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I'm new and I have a question. I take 1 mg Klonopin and 20 mgs Flexeril at night--which I want to taper from. But I'm tapering off Effexor right now. Is it safe to take a minimum amount of Melatonin and try reducing the Flexeril while tapering off Effexor? Thanks!!

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Newbeginning

Melatonin seems to have caused dependence in me. Took it 2 months for 3mg (I now know this might have been too much). It stopped me from waking at night and I had no side effects, so I had no reason to think the dose was high.

 

However, I have 2 serious concerns now:

 

1-As soon as I stopped it, I got severe drowsiness. It lasted 2 days until I reinstated. Got better once I reinstated it. This clearly suggests dependence. Should I taper it???

 

2-There is evidence that Melatonin can decrease Dopamine. I have severe disabling anhedonia, and low Dopamine is the last thing I need. 

 

" Inhibition of dopamine release by melatonin has been demonstrated in specific areas of the mammalian central nervous system (hypothalamus, hippocampus, medulla-pons, and retina). Antidopaminergic activities of melatonin have been demonstrated in the striatum. Dopaminergic transmission has a pivotal role in circadian entrainment of the fetus, in coordination of body movement and reproduction. Recent findings indicate that melatonin may modulate dopaminergic pathways involved in movement disorders in humans."  Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12043836

 

While this inhibition may be normal in a brain with no issues, it has the potential of causing issues in brains already suffering from symptoms of low Dopamine, especially if we supplement Melatonin levels above what is already available in the brain.

 

Thoughts? 

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scallywag
11 hours ago, Newbeginning said:

Melatonin seems to have caused dependence in me. Took it 2 months for 3mg (I now know this might have been too much). ..

1-As soon as I stopped it, I got severe drowsiness. It lasted 2 days until I reinstated. Got better once I reinstated it. This clearly suggests dependence. Should I taper it???

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Newbeginning - Sure, it's almost always better to taper off psychoactive substances than discontinue from a regular dose to 0 in a single large decrease. Can you get 1 mg (or less) tablets or capsules?

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Goldegg18

To all of you struggling with insomnia, here is a product I recently discovered. It's been magical for me! It's Liposomal Melatonin by Quicksilver. here is the link: 

https://www.quicksilverscientific.com/resource-center/the-blog/quicksilver-scientific-launches-liposomal-melatonin-a-natural-sleep-aid

 

I have been taking melatonin for years and up to 10-20 mg sometimes. And, when I started tapering off wellbutrin, the conventional melatonin you buy at the stores just didn't work anymore. So, a friend recommend liposomal melatonin. It puts me to sleep almost immediately. I take 4 pumps (4 mg) and typically sleep through the night, at least 7 hours. Liposomal melatonin absorbs faster and is also detoxes the brain while you sleep. You can read more about it on the site.

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NobodySpecial

I'm going to buy some, liposomal anything is awesome.

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Altostrata

Sublingual melatonin can also be very effective.

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JanCarol

My doctor wants me to try liquid melatonin drops.  I was reading on Consumer Labs yesterday, and they talked about combination pills - some immediate release, some time release.  It seemed to come in the big 5 mg tablets, though - which is too much for most of us.  There was a 0.3 mg version, but it didn't "extend" as long as the other.  The 5 mg offered almost 8 hours of sleep, while the 0.3 mg offered 6 hours.  For us - 6 hours might be a heavenly option.

 

They claim that the "regular release" melatonin does not seem to cause "hungover" symptoms the next day, but it did for me.

 

In other news, 3 mg of melatonin, in a study in China, caused dizziness and balance problems, especially one hour after taking.  This would not be a good thing for someone with these symptoms to trial.

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dj2010
1 hour ago, JanCarol said:

My doctor wants me to try liquid melatonin drops.  I was reading on Consumer Labs yesterday, and they talked about combination pills - some immediate release, some time release.  It seemed to come in the big 5 mg tablets, though - which is too much for most of us.  There was a 0.3 mg version, but it didn't "extend" as long as the other.  The 5 mg offered almost 8 hours of sleep, while the 0.3 mg offered 6 hours.  For us - 6 hours might be a heavenly option.

 

They claim that the "regular release" melatonin does not seem to cause "hungover" symptoms the next day, but it did for me.

 

In other news, 3 mg of melatonin, in a study in China, caused dizziness and balance problems, especially one hour after taking.  This would not be a good thing for someone with these symptoms to trial.

