Melatonin

Melatonin is a hormone produced naturally in the body in response to darkness. Exposure to light at night for a more extended period disturbs the production of melatonin. It helps treat jet lag, delayed sleep-wake phase disorder, some sleep disorders in children and used to treat anxiety. People who have trouble while sleeping can take melatonin supplements. They are available as pills, when placed under the tongue or cheek, get absorbed by the body. It treats insomnia and various sleep disorders.

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Kindly suggest a treatment for sleep problems.

Query: Hi doctor,I am a female of weight 60 kg and height 176 cm. I have been having extreme trouble with sleeping for about 18 months now. I struggle to get to bed, and when I finally do, I wake up once in one and a half hours or so and feel like the sleep is not a deep one. I feel like I have a restless ...  Read Full »


Dr. Saraswat Kumarshri Shriniwas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From your limited history, two plausible causes of your insomnia can be made out. Cabergoline is a dopamine agonist, which has stimulating properties. However, you cannot quit taking it because it is needed in your case. Hypothalamus is connected to the pituitary bot...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest a solution to get rid of sleeping for long hours.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 18 years old. I use to sleep very much about 11-13 hours a day. I sleep late at night and wake up very late. This is creating a great hamper in my study as well as my daily life. Now, what can I do in order to get rid of this devastating problem?  Read Full »


Dr. Saraswat Kumarshri Shriniwas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. What you are describing is a common sleep disorder known as delayed sleep phase syndrome. It is a disorder of the body clock. This clock is tuned by bright light and blue light. Chronotherapy: Sleep in a room where the sunlight will bathe your eyes in morning, even...  Read Full »

Can a month long sleep disorder affect my health?

Query: Hi doctor,I am in my late twenties. I am having a sleep disorder for a month and I feel weak too.My usual body clock is from 11 AM to 3 AM or worst until 5 AM in the morning.I am also taking the capsule Myra-E 400 IU after lunch daily.I am worried that it may cause a serious problem to my health.  Read Full »


Dr. Rajendran R. Nayar

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.I understand that you are not getting enough sleep.I also understand that you are awake from 11 AM to 3 AM on most days and I assume that this is related to your work schedule.Anxiety is usually a reason for reduced sleep.How is your appetite?Are you able to sleep alone in ...  Read Full »

Is it advisable to take Zolfresh to get proper sleep?

Query: Hi doctor, I traveled to a new country for a short business trip of 3 to 4 weeks. Today is my fifth day, and I am having problems to sleep at night from these past five days. As a precaution, I carried Melatonin and Zolfresh with me. Can I take 10 mg Zolfresh to get proper sleep? I took Melatonin l...  Read Full »


Dr. Saraswat Kumarshri Shriniwas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Zolfresh (Zolpidem) is used for initiating and maintaining sleep. It should help you in resetting your sleep cycle. It is to be taken immediately before going to bed. Do not watch TV, mobiles, or interact after taking it. You can read a book if you want. You should fa...  Read Full »

How does poor sleep affect the brain?

Query: Hello doctor, It is known that many teenagers suffer from sleep-deprivation. My son has also suffered from sleep-deprivation. He is now 21 years old. According to his physicist, each day's recommended amount of sleep is minimal eight hours for teenagers aged between 13 to 18. This has not been the ...  Read Full »


Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I passed carefully through your question and would explain that his symptoms are not suggestive of cognitive decline due to neuronal cell degeneration. You should know that sleep deprivation may reduce mental performance and lead to anxiety or irritability in teenagers....  Read Full »

Is proper sleep an important factor in weight loss?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 30 years old. I want to reduce my belly fat. Actually, I do not have time for exercise. I sleep at 4.30 AM and wake up at 11 PM. Can you help me to reduce my fat?  Read Full »


Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Is it work that makes you sleep so late? This is one of the factors that needs change. The other thing is that you need to exercise and eat regularly. You need to burn 3000 Kcal daily, and to do that, you will need to exercise for 45 to 60 minutes daily with a combinati...  Read Full »

Can Melatonin be taken with Diltiazem?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 67 years old. I am taking Diltiazem 120 mg twice daily. It was given to me when I had borderline hypertrophy of the heart due to undiagnosed sleep apnea. I also take it when I have tachycardia once or twice a year. It was not given to me for high blood pressure. When my doctor examine...  Read Full »


Dr. Artur Holubka

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Diltiazem is not given in a high dose to cause serious disturbance in you. Melatonin interferes with testosterone production. Melatonin deficiency initiates or aggravates the clinical course of all somatic pathologies. It also leads to testosterone deficiency at any age...  Read Full »

How to achieve and maintain the standard dose of Zolcalm to help sleep?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 24 years old and diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, OCD, and IBS(digestive issues). Due to my exam stress and terrible insomnia, my psychiatrist prescribed my Etilaam, Sobrium, and Zolcalm. But due to prolonged use of Zolcalm, I have reached a point where even 20 mg is n...  Read Full »


Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your situation. You must continue tablet Nexito and Petril. If you are taking tablet Zolfresh 20 mg then you must continue tablet zolfresh 15 mg for four weeks then take 10 mg for another foue weeks. Now you are stable on tablet zolfresh 10 mg. Then...  Read Full »

Can I take liquid Melatonin during pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 7 weeks pregnant. I am suffering from insomnia and it is getting worse now. I used to take liquid Melatonin where each dropper was 1 mg and I never exceeded 5 mg a night, nor would I take 5 mg all together. I used to take 1 mg and wait for an hour then try again. Since I have been ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Melatonin is actually secreted by the placenta during pregnancy and one does not really require an extra dose of it. As you are in just 7th week of pregnancy there are chances that you may have sleeping troubles. You can take liquid Melatonin but not more than 2 mg pe...  Read Full »

Running affected my circadian rhythm. How to fall asleep soon?

Query: Hello doctor, I am now 35 years old. In my early twenties, I was a marathon runner. Now I go a few times per week, one to five times to run after my office hours. I run about 10- 15 km a few times per week. I used to run intensively and to sweat strongly. My heart rate goes up. My problem is that...  Read Full »


Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Prior to my answer to your query, I have some queries to be answered. Do you have thyroid problems or gastritis? Any anxiety or depression? Significant psychological stress? For how long you have been witnessing sleep problem? Do you have difficulty falling asleep? ...  Read Full »

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