Melatonin Dosing and Uses

Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland in the brain. The pineal gland, the tiniest endocrine organ, located in the very center of the brain between the two cerebral hemispheres has been coined the “seat of the soul” by René Descartes, a 17th-century French philosopher-mathematician. With age, the pineal gland becomes calcified in all of us and as a result, our natural melatonin levels decrease. Our bodies heal while we sleep and melatonin levels are highest when we are asleep, which is when antibody production is greatest.

Melatonin, discovered in 1958 by Yale researchers, is the only hormone the pineal gland makes and secretes (in addition to peptides and neurotransmitters). Melatonin is a derivative of tryptophan, the amino acid that became popularized in turkey as it makes the body sleepy. Levels are known to be highest in children and lowest in adults.

Melatonin has two main functions in the body – it helps regulate circadian rhythm (wake and sleep cycles) and acts as a powerful antioxidant. The discovery of melatonin levels being naturally higher at night came in the 1970s. It was recognized that when individuals were exposed to light their levels dramatically dropped, even if it was night time. Melatonin, therefore, has been described as the “molecular equivalent to darkness”. It is during sleep that our bodies heal. Melatonin is also strongly tied to our immune system. Our bodies heal while we sleep and melatonin levels are highest when we are asleep, which is when antibody production is greatest.

The use of melatonin as an antioxidant wasn’t determined until 1993, as it was found that it is a direct scavenger of singlet oxygen species. Redox cycling is the most common form of detoxification, yet melatonin works differently. Instead, it forms several stable end-products upon reacting with free radicals. No recycling is necessary as it serves as an end point of oxidative elimination. Melatonin has strong antioxidant effects and is considered the body’s strongest natural antioxidant that is manufactured. As an antioxidant, melatonin helps the immune system, preventing colds as well as cancer. Things that naturally lower melatonin levels besides normal aging are caffeine, alcohol and tobacco.

Melatonin strongly influences the immune system by preventing both infections and prevention of cancer. Melatonin enhances interleukin-2, a cytokine immune system signaling system, which enhances lymphocytic (white blood cell) production. It has also been demonstrated in the laboratory that certain breast and prostate cancer cells grown in the laboratory test tube grow rapidly in melatonin deficient conditions, and when melatonin is added to the system, the cancer cells die off. In addition, patients with breast and prostate cancer have demonstrated to have the lowest levels of melatonin compared those who do not.

Anemia sometimes is related to lower levels of melatonin which responds to taking doses of 10 mg or higher each night.

It has been observed in both Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism melatonin both enhances relaxation and improves behavioral symptoms. In a recent study (2008) it was discovered that parents of autistic children had lower melatonin which were a direct correlation to low activity of a gene that encodes melatonin synthesis.

Patients who suffer memory loss or have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease often have low levels of melatonin. Melatonin receptors play an important role learning and memory. It has been demonstrated that melatonin acts as a neurohormone and prevents neuronal death as well as preventing amyloid deposits in the brain, the distinguishing diagnosis if Alzheimer’s. Melatonin can be used to prevent both memory loss and Alzheimer’s due to these mechanisms.

Insomnia is caused by many things, one of them being lower melatonin levels. Since melatonin is the #1 produced antioxidant in the human body, it won’t hurt to try using melatonin to treat it. There is only one way to see if it will help. You start at a low dose, 1-2 mg, taking it one hour before bedtime. Each night double your dose. If you are deficient in melatonin, there will be a dose that allows you to fall asleep and stay asleep. The highest dose I’ve had to prescribe for an adult is 90 mg and for a child 20 mg. The lowest dose I’ve seen an adult need is 3 mg and a child 1 mg. If you experience a “hangover” in the morning, stay at the same dose for a few days and it should cease. If it does not, drop your dose back slowly. If you choose to use melatonin for sleep or any other condition, do it under the supervision of a physician.

melatonian_levelsIt has been speculated that melatonin taken too early in life interferes with normal hormonal maturation by interfering with gonadotropin releasing hormones. Although both melatonin and gonatropin releasing hormones are secreted by the pineal gland, there have been no proven studies showing melatonin to be a correlator. Children with pineal gland tumors reach sexual maturity sooner due to the over secretion of gonadotropin releasing hormone. In fact, children often have a melatonin deficiency demonstrated by insomnia or restless sleep responding to melatonin supplementation and go through melatonin normally. There are certain conditions in children that require higher dosages of melatonin, specifically focus challenges and autism.