 

not tried melatonin liquid drops yet but tried many brands of different tablets and at different strengths, the most effective for me are these 0.3mg slow release, they almost never fail me and never cause me to feel hungover the next day:

 

https://uk.iherb.com/pr/Life-Extension-Melatonin-6-Hour-Timed-Release-300-mcg-100-Veggie-Tabs/47832

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Songbird

Please be careful if you are taking melatonin products to check the label for the ingredients.  A member here was using a melatonin product that turned out to contain many ingredients, including tryptophan and 5HTP (which are not safe to take with ADs).  It's best if your melatonin product contains only melatonin - no other active ingredients.

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dj2010
14 minutes ago, Songbird said:

Please be careful if you are taking melatonin products to check the label for the ingredients.  A member here was using a melatonin product that turned out to contain many ingredients, including tryptophan and 5HTP (which are not safe to take with ADs).  It's best if your melatonin product contains only melatonin - no other active ingredients.

 

yeh I was using the one in the below link for a long time, it worked great at first but then I found it working sometimes and other times found it extremely activating, after many months I noticed it contained 10mg Vitamin B6, my own fault for not properly reading the label:

 

https://uk.iherb.com/pr/Natrol-Melatonin-Time-Release-1-mg-90-Tablets/41639

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Newbeginning
On 2/13/2018 at 9:51 AM, scallywag said:

Newbeginning - Sure, it's almost always better to taper off psychoactive substances than discontinue from a regular dose to 0 in a single large decrease. Can you get 1 mg (or less) tablets or capsules?

 

I just saw your comment Scally. I did try decreasing more gradually and it gave me severe insomnia. So I reinstated after a few days, but the insomnia persisted. It's been 4 months and my sleep is not back to normal.

 

I never had severe issues with sleep before trying Melatonin. Not even in withdrawal from antidepressants. I realize the dose I took was high, but I never expected it to ruin my sleep like that. 

 

On top of that, I can't stop it. I tolerated a 20% decrease using liquid drops, but a month later I could not tolerate another drop.because it caused insomnia and anxiety. Even 10% did. Have not tried another drop for 2 months, but will try again soon. 

 

Please be careful with Melatonin, especially in doses above 1mg. I realize the high dose was a big part of it, but I never thought it could cause si much damage. 

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JanCarol

New information in from Consumer Labs, citing a small study:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20226733  

 

3 mg melatonin increased symptoms of restless legs.  Since "restless legs disorder" seems to be most often a drug induced effect (antidepressants and stuff like Lyrica), I would put it under the "akathisia" umbrella.

 

If you are having "restless legs" or suffering akathisia, then melatonin is probably not for you.

 

NewBeginning, you may have to go through some periods of insomnia in order to get off the melatonin and regulate.  Most of us have, at some point, gone through an insomnia phase before sleep regulates to something more workable.

 

ALSO this Consumer Labs article issued a firm warning:  melatonin is not to be taken with benzos or Z-drugs.  It's not a "toxic" interaction, but it's like trying to put out a fire with kerosene.

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freespirit123

I don’t know what to do! I’m off of all meds & my only issue is sleep! It’s like I’ve created this terrible bad habit of a thought and don’t know how to fix it! I NEVER had a problem with sleep until 3 yrs ago. I’ve tried everything under the sun and now my new choice of self medicating for sleep is wine. I’ve been getting drunk literally every night for the past 10 months and now I worry about my damn liver!!!! 

 

Ill g by this melatonin and will take about 8pm but what if it wears off by the time I go to bed at like 11? 

 

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dj2010
1 hour ago, freespirit123 said:

I don’t know what to do! I’m off of all meds & my only issue is sleep! It’s like I’ve created this terrible bad habit of a thought and don’t know how to fix it! I NEVER had a problem with sleep until 3 yrs ago. I’ve tried everything under the sun and now my new choice of self medicating for sleep is wine. I’ve been getting drunk literally every night for the past 10 months and now I worry about my damn liver!!!! 

 

Ill g by this melatonin and will take about 8pm but what if it wears off by the time I go to bed at like 11? 

