Melatonin in the uk

13 Jan

If your reading this and your from the USA I’m guessing Melatonin is something you may of heard about before. Melatonin is freely avaliable in health food stores across the US.
If like myself you are from the UK Melatonin maybe unknown to you. Reason being is Melatonin is infact a unlicensed medication here in the UK and is only prescribed on a special ‘named patient basis’
Melatonin is a natural substance produced in the pineal gland located
In the brain. Known as the hormone of
darkness Melatonin is effective in
People with visual impairment in
whom Melatonin prodution is disturbed.
Melatonin also helps children with
Autistic spectrum disorder like my son.
We have been advised to give my son
3mg 20min before bed. We started the treatment last night but my son still slept rather badly.
Can anybody please tell me more about the use of Melatonin and if it helped there children or not?

4 Responses to “Melatonin in the uk”

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  2. kagey January 16, 2009 at 8:47 pm #

    take the smallest dose possible. I agree. .5mg is all that is necc. and it is not something that will just magically work one night. it may take some time. just keep up with it. he needs to build this up in his system and get used to it. It will help rebuild his internal clock. that is what melatonin is for. rebuidling his internal clock and telling his mind when to go to sleep. make sure all lights are out, a small night light if he needs it, but placed somewhere so that it isn’t direct.

    good luck!

  3. clairelouise82 January 13, 2009 at 10:41 pm #

    Hi thanks for your comment. It’s nice to hear from otthers that are going though the same thing. The doctor gave us 30 3mg tablets and told us to give one tablet before bed. We found that yesterday G fell to sleep but after a few hours he woke up. He remained awake most of the night. It’s 10.30pm now and thankful he has been asleep since 8pm:)
    Will let you know if it stays that way.
    Fingers crossed.x

  4. My Autism Insights January 13, 2009 at 1:27 pm #

    I’d start out with a lower dose. My son is 7 and I started him with .5 mg. You might try even 1 mg to start and gradually increase if needed. I’ve also heard that there can be scattered nightmares with Melatonin, but we’ve experienced maybe 1 since he started in October or November.

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