Some people are more sensitive to melatonin than others. Sensitive patients will notice more vivid dreaming which is due to deeper states of REM sleep. This is a beneficial effect especially if one learns to use dream therapy, however, it is well known that the deeper, longer and more frequent REM states one attains during sleep, the more benefits one receives from sleep. Some people wake with a headache in the morning. Just like the potential “hangover” effect, it clears within a few days or you drop the dosage back.

It is a general rule that pregnant and nursing mothers stay clear from melatonin. I have a differing opinion. The body naturally makes melatonin and less as we age. Replacing naturally lost stores can only benefit us if we want to sleep well, support our immune system and preserve memory. Often times, when children are born to older women, the baby becomes deficient due to the mom’s deficiency. I can speak of this first hand as it happened to me, and as a result both my youngest son and I take melatonin every single night.

There are some small studies suggesting that melatonin interferes with antidepressant medications, rendering them less effective. This might be due to the fact that melatonin works as an antioxidant and clears the medication from the system more efficiently. This being true, it makes sense and has been observed clinically that using precursors to serotonin production like tryptophan along with melatonin can work as well as reuptake inhibitors. This is a situation you would want to consult with your doctor about before attempting on your own. The other medication that may be affected by taking melatonin is Coumadin. Patients often need less Coumadin to get required blood levels. Keep your melatonin dose constant if on Coumadin.

In summary, recent research is bringing to the forefront more and more benefits of melatonin. Like all other hormones that the body manufactures, it declines with age. The aging process, as we all observe, is one of slow deterioration. By replacing lost hormones, cellular metabolism is enhanced. Melatonin replacement can be supportive in preventing insomnia, immune disorders and memory challenges. I believe that in the near future we will learn more about this powerful hormone.


dr_ramsey_4_15-13_cropDr. Theresa Ramsey is a practicing physician, speaker, lifestyle expert, author of the best selling book, Healing 101: A Guide to Creating the Foundation for Complete Wellness, and a weekly guest expert on Arizona’s top morning show, Your Life A to Z. Dr. Ramsey has been nominated Phoenix Magazine’s Top Doc for two years in a row and recently selected as an eHow.com health expert, as well as the 2012 Natural Choice Award winning Naturopathic Physician. As a nationally recognized speaker, she elegantly bridges the gap between Allopathic and Naturopathic medicine educating patients & physicians on the language of wellness and root causes to illness & dis-ease.

dr_ramsey_4_15-13_cropDr. Theresa Ramsey is a practicing physician, speaker, lifestyle expert, author of the best selling book, Healing 101: A Guide to Creating the Foundation for Complete Wellness & a weekly guest expert on Arizona's top morning television show, Your Life A to Z, as their Medical Expert since 2007. Dr. Ramsey has been voted as one of Phoenix Magazine's Top Docs by her peers and selected as an eHow.com health expert. Further, Dr. Ramsey has been voted by the public as the Natural Choice Awards winning Women's Health Specialist for four consecutive years, 2012 – 2015. She elegantly bridges the gap between Allopathic & Naturopathic medicine. Dr. Ramsey is a nationally recognized speaker educating patients & physicians on the language of wellness and root causes to illness & dis-ease. Her focus in her clinical practice is in Lifestyle and Preventive Aging with Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. Call for your appointment today: 888.970.0077.


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38 Responses to Melatonin Dosing and Uses

  1. gretchen koch November 6, 2012 at 11:23 am #

    Thanks for your excellent information about Melatonin. Can I take it with lorazepam, lunesta and lexapro which I take at night for sleep due to loud Tinnitus, sometimes not always. Would like to get off the drugs and use only Melatonin. Is this possible? Thank you

    • Dr. Ramsey January 13, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

      It is possible. You can start melatonin while on Lexapro. Wean up on melatonin – give it time and then wean down on lexapro under a physician’s guidance.