 

 

sorry to hear you are having sleep issues, I am having these also, if you go to bed at 11 then you need to take the melatonin at around 10pm, when my sleep is bad I find slow release melatonin the best, regular melatonin gets me to sleep but doesn't keep me asleep, see below a couple of types of melatonin I find best for me:

 

 https://uk.iherb.com/pr/Life-Extension-Melatonin-6-Hour-Timed-Release-300-mcg-100-Veggie-Tabs/47832

 

https://uk.iherb.com/pr/Life-Extension-Melatonin-IR-XR-60-Capsules/83555

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Newbeginning

Could anyone advice me how to taper melatonin? I'm at 25 drops, which is a little over 3mg (24 drops is 3mg).

 

I was at 30 drops and decreased 5 drops in 27 days. Didn't do it all at once. I did 1 drop every 4 to 7 days.

 

2 weeks ago started having waves of daytime drowsiness that I didn't think were related to the cuts. But 4 days ago I started getting the hangover headaches, muscle tension, worse sleep and stomach upset that seemed more like withdrawal. Sleep has improved as I go down in dose of melatonin. 

 

I have no idea how to taper it anymore. I thought 1 drop (3%) every 4 to 7 days was slow enough, but I'm feeling quite sick last 2 weeks. 

 

Any thoughts on how to do it would be appreciated. Thanks!

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Newbeginning
On 7/15/2018 at 3:32 PM, JanCarol said:

New information in from Consumer Labs, citing a small study:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20226733  

 

3 mg melatonin increased symptoms of restless legs.  Since "restless legs disorder" seems to be most often a drug induced effect (antidepressants and stuff like Lyrica), I would put it under the "akathisia" umbrella.

 

If you are having "restless legs" or suffering akathisia, then melatonin is probably not for you.

 

NewBeginning, you may have to go through some periods of insomnia in order to get off the melatonin and regulate.  Most of us have, at some point, gone through an insomnia phase before sleep regulates to something more workable.

 

ALSO this Consumer Labs article issued a firm warning:  melatonin is not to be taken with benzos or Z-drugs.  It's not a "toxic" interaction, but it's like trying to put out a fire with kerosene.

 

JanCarol, did you mean I should go faster than 3% every 4 to 7 days and just endure the withdrawal? I would be glad to do that if I had the certainty I would not be left in withdrawal for many months, the way I get now with cutting antidepressants even at 10%. 

 

Melatonin messed my sleep for 6 months. It seems it has a strong effect in me now, after being sensitized by antidepressants. 

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Altostrata
On 7/15/2018 at 3:32 PM, JanCarol said:

New information in from Consumer Labs, citing a small study:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20226733  

 

3 mg melatonin increased symptoms of restless legs.  Since "restless legs disorder" seems to be most often a drug induced effect (antidepressants and stuff like Lyrica), I would put it under the "akathisia" umbrella.

 

If you are having "restless legs" or suffering akathisia, then melatonin is probably not for you.

 

NewBeginning, you may have to go through some periods of insomnia in order to get off the melatonin and regulate.  Most of us have, at some point, gone through an insomnia phase before sleep regulates to something more workable.

 

ALSO this Consumer Labs article issued a firm warning:  melatonin is not to be taken with benzos or Z-drugs.  It's not a "toxic" interaction, but it's like trying to put out a fire with kerosene.

 

I don't believe melatonin is all that dangerous, but higher doses are not better and can cause unpleasant reactions.

 

We do know that "restless legs" (another vague diagnosis extensively promoted to sell drugs for it) tend to be worse at night -- but often taking magnesium supplements completely relieves "restless legs," which suggests it's due to a mineral deficiency or electrolyte imbalance (too much sodium vs magnesium).

 

NewBeginnings: Melatonin is fairly easy to taper. I'd taper it by 25% every few days. It could be that you'll find a much lower dose than 3mg to be quite effective, or maybe you don't need it at all anymore.

 

(Get off electronic devices at night, they very much affect your own melatonin production, and taking melatonin doesn't quite compensate. I know this from personal experience!)

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TheWayBack


Altostrata

 

Melatonin can be dangerous. I find it hard to hear you keep defending melatonin. Melatonin is known to cause akathisia and dyskinesia upon withdrawal. This is common knowledge for many neurologists.

