Melatonin 3mg Tablets – 30 Tablets


  • Treats symptoms of jet lag
  • Active Ingredient: Melatonin
  • Helps adjust to new time zones

Melatonin tablets can be used for treatment of jet-lag in adults. Jet-lag can be recognized by sleep disturbances, daytime tiredness, fatigue, mild mental impairment, irritability and digestive system disturbances experienced after flying.

3 mg once daily, increased if necessary to 6 mg once daily for up to 5 days, the first dose should be taken at the habitual bedtime after arrival at destination. Doses should not be taken before 8pm or after 4am. Maximum of 16 treatment courses per year.

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  • Jet Lag

    Jet lag, a common challenge for long-distance travellers, disrupts the body’s internal clock, leading to various symptoms such as insomnia, daytime fatigue, and general malaise. While there are several remedies available, melatonin tablets have gained popularity for their natural approach to adjusting the body’ circadian rhythms.  

    Understanding Jet Lag and Melatonin’s Role

    Jet Lag arises from rapid cross-time-zone-travel, which misaligns the body’s internal clock, or circadian rhythm, with the new time zone. This internal clock, regulated by the suprachiasmatic nucleus in the brain, dictates sleep-wake cycles, hormone release, and other bodily functions. The dissonance between the body’s internal timing and the external environment leads to the symptoms commonly associated with jet lag. Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland during the night that signals the body to prepare for sleep, playing a crucial role in maintaining circadian rhythms. Its levels rise in response to darkness, peaking at night, and fall during the day, thereby regulating sleep-wake cycles naturally. Melatonin supplement aim to mimic this natural hormone’s effects, assisting in the re-adjustment of the body’s internal clock to a new time zone.  

    Using Melatonin Tablets for Jet lag

    Research and clinical studies have shown that melatonin can be effective in reducing the time it takes to fall asleep and adjusting the sleep-wake cycle to a new time zone, thereby alleviating some symptoms of jet lag. Its utility is particularly noted when crossing multiple time zones and when used in accordance with the destinations local time. The optimal dosage and timing of melatonin can vary, but general guidelines suggest taking a low dose (0.5 to 5mg) close to the target bedtime at the destination, starting a few days before the trip and continuing for several days upon arrival. It’s crucial to avoid taking melatonin too early in the day, as it can shift the sleep cycle in an undesired direction and exacerbate jet lag symptoms.  

    Considerations and Side Effects

    While Melatonin is generally considered safe for short-term use, it can cause side effects such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, and daytime drowsiness. Long-term effects are still under research, and it’s important to use melatonin responsibly. Individuals with certain medical conditions, pregnant or breastfeeding women, and children should use melatonin with caution. Consulting with a healthcare provider before starting melatonin, especially for those with existing health conditions or those taking other medications is advisable.  

    Alternatives and Complementary Strategies

    Besides melatonin, strategies such as light therapy, time zone adjustment of sleep patterns before travel, and pharmacological aids like sleeping pills or wake-promoting agents can also help manage jet lag. The choice of remedy should be tailored to the individual’s health, travel schedule, and person preferences. Complementing melatonin with lifestyle adjustments such as exposure to natural light, maintaining hydration, avoiding caffeine and alcohol close to bedtime, and engaging in light exercise can enhance adaptation to the new time zone and mitigate jet lag symptoms.  

    Patient Information Leaflet

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