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Melatonin

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Melatonin is an effective prescription medication that can alleviate jet lag symptoms and help you to adjust to new times zones. To be completely effective, this treatment should be taken around your bedtime, after arrival at your destination. It is available in two dosages (2mg prolonged-release & 3mg immediate-release). Long-term use is not recommended.

Melatonin is under review by our doctors and orders have been currently stopped. For more information on alternative treatments to jet lag, please visit our jet lag information page, or for further advice on travel health please head to our dedicated travel health page.
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How to buy Melatonin online

To purchase this treatment online, you will need to complete a free consultation with our doctors. After they review your medical information, they will issue a prescription if they feel that it's safe for you to use Melatonin. Our pharmacy will then dispense and ship your medication via free delivery. It should be noted that this treatment is currently off-label.

What are the benefits?

Unlike techniques tried either before or during flying, melatonin-based medication is taken upon arrival at your destination and has proven to be far more effective in helping with insomnia or difficulty sleeping.

Short facts about Melatonin
How to take

Take either the 2mg prolonged-release, or the 3mg immediate-release tablets just before sleeping when arriving in a new time zone.

How it works

Melatonin helps you to adjust to the change in light stimulus across different time zones.

Effectiveness

This treatment can be taken upon arrival and can help with sleeping difficulties.

Dosages

Melatonin is available in 2 mg prolonged-release tablets and 3mg immediate-release tablets.

Side effects

Side effects are not very common, but may include nausea, headaches and irritability.

How does it work?

Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone that is produced by the pineal gland. It helps regulate sleep alongside natural light stimuli. When individuals suffer from jet lag, it's because the levels of melatonin have been unable to adjust to the change in light stimulus after arriving in a new time zone. As a result, sufferers of jet lag find sleeping difficult or are tired during the day until their bodies adjust.

By synthetically increasing the amount of melatonin in the body, the symptoms of jet lag can be alleviated.

Who can use Melatonin?

Generally, everyone over the age of 18 should be able to use this treatment safely. However, you should always consult with your doctor first before using any medication, as they will be able to advise of any interactions that may occur due to underlying conditions.

How do you take it?

Melatonin should only ever be taken as prescribed by a doctor, but for the purposes of jet lag treatment individuals should take one (increasing to a maximum of two) 3mg immediate-release tablet before sleeping when in a new time zone. This is to be taken consecutively in the evenings until any sleeping difficulties disappear. There is also a 2mg dosage available. However, it should be noted that this is currently an off-label treatment.

Are there any side effects?

There are very few side effects of Melatonin when taken in low dosages and used as a short-term remedy. However, as with all prescription medication, side effects are a possibility, although these should be mild if experienced at all. You should nevertheless consult your doctor immediately should any persist.

Common side effects include headache, nausea, grogginess or irritability.

Treatment Information

Treatment Information
Product Name: Melatonin
Active Ingredient(s): Melatonin
Manufacturer: Colonis Pharma Ltd
Administration: Oral
Presentation: Tablets
Available Dosage: 3 mg & 2 mg (off-label)
Exemption: Subject to medical prescription
Application: Men and women over 55 with trouble sleeping
Posology: Take 1-2 tablets before sleep when at your new destination
Description: Melatonin is a treatment used to alleviate the symptoms of jet lag
Drug class: Melatonin receptor agonists
Alcohol consumption: Not recommended, ask your doctor for alternatives
When breastfeeding: Not recommended, ask your doctor for alternatives
When pregnant: Not recommended, ask your doctor for alternatives
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