sent my next prescription as sublingual drops and encouraged me to experiment with the dosage to find what worked for me.

Five to six drops = 3 - 4mg, so he suggested I start with one drop, held in the buccal cavity or a minute or two for absorption, then swallowed. He suggests taking it one hour before bedtime - but I feel tired enough to sleep almost immediately so have been doing what Ricecakes has found as well and not staying up after the dose.

After my last 3mg time-release capsule I started with one drop and didn't sleep well. Two or three drops work well so far. I wake after six hours, though not very refreshed. After a few hours I feel tired enough to sleep again for an hour (work permitting). It seems several catnaps during the day allow me to catch up on enough sleep to feel ok by mid-morning and again by late afternoon. A persistent low-grade headache seems normal now.

The DH has reduced markedly on the lower dose, so I feel there is an 'aggravation' factor for auto-immune disorders. I also have an unusually bad cold which has persisted for the length of time I've been taking melatonin (five weeks) and now feels chronic and bronchial, with coughing, sneezing and chills not responding to my usual mega-doses of Vit C, astragalus, ecchinacea, Noni Juice, Aloe Vera Juice, Infra-red sauna etc etc.

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I found that I can't take it every night because I quickly build up a tolerance. I have not noticed any ill effects or even become remotely addicted to it. For occaisonal use it works really well.

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To all who use melatonin. I used it and it worked terrific. 9 pm and i konked out. after that it didn't work and then i started getting sick again and the only thing we were doing differant was Melatonin and then we talked to a health food lady and she said that Melatonin shouldn't be used by Gluten-Free people. I use Valaerin (or however you spell that) now but I'm not supposed to use it on a regular basis.

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I took it every night for about 2 years, but that was 4 years ago. It helped me fall asleep, but sometimes I would wake up still middle of the night. I used to take a couple pills a night, about 6 mg. It never hurt me. I have always had problems absorbing meds. Having taken anything since I have been gluten free, so I dont know now. This was during a period when I was eating lots of gluten. I use to eat a lot of carbs because I did long distance cycling. I also had chronic D during this time. When I stopped eating all the carbs I got better.

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Any thoughts on melatonin?

I've been taking time released melatonin for a few months. My problem wasn't falling asleep, it was staying asleep and the time released melatonin really helps!

S

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we talked to a health food lady and she said that Melatonin shouldn't be used by Gluten-Free people.

Walgreen's brand melatonin is gluten-free. I've used melatonin for years with no ill effects, and with considerable benefits. I know when I forget to take it, because I'll be laying in bed wondering why I can't sleep, and then I'll realize that I forgot my melatonin. I only take it when I feel like I will have trouble falling asleep, though. It stops working if you take it every night.

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To all who use melatonin. I used it and it worked terrific. 9 pm and i konked out. after that it didn't work and then i started getting sick again and the only thing we were doing differant was Melatonin and then we talked to a health food lady and she said that Melatonin shouldn't be used by Gluten-Free people. I use Valaerin (or however you spell that) now but I'm not supposed to use it on a regular basis.

That is too general a statement. She should have backed it up with facts saying why.

My daughter has never been able to sleep without it. She has been taking it off and on but mostly on for about 8 years now. She cannot get to sleep or sleep peacefully with out. Some people are deficent, their bodies are supposed to produce it and they don't. So far it is the safest sleep aid we have found for her.

She is at 3 mg now.

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Melatonin is my lifesaver. I take 3mg every night now for almost 3 years. Knocks me out! If I wake up in the middle of the night to pee I sometimes take a little more. It does not cause you to wake up groggy.

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I used to have sleep problems so my dr. suggested melatonin. I tried it and now it's part of my night-time routine. Here are some suggestions:

I take 1mg. each night. It's a perfect dose for me and if there's a night where I really need my sleep, I can take two or three.

I take the sublingual kind (it goes under the tongue). This goes directly into your blood stream and you get the benefits sooner. I can doze-off in 20 minutes or less (when it usually takes me an hour or so without). I think by taking the 3mg orally, it takes longer to get to your blood stream, therefore prolonging the effects.

It doesn't hurt to take this, especially the amount that I take. I get more sleep with it than without, so it's beneficial to my health in the long run.

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I love melatonin. It really helps me when I have trouble sleeping (which is a lot more lately since going gluten free), and I have no apparent ill effects from it. But I also recently noticed the autoimmune warning on the bottle when I was checking for gluten when starting the diet. That worries me, so I have been trying not to take it as often. Does anyone have more info about that?

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I've been taking time released melatonin for a few months. My problem wasn't falling asleep, it was staying asleep and the time released melatonin really helps!

S

Hello,

Can you tell me which kind of melatonin you use please

Thanks!

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