      ~ Dr. Ramsey

  2. Sherrie Palm December 31, 2012 at 4:46 am #

    Any insights into how to utilize melatonin to balance pineal cyst insomnia? 24 year old son has been dealing with this for yours, trying to find a way to help him find balance to live a functional life. He’s tried every natural thing on the market including melatonin (stopped because of hangover). Is it of any benefit to take it in smaller doses during the day along with dose at night? Appreciate any guidance you can share! Printing off your article to read more completely and share with son.

    Sherrie Palm

    • Dr. Ramsey January 13, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

      I don’t know the dose to treat pineal cyst, but it makes sense that a high enough dose might. He cannot take too much – unless “hung over”. Sometimes people who feel hungover in the am like your son need to give it 3-4 days to adjust to it. Also he can take it earlier in the evening so it is out of his system earlier. Taking in the daytime will go against his circadian rhythm. I only recommend its use at night when natural secretion occurs.

      ~ Dr. Ramsey

  3. Sherry Weers October 23, 2013 at 2:42 am #

    Can I take melatonin if I take coumadin? I take it because I have lupus Anticoagulant factor. I need to know if it will cause me to clot or just increase or make my INR higher.

  4. dranmela December 13, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    This is a great article, thanks for putting it together.
    Though, I must say I keep reading articles recommending that people take nutrients under the ‘supervision of a physician’ which really doesn’t make any sense when you think about it.
    What medical schools teach physicians about melatonin? How is someone supposed to take nutrients under the supervision of physician unless they are lucky enough to live in a town with an orthomolecular physician? +99% of physicians are only educated and informed about the value of pharmaceutical drugs not nutrients. Therefore they practice medicine and prescribe medicine and know little to nothing about nutrition. For the vast majority of us it would be impossible to take melatonin under the ‘supervision of a physician’ because it is outside of their education, training and knowledge.

    • Dr. Ramsey January 2, 2014 at 8:50 pm #

      Naturopathic Medical Schools teach Functional Medicine – assisting the body’s function to improve outcomes. An NMD (Naturopathic Medical Doctor) can work closely with you on these issues. My responsibility is to educate, not treat, through social media. I do however dose and monitor vitamins and hormones like melatonin for patients.
      ~ Dr. Ramsey

  5. Git Arnryd December 22, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    I have a question for Dr Ramsey. As I live in Sweden, the only melatonin that is allowed is Circadin. It helps my sleep, but it does not get me to fall asleep. My doctor says that I should not use a higher dose than 2 mg.

    I have bought liquid melatonin anyway. Is liquid melatonin better than tablets and can I Increase the dose of both the liquid melatonin as well as the Circadin?

    sincerely
    Mrs Git Arnryd
    Sweden

    • Dr. Ramsey December 30, 2013 at 7:17 pm #

      There is no max dose to melatonin. The highest I’ve prescribed is 90 mg for a condition that would respond to nothing else. The liquid dissolved under tongue will work more quickly as it is directly in the blood. The swallow caps take at least an hour, if not more to absorb. So, dose higher and take earlier.

      ~ Dr. Ramsey

  6. Jan February 1, 2014 at 12:11 am #

    Hi dr ramsey! I am a 35 year old female.My sleep interruption began last dec 2013. I had one episode of a sleepless night followed by anxious feelings abt getting a good night’s sleep every night. I developed insomnia because of this. On nights when i toss and turn, i also urinate frequently (5-7 times) and feel agitated. I sometimes attribute this to melatonin. I take between 3-9 mg along with LTheanine, 5htp, and GABA. I just experimented on these remedies because im desperate to sleep well again. I have good nights (6-7 hrs with only one bathroom break) but most nights are challenging. Can i really take high doses of melatonin? Will it cause palpitation or anxiety? Im really worried abt my current sleep patterns. I used to sleep really well and deep.

