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General Information on Melatonin

Generic Name : Melatonin

Pronunciation : mel-uh-TONE-in

Latest prescription information about Melatonin. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
Therapeutic Classification : Central Nervous System Agents

Trade Names/Brand Names of Melatonin

India : 

International : 

Melatonin Time Release, Vespro Melatonin, Health Aid Melatonin, Sgard

Why is Melatonin Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a light-sensitive hormone, prescribed for management of jet lag and other sleep disorders. It can also be used in the treatment of cluster headaches.  

When should Melatonin not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with poor immunity, who are taking immunosuppressants, hypersensitivity, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category N :

Not yet classified.

What is the dosage of Melatonin?

PO- The recommended dose is 3-5 mg given at bedtime.

How should Melatonin be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, at bedtime.

What are the warnings and precautions for Melatonin?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of kidney problems, depression or history of seizures, any allergy, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may cause drowsiness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
Avoid alcohol consumption.

What are the side effects of Melatonin?

Drowsiness, change in sleep pattern and headache.

What are the other precautions for Melatonin?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions of Melatonin?

Store it at room temperature (25C).

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rasik g. mokasana 

My baby age-3 is suffering from epilepsy, tuberous sclerosis & autism. She has now sleep problem and awakes early morning. take meloset?

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