 

Medications Associated with the Onset of Tardive Dyskinesia

Presentation on movement disorders that mentions melatonin

Melatonin-induced withdrawal emergent dyskinesia and akathisia [Paper]

 

I myself developed dystonia-like reactions when withdrawing. And my akathisia from Lexapro still hasn't resolved after 13 months. All while using melatonin to sleep everyday. Now tapering, but the dystonic reactions and increasing akathisia with each drop are making it very very difficult. The neurologist want me to stop using the melatonin ASAP because of the well-known D2 blocking activity. After each drop, the akathisia first grows in intensity and afterwards goes to a lower intensity. It messes bigtime with my dopamine receptors.

 

In the facebook group 'Living with akathisia', a good portion of people that stop using melatonin feel some relief from the akathisia.

 

I get insane restless legs episodes while withdrawing from melatonin. This is not a vague diagnosis and magnesium doesn't help at all.

 

But I get it; if you suffer from insane insomnia, I know you want something. If you want something for every day, don't take more than 0.3mg melatonin (this brings your blood levels to the same levels as your normal circadian melatonin, 0.3mg for normal male adults, 0.1mg for older people).

 

Just for the record, citing the link again from JanCarol again: Melatonin and its effects on Restless Legs

 

So I would suggest to stop advocating melatonin, it is not safe for people with a sensitive CNS. Please add some warnings in the intro topic. People need to make informed decisions regarding their med or supplement choices. And need to be aware of possible side effects to look out for.

 

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Newbeginning

Alto, I'm getting withdrawal from 3-5% drops once a week. I agree that I may feel better off of it. My concern is tapering faster and ending up in withdrawal for many months.

 

I know this is very rare with melatonin. When I tried it before withdrawal, I stopped it with no issues. But my body is having a strong reaction to decreasing it now. I have been on it like 7 months now because I have difficulty stopping it.

 

TheWayBack, it's interesting you mentioned Dopamine. I noticed I had a relapse of apathy/anhedonia a month into starting melatonin. I was stable from withdrawal, holding my taper and in the middle of a window. In fact, I tried stopping melatonin the first time because of my concern about its effects on dopamine. I probably have some vulnerability in dopamine regulation, because this side effect of antidepressants (anhedonia) doesn't go away even when I'm off meds (takes a while). Maybe in those of us with dopamine issues who are sensitized by withdrawal, melatonin has a higher likelihood of adverse reactions?

 

May I ask how you're tapering it? I'm trying to semi-function while tapering it. Haven't found a way.

 

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TheWayBack

No special way, to taper ordered 0.1mg pills on the internet. Makes dosing much easier, but tapering over two months from 3mg to 0.4mg still gave me extreme WD, didn't expect that. Took almost two months to get to my baseline again. But the dystonia still wasn't resolved. Dropped again to 0.15mg, again huge increasing dystonia and increasing akathisia waves. Again, took some weeks to lessen. And now even the last drop of 0.05mg was no laughing matter. But I'm almost there now!

 

So just buckle up if you want off fast, or do it very very slow. I found the real WD of mela only starts a couple of days later. So the first three days were each time quite uneventful, but the bom dropped hard each time some days later.

 

Good luck!

 

 

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1 hour ago, TheWayBack said:

No special way, to taper ordered 0.1mg pills on the internet. Makes dosing much easier, but tapering over two months from 3mg to 0.4mg still gave me extreme WD, didn't expect that. Took almost two months to get to my baseline again. But the dystonia still wasn't resolved. Dropped again to 0.15mg, again huge increasing dystonia and increasing akathisia waves. Again, took some weeks to lessen. And now even the last drop of 0.05mg was no laughing matter. But I'm almost there now!

 

So just buckle up if you want off fast, or do it very very slow. I found the real WD of mela only starts a couple of days later. So the first three days were each time quite uneventful, but the bom dropped hard each time some days later.

 

Good luck!

 

 

 

never heard of withdrawal from melatonin but everyones different i suppose, melatonin has been a absolute gift from god for me, I couldnt of imagined going through this withdrawal without it, 0.3mg slow release is the most effective dose for me,

 

take care

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TheWayBack

dj2010, I can imagine it being a godsent for you, but you took Seroquel before without significant problems. Akathisia-prone people, like myself and others, couldn't even imagine taking something like that. Both are D2 blockers (of course Seroquel being much more powerful and blocks much more dopamine receptors).

 

 

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Altostrata

TheWayBack, you have no idea what you're talking about. Plus, you need to realize NOT EVERYONE IS JUST LIKE YOU.