    • Dr. Ramsey February 3, 2014 at 4:54 pm #

      This sounds classic for progesterone deficiency. This is the first hormone women lose. It is a nervous system tonic and a great sleep aid which is natural. Progesterone is never risky and protects our breasts more than anything we have available to use. It is my favorite hormone of all time to give women and it’s never let me down when it comes to sleep. Melatonin is absolutely fine to use at high doses as well and actually helps decrease nocturia (waking at night to urinate).

      ~ Dr. Ramsey

  7. Patty April 4, 2015 at 10:51 pm #

    Hi Dr. Ramsey, My fiancé thinks he has the start of alzheimers and is taking 12mg of Coumadin a day. Is melatonin safe for him to use, and if so, how much of a dosage should he take and do you have any idea how long before he would notice a difference? Thank you, Patty

    • Theresa April 6, 2015 at 7:13 pm #

      Your fiance should have a neurology consult asap as the sooner it is diagnosed and treated the better the outcome. Melatonin is a very safe hormone.
      ~ Dr. Ramsey

  8. Jellie May 23, 2015 at 8:01 pm #

    This is the first time I have read of doubling the dose until you hit a dose that causes sleep. I have had chronic insomnia for two years. Am currently working with a natural internist who prescribed oral progesterone, but still no sleep has come. I took 12 mg melatonin the other night and slept 6 hours- the longest stretch of time I have slept in years. She told me they was way too much and to cut down to 5mg. I have. I have not slept a wink since. Can I go back to 12mg without worry? I was very groggy the next day too…

    • Theresa June 1, 2015 at 7:19 pm #

      Since I am not your doctor I cannot prescribe to you. There is no risk with taking high doses of either progesterone or melatonin though.
      ~ Dr. Ramsey

  9. Elieni July 9, 2015 at 5:45 pm #

    Hi Dr. Ramsey! I’m from Brasil and Melatonin is not allowed here, so I need to import it. I’m trying to get pregnant and I suffer of severe insomnia since I was a child. Only melatonin could help me and a small dose, 1 mg, is enough to me. Is it safe I take melatonin in the begining of pregnancy? Thank you very much!

    • Theresa July 9, 2015 at 11:18 pm #

      Yes. All the way through. It is identical to what you make so there is no harm. Can you get from a pharmacy like a compounding pharmacy that makes hormones? It is a hormone and must be micronized to work.
      ~ Dr. Ramsey

  10. Aaron M August 28, 2015 at 11:24 pm #

    Hey Dr Ramsey I was wondering I was taking 3mg of melatonin at night it didnt do much i talked to my family doctor she said take 10mg but thats the absolute highest but then my specialist said never take more than 5mg. I sleep like a rock on 10 and wake up so refreshed but I always have a headache and major drowsiness in the afternoon. Do you have any advice on whats going on and what I should d

    • Theresa August 31, 2015 at 11:22 pm #

      If you are 40 or older your other hormones might be changing. The bioidentical hormone that promotes restorative sleep is Progesterone. Melatonin can work wonders if everything else is also balanced.

      ~ Dr. Ramsey

  11. Wanda November 17, 2015 at 8:15 pm #

    Dr. Ramsey, I can across this site while looking for answers for meds to take for sleep and anxiety. I have not been able to sleep well for years . Had ovarian cancer at age 44 with complete hysterectomy. Spun into instant menopause which almost killed me. Anxiety was a nightmare. Thought I would die. Then came chemo treatment, just as bad. In 2001 was diagnosed with low grade breast cancer, fiollowed by 33 treatments of radiation.
    Had gallbladder removed in 98. Have been so sick ever since. Nausea, stomach cramps.
    Have been to Drs. Everywhere, even to mayo clinic. Dr there ordered another cat scan and sent me nome. Have burning, sometimes itching internally in abdomin. Now dr. Thinks I have bile gastritus. Also have tested positive for shingles. Have never had a rash. I have learned you can have shingles internally. The stomach pain keeps me awake at night. I have been taking 1 mg lorazapam at night which works wondweful for me. I have a cabinet of different meds. I have been prescribed antidepressants, but haven’t taken long enough to see how they might work. At this time I feel I am going to have to take something for maintenance to have some quality of life. I am in so much pain. I have never been a pill taker, but I know sometimes it is necessary. In your opinion what is the best meds to take for pain and sleep, with least side effects. Can’t take most pain meds because of stomach issues. Since I have had cancer, is it safe to use progesterone cream?

