Circadin is a medication used for sleep problems or insomnia. Melatonin has as active ingredient, a human hormone which is produced in the epiphysis. As you grow older, you may experience insomnia as a result of for instance traveling across multiple time zones or night work. Circadin will provide you with the opportunity to restore your normal biorhythm.
The active ingredient in Circadin is melatonin, a hormone that is also produced by the human body. If you have a normal biorhythm, your body does not make much melatonin because of the influence of (day)light. In the evening, when the light is less, the melatonin production starts. Melatonin is a hormone which makes you tired and fall asleep. You can use Circadin substitution is when your body’s own melatonin is not sufficient; Circadin works just like your own melatonin was doing.
Using Circadin (melatonin) to get to sleep
It takes a Circadin one to two hours before you want to sleep. The best way is to take it together with some food. If you have a jet lag, it is best to take Circadin at 10 pm on your arrival day.
How long can I take Circadin (melatonin)?
You should not take Circadin for more than 13 weeks in a row without an additional consult with a physician. If you use Circadin only to fight a jet lag, you can take it 2 to 5 days, as long the jetlag takes. You can just stop using Circadin at any time.
Contraindications for Circadin (melatonin)
You should not take Circadin when:
you are pregnant or breastfeeding
are hypersensitive to melatonin
suffers from severe kidney or liver disease
are suffering from autoimmune diseases
Circadin is not suitable for children.
Warning: Circandin may affect your ability to drive or operate machinery.
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Circadin side effects
Examples of side effects which may be caused by the use of Circadin are:
Headaches, dizziness, tiredness
Abdominal pain, constipation
Increase in weight
High blood pressure, palpitations
Nervousness, sweating, nightmares
Interactions with Circadin (melatonin)
Alcohol and smoking reduce the effectiveness of Circadin. Circadin may aggravate the effects of certain sedatives and hypnotics.
Circadin may interact with these medications:
Please make sure you fill out any medications you use (also when they are not included in the list above) on the questionnaire when ordering Circadin so it can be determined whether you can use Circadin.