Melatonin (By mouth)

Introduction

Melatonin (mel-a-TOE-nin)

Treats sleeplessness.

Brand Name(s)

Rite Aid Melatonin, PharmAssure Melatonin, Nature's Blend Melatonin, Meladox Natural Sleep Aid

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to melatonin.

How to Use This Medicine

Capsule, Long Acting Capsule, Liquid, Tablet, Long Acting Tablet

  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • If you are using this medicine without a prescription, follow the instructions on the medicine label.
  • Take your dose 20 minutes before your bedtime. You may take this medicine with or without food.
  • The liquid may be taken directly or combined with water or juice.

If a dose is missed:

  • If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, call your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine

  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.
  • Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using any tranquilizer medicines, or if you are also using any sedative medicines.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding, or if you have an autoimmune condition. Make sure your doctor knows if you are feeling sad or depressed.
  • This medicine may make you drowsy. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that might be dangerous if you are not alert.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Feeling sluggish or tired in the morning.
  • Headache.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Version Info

  • Last Reviewed on 06/12/2013

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This page was last updated: June 18, 2013

         
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