    Can have shingles

    • Theresa November 18, 2015 at 4:08 am #

      I’m sorry for your suffering. After ovarian cancer it is legal and safe and necessary to take hormones as it is impossible to heal without them. They are the batteries to our cells. We become very vulnerable without them. The cream of progesterone won’t do anything. It doesn’t raise blood values at all. Oral progesterone, estradiol, testosteorne, DHEA and thyroid should be considered seriously. Then you won’t need pain/sleep meds.
      ~ Dr. Ramsey

  12. Jami Warfel March 30, 2016 at 11:47 pm #

    I have been having menopausal sleep issues for almost 8 years, my doctor now has me on lorazepam 1 mg tablet to take at bedtime, i take it 4 hrs before “bedtime” and i am still wide awake 6 hrs later, I just bought melatonin 10 mgs and am wanting to know if i can use them together. The lack of being able to fall asleep is taking its’ toll on me.

    • Theresa March 31, 2016 at 8:21 pm #

      It is very common for women to develop insomnia with menopause. The cause is lack of hormones. Replacing hormones helps the body relax naturally and sleep without medications. Ask your doctor about this as menopause is a deficiency state.
      ~ Dr. Ramsey

  13. Kellie August 1, 2016 at 1:59 pm #

    Hello!

    This is such interesting info on taking higher doses of melatonin.

    I am currently weaning off of Lunesta after using it for several months (I hope to be completely off in another week or so).

    Last night, I took 20mg fast-dissolve melatonin 2 hours before bedtime and almost fell asleep without the 1.5 mg Lunesta. I slept 5 hours.

    So, you mentioned “doubling” the dose until sleep is good. Does that mean until you fall asleep and stay asleep?

    Would you recommend taking 40mg tonight and until I am completely off the sleep med?

    (My doctor sees no problem with continuing Lunesta indefinately. I am having to do the weaning on my own because I know it’s not good for me longterm.)

    Is there ever a chance of melatonin being stimulating at a higher dose?

    Thank you!

    • Theresa August 8, 2016 at 5:10 pm #

      I have not seen melatonin to be stimulating at higher dosages. Doubling would mean going to 40 mg for you. Make sure you have 8 hours before getting up to take that much as it will make you groggy in the morning. Great job!!
      ~ Dr. Ramsey

  14. Selena August 13, 2016 at 8:27 pm #

    Hi Dr. Ramsey,

    I’m a 35 year-old female who has struggled with PCOS and irregular cycles since I was a teenager. I’ve recently started BHRT and the doctor I’m working with uses a testosterone pellet implant as the first line of therapy. It wasn’t a positive experience for me. I started spotting and had terrible mood fluctuations, breast tenderness, and bloating. The doctor theorized that I converted the testosterone into estrogen resulting in the unpleasant side effects. I was put on 200 mg of bio-identical progesterone (my initial level was that of a post-menopausal woman) and 1 grain of thyroid (the clinic uses a compounding pharmacy). The symptoms didn’t subside and I’ve gradually moved up to 800 mg of progesterone and they are adding 50 mg of melatonin (I’ve had sleep issues my entire life and the progesterone at night did not help).

    They want me to get another testosterone implant and possibly use an estrogen blocker this time. I do not like synthetic medicine and I am hesitant to do that. What are your thoughts on testosterone for women? And is 800 mg of progesterone a safe dose? Thanks!

