Is a 10mgs of Melatonin excessive, and would Melatonin hinder my ability to wake-up to an alarm?
- 20 Nov 2012 by Clint-Sommers
- insomnia, melatonin, tolerance
I am a member of the U.S. Navy, that being said I have to wake-up at a specific time and be on time always(my command has a zero tolerance for being late and will not hesitate to write you up.) I am wondering if I take a 10mg dose of Melatonin is that going to hinder my ability to wake-up to an alarm, or does that have anything to do with that(would a higher dose make you sleep more soundly?)
Thank you for reading this, I am hoping someone can provide useful information.
Added 20 Nov 2012:
....my apologies for the grammer fail in the question... 52 hours straight now without sleep.... I might be suffering from insomnia also? None the less.. Thank you for the assistance whoever the kind hearted individual(s) will be that answer.
This question has also been asked and answered here: How much Melatonin can I take?
19 Mar 2014
Like all timed release drugs they usually last 12 hours and the problem is that 1 or 3 mg with the immediate release lasts between 4 and 6 hours and is consumed straight away but the timed release mechanism releases a certain amount each hour over 12 hours so 5 mg timed release over 12 hours releases 0.4166666667 mg a hour which equates to 5 mg over 12 hours and for 10 mg timed release it is 0.8333333333 mg per hour which equates to 10 mg over 12 hours so as you can see it gets pretty complex and this isn't even including your metabolism rates and peek saturation and plasma rates and I would never ever recommend trying to defeat or even half a timed release medication as this could lead to life threatening symptoms from the medication as this could cause it to release all or most of the medicine faster than immediate release as all drugs have specific targeted release zones in the digestive system and have a set decomposition rate.
My advice is try to find a emergency doctor that you could call for advice failing that then ask some one who is in the medical profession like a 24 hr pharmacy who knows about drugs but PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT take medication that is not prescribed to you or take with out professional health care advice, I know you are struggling but I would hate to see any harm done to you just think of your family, picture them and then ask your self is it really worth it ?. You or a family member on your behalf can call a doctor or pharmacist in the morning I'm pretty sure they can do this but for the love of God and your family never ever rely on the internet or the bad advice they can give for drugs in general. Rely on a doctor or pharmacist. BE SAFE BE CAREFUL AND BE ALIVE.
21 Nov 2012
I have trouble sleeping, and I take 10mg of melatonin every night. I would work up to it, and not take 10mg at once, the first time. Try starting with 3mg, and then 6, before you go to 10. I understand your desperation of lack of sleep, I also am an insomniac, but don't overdo the supplement until you know how you will react.
Best wishes to you!!
21 Nov 2012
I was in the army you might have to ask a battle buddy you help you get up I've taken melatonin here lately more than 10 mg I still wake up around 5 am with the alarm clock now if I don't have much to do that day I might lay around but then again I've been on meds for insomnia I've been trying everything from drinks over the counter stuff I'm trying tea tonight but there are other things that come into play with me I have adhd and depression and I'm stressed out so think about all the things you have going on in your life with me it's hard to turn of my brain at night lol best of luck to hope I didn't get you worked up with my story.
24 Feb 2015
I was recently prescribed melatonin because of my chronic insomnia. My Dr. Told me to start at 50mgs. This is on top of the adivan 2mgs and 150mgs of seroquil. I took what he prescribed and found as soon as the medication wore off I was up and awake. Everyone is different. It really depends on how bad your insomnia is.
20 Nov 2012
If you've never taken melatonin, then I would say cut it in half and try half at a time. It takes a little while to make you sleepy. I have seen time release melatonin that are 10 mg, and those would be ok, you're not getting it all at once. I have taken it for years, including when I was in the army. Was never late, and I'm still not. I'm a stickler for being on time and melatonin has never been a problem. I take 10mg every night.
20 Nov 2012
I strongly suggest you speak with the Dr. onboard, before you self medicate, may it be a herbal supplement, but still has side effects, so do the right thing, you have not slept in 52 hrs., and I suffer from insomnia, and have gone for many days without sleep; I am trying to say one gets to a stage where one is not thinking straight, and makes the wrong decision, do the right one talk to the Doc.
All the best,
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