 

Stop posting all over this site with your drug and supplement suggestions. They are ill-informed. I hope this warning is clear.

 

@Newbeginning Let's discuss in your Intro topic.

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apace41

Interesting information from Dr. Mark Hyman regarding the benefits of melatonin:

 

 

Melatonin is usually only associated with sleep. It’s taken by those who struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep in an effort to get that high-quality rest for better health I talk about so often. 

Many people find it’s helpful for regulating their sleep patterns, which includes those with insomnia and jet lag, shift workers, and even the blind. It doesn’t work for everyone, but there are most definitely those who swear by it. 

To help you better understand how melatonin works, let me tell you a little bit more about it. It’s a hormone naturally produced by the pineal gland (and also the digestive mucosal cells), to help control circadian rhythm so we are in line with the natural light and dark cycles of the sun. Our production can get thrown off, though, by crazy schedules, staring at screens for long hours, and even diet. That’s why some folks choose to supplement with it. 

Research continues to reveal, though, that melatonin plays a role in much more than just sleep. 

Remember how I mentioned some melatonin is produced in the digestive tract? Well, it’s actually produced in even higher levels here than the pineal gland, and it plays an important role in gastrointestinal motility and even acts as a local anti-inflammatory and moderator of visceral sensation. 

For this reason, some studies have indicated it could be useful for treating irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS.

This diagnosis is basically given for lack of a better one when someone is suffering from a wide range of digestive complaints like constipation, diarrhea, a combination of irregular bowel habits, abdominal pain, bloating and cramping, urgency, and more. Taking 3 mg of melatonin helped some study participants feel less abdominal pain and bloating and increased quality of life. There’s more research needed, but this is definitely a topic worth following for those dealing with IBS.

Other studies show that melatonin may have a place in treatment for gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. Taking between 3 mg and 6 mg provided symptom control for participants, including relief of heartburn and epigastric pain. 

Melatonin has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which could explain some of its benefits for the conditions mentioned above.

It can directly reduce reactive oxygen and reactive nitrogen species (two types of oxidative stressors) and also stimulates the antioxidant enzymes already present within the body. The high concentrations of melatonin in mitochondria (our cellular energy factories) provide some insight into why it may be helpful for age-related diseases related to cellular death. It’s also interesting to note that melatonin levels gradually decline as we age and sleep issues are a common complaint of getting older.

While it’s clear that melatonin serves an important role in the body and may help with a variety of health issues, you don’t have to get melatonin strictly through supplements if you’re looking for a boost. Many foods naturally contain melatonin, with some of the highest being pistachios, red and black rice, orange bell peppers, walnuts, cherries, lentils, and even coffee (though this is best to avoid in the evening). 

You know I always say food is medicine; you'll get so many other valuable nutrients in addition to melatonin by eating the foods mentioned above. Supplementing with melatonin may not be right for everyone, though, so if you’re dealing with some of the more severe symptoms I talked about, talk to your practitioner to decide if taking melatonin aligns with your unique needs. 

 

Best,

 

Andy

 

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matt7777

If I am currently taking 10mg XR Melatonin (and also taking Seroquel), can I go directly down to 2mg without having to worry about it negatively impacting my sleep?

 

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Altostrata
On 12/21/2018 at 3:59 PM, matt7777 said:

If I am currently taking 10mg XR Melatonin (and also taking Seroquel), can I go directly down to 2mg without having to worry about it negatively impacting my sleep?

 

@Altostrata

 

That's a lot of melatonin. Yes, you can reduce it. You might want to try 5mg and see what that does.

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Newbeginning

How long have you been on 10mg Matt? Thats a huge dose indeed. I was doing 3mg and felt it was too much. When I try stopping, I got severe insomnia and it didn't resolve for months, even though I reinstated within days of stopping. I had never gotten insomnia from antidepressant withdrawal. 

 

Everyone is different. I did need to taper it quite slowly myself. I have managed to reduce 30% over several months. Even at that rate, I could feel it. Headaches, malaise and feeling like I have the flu for days or weeks after each drop. Not fun. But at least the severe insomnia calmed down. I'm only decreasing one drop every 2-4 weeks though. It's like 5%. If I went faster, withdrawal would probably be a lot worse. 

 

Other people taper it fast or stop it with no issues. Hopefully, you're one of them. Hopefully you're one of them. And Seroquel may help with withdrawal too. Good luck!