    • Theresa August 16, 2016 at 1:25 am #

      I like testosterone pellets for women, not necessarily PCOS women unless the PCOS is also being treated (insulin resistance). There is no cap to progesterone from my perspective at all, especially for pcos. However, blocking estrogen in women is a crime and induces memory loss, bone loss and heart inflammation. Please don’t do that part of their therapy. We all convert testosterone into estrogen, that isn’t unusual. You may need a lower dose of testosterone – however please treat the pcos. Thank you for writing. This is such an important topic.
      ~ Dr. Ramsey

      • Selena August 16, 2016 at 2:31 am #

        Thank you so much Dr. Ramsey. I did not have a good feeling about an estrogen blocker and you have convinced me not to do it. How would you suggest treating the insulin resistance? Are you referring to a medication like metformin? Or is there another treatment I can research? (I’ve been on metformin before and I don’t react well to it, plus as I stated in my initial post I’m hesitant to use medication unless absolutely necessary). Thanks in advance!

        • Theresa August 29, 2016 at 5:36 pm #

          Metformin doesn’t work if we don’t avoid gluten (and if we are to have gluten to skip the dose), take B12 and D3 everyday. There is a vitamin called Insimax that we carry that is taken twice daily (sustained release alpha lipoic acid) that helps clear the receptors. Exercising daily is also essential as well as sleeping 8 hours uninterrupted each evening.
          ~ Dr. Ramsey

  15. Laura Lang-Ree October 27, 2016 at 4:20 pm #

    Hello! I have felt that I am melatonin deficient for some time as it run in my family. Additionally I’m 51 and very much in peri menopause. I am also MTHFR positive.

    Last week I finished performing under very bright lights at night. My sleep has been off ever since I began the late night rehearsals, very wonky after the bright lights. It takes me a long time to fall asleep and sometimes stay asleep. Prior to this I was sleeping without any assistance fairy well and deeply, but I have had many bought like this before over the last 5 years.

    My doctor told me to try 20 mg and I went with 15 mg one night and then 10, both of which worked fairly well. I stopped after those two doses thinking I would be fine, but after two normal nights, the same cycle started again.

    I found your article and started at 6 mg and slept pretty well the first night, but very little the second night on 6mg. Afternoon and night time anxiety is big time right now (period week)

    I take Chaste Tree for progesterone support and progon B drop (10-15) but that’s it.

    In reading the above comments, I’m curious if I’m a candidate for progesterone creme at night or simply more progon b. Would both be acceptable and if so how much do you recommend?

    I need direction now! (I have an appointment with you end of November!) I’m exhausted and need a professional to give me a plan. Your article was the most practical and thoughtful that I’ve read. Thoughts?

    • Theresa October 27, 2016 at 7:45 pm #

      It is very safe to take whatever dose of melatonin works best for you every single night. I didn’t think you could get Progon B anymore!! I thought Bezwecken stopped making it! So increase, increase – it’s much better than the cream. By the time I see you you should be sleeping well. Thank you for writing.
      ~ Dr. Ramsey

  16. Rene January 30, 2017 at 3:13 pm #

    Hello!
    I am think of incorporating tryptophan with my melatonin. 20 mg melatonin worked to help me fall asleep for awhile, but now it doesn’t.

    Do you think I should double the dose, and is there any harm in adding tryptophan to the melatonin for additional sleep support. (I also use progesterone cream which used to help with my sleep, but I don’t notice that it helps anymore..not sure why.)

    • Theresa January 31, 2017 at 3:03 am #

      It is safe to take tryptophan or 5HTP with Melatonin. They work different pathways and both natural to the body. Oral progesterone (pill) works so much better than creams for sleep and give you much more breast protection at the same time.
      ~ Dr. Ramsey

  17. Mom April 9, 2017 at 5:43 am #

    If a toddler with growth hormone deficiency has a 6 mm pineal cyst will taking melatonin before bed help the child to grow? The child is two and a half. If so how much, how long?
    Thanks

    • Theresa April 12, 2017 at 4:33 pm #

      Thank you for your question. Due to the complexity and nature of this; please consult your neurologist.

