Its happened slowly over the course of 10 days, but ive developed very itchy skin, with tiny hives, mainly my arms and my scalp itches. It gets worse at night and when i take my melatonin , 3 or 5mg, an hour later it tends to get worse. Im taking melatonin because i just finished being tapered off remeron and it helps very much with the rebound insomnia. But im worried now that all this itching is from the melatonin? Could it be from remeron discontinuation? I tapered from 15mg to 5mg on the remeron, then the doc pulled me off. Ive been off for 10 days. I dont want to take any perscription sleep aids, my nervous system is so sensitive to all that. Not good for me. What else would help me sleep? Sleepytime tea with valerian root?:advil pm? So my questions are... is the itching likely melatonin or remeron discontinuation? And, what else for sleep? Tbank u so much...
Between the two, melatonin sensitivity is most likely. I would stop the melatonin and see what happens. If you still need a sleep aid, Advil PM which contains the sleep aid called diphenhydramine and can be purchased by that name as generic and without the ibuprophen that is in Advil is a good alternative.
I dont think it is the melatonin itself but it could be an inert ingredient in the melatonin tablet. Melatonin is made by the body. It helps control our circadian rhythm. So since this is a substance made by the body, it isnt likely to be the melatonin itself but anything in pill form has inert or non active ingredients that make a pill a pill and it is probably one of these ingredients that you are reacting to. You could try a different brand of melatonin to see if that helps or you might try diphenhydramine (Benedryl) as this is what Advil PM has with the advil to make you sleepy. It is just diphenhydramine or Benedryl. Valerian root can be helpful too.
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