• jean jean
    June 18, 2008
    Is it safe to take melatonin if on high blood pressure medicine?
    jean jean
    June 18, 2008

    is it safe to take melatonin if on high blood pressure medicine

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  • Sue
    Sue
    June 29, 2008
    Sue
    Sue
    June 29, 2008

    Thanks so much for your question Jean.  In searching our site I found several articles and posts focused on melatonin.  Check out the links below to see what each reads.

     

    Insomnia - Medications

    Sleep Disorders - Melatonin - The Natural Sleeping Pill

    Melatonin helps critically ill patients sleep

     

    Thanks and all the best, sue (moderator)

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  • Dear Jean,

    The best thing you can do is consult with your Pharmacist or Physician. The drugs that are known to have interactions with melatonin are the following (please do not take this to be a complete list!):

    Immunosuppressants (azathioprine, cyclosporine)

    Corticosteriods (prednisone)

    sleeping pills, anti-anxiety drugs, narcotic pain relievers (codeine), sedatives, psychiatric medicines, anti-seizure drugs, muscle relaxants, antihistamines that cause drowsiness (diphenhydramine), herbs that cause drowsiness (valerian, kava).

    It is also important to know that the FDA has not reviewed melatonin for it's safety or effectiveness.  Again, however, consult your doctor...he/she can help you decide if it's a good idea for you to take it.

     

    Regards,

    Dr. Jennifer Fee

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