 

 

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matt7777
12 hours ago, Altostrata said:

 

That's a lot of melatonin. Yes, you can reduce it. You might want to try 5mg and see what that does.

 

Ok. I probably need to stabilize my sleeping first with the Seroquel before reducing the Melatonin.

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matt7777
12 hours ago, Newbeginning said:

How long have you been on 10mg Matt?

 

I have been on 10mg of Melatonin since Nov 1, 2018.

 

I should probably first try to stabilize my insomnia related to the failed Seroquel taper event three days ago. Do you think coming down to 5mg right off the bat which Altostrata suggested, make sense?

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2 hours ago, matt7777 said:

 

I have been on 10mg of Melatonin since Nov 1, 2018.

.....

 

Do you think coming down to 5mg right off the bat which Altostrata suggested, make sense?

 

 

You've only been on it a short while.  If you are concerned about jumping straight down to 5mg you could go to 7.5mg first and then 5mg.

 

This is what Gridley posted in your intro topic:

 

On 12/22/2018 at 5:36 AM, Gridley said:

 

10mg Melatonin is a very high dose of Melatonin for someone in WD.  At this high dose it can have a paradoxical effect and cause you to stay awake.

 

 

You are assuming that your insomnia is due to the Seroquel issues.  It may not be.

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Newbeginning
12 hours ago, matt7777 said:

 

I have been on 10mg of Melatonin since Nov 1, 2018.

 

I should probably first try to stabilize my insomnia related to the failed Seroquel taper event three days ago. Do you think coming down to 5mg right off the bat which Altostrata suggested, make sense?

 

I agree with ChessieCat that you've been on it a short time, and that should help. I got withdrawal after just 4 months on it though. I am very sensitized right now, because I have had several drops in the 2 meds I'm on that I didn't tolerate (even though I went slow). I think repeatedly experiencing withdrawal sensitized my brain A LOT. So my situation is unique in that respect, and you're likely to have a much easier time than me stopping Melatonin.

 

That said, if you're still stabilizing from cutting Seroquel AND experiencing insomnia as part of that withdrawal, it may be wise to wait until you stabilize before adding an additional stressor. Or you may try a small cut like 10% or 20% and see how you feel. That way you don't prolong the time you stay on it. Both routes seem sensible to me.

 

As I said before, some people reduce the dose rather quickly with no issues. That includes many on this forum who are very sensitized from antidepressant withdrawal. Listen to your body. It will tell you what you can and can't tolerate.  Best of luck!

 

PS: if you do need to do a slower taper, you may want to switch to the liquid for smaller drops. Feel free to PM me, if you want to ask me anything about tapering, or tag me here if you prefer :)

 

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papaloapan

Melatonin helped me to sleep in this problem I had: I was on seroquel/quetiapine 100mg IR for several months and I was able to sleep good at that time, then I switched to 300mg XR of seroquel for 2 days, which made me sleep the entire day, so I switched to 150mg XR of seroquel for 2 days and then I decided to switch back to 100mg IR of seroquel, when I switched back to 100mg IR of seroquel, I couldn't sleep, so that night I used like 4 different supplements to sleep but I felt bad because later I learned at SA that taking more than one supplement is bad, so the next night, besides of taking 100mg of quetiapine IR at bedtime, I only added 1.5mg of melatonin at bedtime also and I got my sleep back, started to sleep very good again. SInce months before I was also taking daily at night (with my dinner) omega 3 fish oil and magnesium. I've been using melatonin ever since and I still sleep very good.

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Courageous

I appreciate the balanced sharing of information, both positive and negative, about the various tools that people have been using to help manage their sleep issues.   I find it's important to remind myself that everyone is different and that we all respond differently to medications and supplements.

 

There are some anecdotal stories in the comments section of the following article which suggest that if one chooses to discontinue melatonin then tapering is a good idea:

 

https://soveryblessed.com/stop-taking-melatonin-every-night/

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Mikegs96

So I bought the Nature made brand 3mg's of melatonin. Since that is considered too much should I cut it in half?

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Songbird
8 hours ago, Mikegs96 said:

So I bought the Nature made brand 3mg's of melatonin. Since that is considered too much should I cut it in half?

 

Are you able to cut it into smaller pieces?  e.g. if you could cut it into quarters that would give you a 0.75mg dose.

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