  18. Jennifer July 7, 2017 at 2:08 am #

    Hi Dr. Ramsey!!!

    Just came across this article but I have read lots regarding Melatonin over the years. Here’s my story..
    At the age of 28 and younger… I slept like a baby every night! Only regular meds I took was for allergies (terrible allergies began at 18.. two sinus surgeries and tonsils removed). At the age of 28 I became pregnant! Yay me! My hubby and I were thrilled as it was unsure if he could father a child due to being born so premature and not e pected to live, in diabetic coma at age of 2… no one knew. Fast forward to 30! Looking forward to the birth of our baby boy! My husband now no longer a diabetic due to simultaneous kidney/pancreas transplant! Perfect with the help of surgery and lifetime meds! So excited!!! 9 months pregnant, going to hospital to be induced and hubby throwing up in hospital room bathroom. My doc says Jacob (baby) is fine, you’re fine, just uncomfortable as Jacob is now driving the car through my belly. Sent me home, hubby called his doc, he said meet him at hospital for overnight observation. Long story short.. hubby left next day, something not right, stopped at PCP office, hubby weak, can’t walk, sent him home to sleep it off do he’ll be “good as new for the birth of your baby tomorrow!!” Hubby stops breathing around 10pm. Rushed to hospital never recovering, alive by artificial means for five days before declared brain dead and time of death called. Said my goodbyes, went to make funeral plans, parents house to sleep (Monday night), up early to be induced, needed emergency c-section, released from hospital on Thursday so Mom and baby can attend first outing… Daddy’s funeral. My life went into a tail-spin over and over! Went from ONLY taking allergy meds to massive depression and 2-3 meds for that, Generalized Anxiety disorder, 2 more meds, post traumatic stress disorder .+ post partum depression, insomnia (people are WRONG! You will NOT eventually pass out from lack of sleep. I didn’t sleep for over two weeks straight!!). Had to stop breastfeeding at 2 weeks old as needed massive meds… eventually worked my way to Seroquil for sleep (I think that’s it… the anti psychotic with a side affect of sleep) and on a LOT of meds, when I was only taking one. Also diagnosed with ADHD, more meds. Can’t focus worth crap and only .5 pill away from max dosage. Needs meds to sleep and mess to wake up. Had gastric bypass along the way, lots of vitamins and such to add. The car accident nearly 2 years ago, add in pain meds and nerve damage meds, gabapentin. Pain meds don’t work. Hurt all day every day. Take birth control pills for no damn reason other than no period except every 3 months. No man in life for 16 years since hubby died. Can you say dried up cobwebs?!?! Lol. Always wanted more babies. Now just turned 46. I weaned myself off Seroquel. Doctor yelled at me. Said I could have killed myself. Don’t do that with anti-depressants. So he warned me off. Still have some but taken for the extreme anxiety. Promised to not wean myself off Xanax alone. Been taking Melatonin quick dissolve since ditching Seroquel, 7 or 8 years now. I try to stop but then no sleep. Take 5mg quick dissolve. If that works… works within 10-15 minutes. Extreme stress at job currently, toxic situation, not sleeping well at all. About 2-3 hours of tossing and turning them up. Doubled Melatonin dose last night to 10mg. Thinking I might try 15mg tonight. Anything else you can think of that can work as I’m so damn tired of taking meds! My son wants me off all, says he thinks I’m more moody now, doctor said probably true! Taking meds to counteract other meds. Stinking damn thyroid doesn’t work worth crap. On meds, level 2 points higher than should be for TSH, redraw in 6 weeks. Suggestions on if anything non addicting and more natural might help any and/or ALL of my issues?? I’d go see you but I’m in Texas. And honestly… the thought of no Xanax and other anti anxiety meds and pain meds scares the crap out of me!!! Help?!?!

    • Theresa July 12, 2017 at 4:39 pm #

      All the things you talk about are treatable. Your note suggests that an appointment would be very helpful to you.
      There are 2 nutrients you may or may not have tried – tryptophan and L theanine. Both amino acids, both relaxing and both can be taken at night.

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