Melatonin

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It may be a good idea to consider melatonin before PPI's or surgery as there's research showing that it can help or even cure gut problems, including lowering stomach acid and strengthening the esophageal sphincter. A naturopath put me onto it and it really helped. Check out the research and anecdotal evidence yourself. Just google esophageal sphincter-melatonin, and acid reflux-melatonin. It's worth a go. No side effects as far as I can tell, except being a little drowsy first thing in the morning for a few days.

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    Thanks for this Mick! I did have good experience with melatonin, but took it just for my insomnia issue... did not connect it with the stomach.  Now it explains why I had less stomach issues...
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    Thanks for this info on Melatonin. How do you buy this , though I mean what is the presentation is it tablet or capsules?
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      I get mine online. It's really cheap and you can buy small amounts or larger. I got the 240 tablet bottle. I have one at bed time which I take more as a preventative these days, as I remember how bad it can get. My Naturopath recommended the 3 mg tablet but some of the research I've read recommends 6 mg. 3 mg seems to work for me.

      Luck.

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    Yeah I have read Melatonin

    might help some GI problems.

    However I have tried Melatonin

    on 3 separate occasions for sleep

    and got a terrible migraine for 2 days

    every time I tried it. It never helped me sleep.

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      I asked my GP about it and he did not have much faith in it for sleep problems. He is also a doctor for sports teams and has prescribed it for groups coming back from OZ and South America and did not have good reports back on it from them. He had not heard of it for stomach acid one of my other problems.

      He did give me a prescription for some so I will see how it goes.

      A lot of side effects are listed and in combination with many drugs it can have an enhanced effect:

      Side-effects less commonly abdominal pain, dyspepsia, dry mouth, mouth ulceration, nausea, weight gain, hypertension, chest pain, malaise, dizziness, restlessness, nervousness, irritability, anxiety, headache, abnormal dreams, proteinuria, glycosuria, pruritus, rash, dry skin; rarely thirst, flatulence, halitosis, salivation, vomiting, gastritis, hypertriglyceridaemia, angina, palpitation, syncope, hot flushes, aggression, impaired memory, restless legs syndrome, paraesthesia, mood changes, priapism, increased libido, prostatitis, polyuria, haematuria, leucopenia, thrombocytopenia, electrolyte disturbances, muscle spasm, arthritis, lacrimation, visual disturbances, nail disorder; also reported galactorrhoea, mouth and tongue oedema.

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      You don't need a prescription for Melatonin you can buy it over the counter. Thanks
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      RU Kidding. Melatonin has been

      OTC in the USA for years. I bet u could get it on Amazon. I wonder

      why u have to have a script. I have

      seen it in the Dollar Stores and 99cent Stores. I can see why u might

      need a script that stuff made me feel

      weird and the migraines lasted

      until it got out of my system.

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      Sure we can buy it on eBay and Amazon from abroad. Here it is regarded as a drug for short term use, no more than 13 weeks so has to be prescribed. The cost to the NHS is about 13 pounds for 30 capsules. My GP gave me a prescription for 100.

      Looking at the other drugs including the BP meds that I take that they are contra indicated with has made me hestiant as they can put up BP.

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      How many mg is the dosage. of your prescription.I just looked on amazon I saw 240 tablets that are 3mg pills for 7 dollars. 1 US Dollar is Currently 0.64 British Pounds. U mite save a little money on Amazon.
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      They are 2 mg. As a Senior I get my prescriptions free.

      You never know what you get on line. Probably made in China. The Amazon ones have nine pounds postage added for shipping to the UK

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      It doesn't surprise me that your doctor doesn't know about melatonin as a treatment for gut problems. If you've read these forums for awhile, then you already know way more than most doctors. The specialist I saw was writing down things about reflux that I was telling her, including about melatonin. Didn't inspire confidence and in the end I couldn't get out of there fast enough. The best advice I got was from a local Naturapath, who btw, put me onto melatonin. She advised taking 3mg a night for a couple of months. There's a lot of research out there to do with melaton and gut problems and I'd expect a competent GP or specialist to be up with the newer research, but I suspect the only research they will do is reading the latest glossy drug company pamphlets. Because melatonin is produced in the body, It can't be patented, and so there's no money in for big pharma, and at the end of the day, IMO, doctors for the most part are just glorified drug dealers for big pharma.

      Luck

       

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      OK YOU MELATONIN MEN

      WHAT IS IT THAt MELATONIN

      DOES THAT HELPS THE GUT.

      WHAT SYMPTOMS DOES IT RELIEVE. I ALWAYS THOUGHT

      IT WAS SUPPOSE TO HELP U SLEEP. I TRIED iT 3 TIMES IN THe

      PASt AND GOT TERRIBLE MIGRAINES FOR DAYS. The pain in my head would certainly help me forget about my hi issues because the migraines were pretty bad, What does it do for GI PROBLEMS, THANKS

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      I saw an ad on amazon for 240 pills of 3 mg of melatonin it was 7.50 American Dollars. 1 American dollar

      is 0.64 British Pound. Amazon offers free shipping if u spend 35 bucks. The item has to say available for free shipping. I have done this and gotten products from china and Singapore

      as part of the free shipping even if it is coming to the USA. Just buy 35 dollars worth if melatonin as long as it says available for free shipping next to the product So that would be 4.8 pounds for 240 pills plus if u can order a 35 dollar supply. I know i mite be leery if it is being mailed buy china but u mite find some from vendors in the USA or Canada.

      I was told by one guy on here he pays a dollar a pound a pill via prescription. What does this drug do for the gut it does give migraines thanks

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      I would be concerned about taking melatonin if u need a medication for

      blood pressure. U need a anti-hypertensives for high blood pressure. Your body may react negatively to a strange med other

      them a true anti hypertensive.

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      Melatonin is made in the pineal gland, intestinal tract, stomach, small intestine, colon, and the esophagus. Our gut is a living, vibrant, seething eco system that is just now beginning to be explored. Everyone's is different, depending on where you live, eat, what toxins you've came in contact with, what meds you've taken throughout your life. All the billions of little critters living there are akin to dark matter. It's emerging that they just about effect everything we do, our moods, energy levels, our health and well-being, etc. Nobody remotely understands what is happening in there but new research is slowly starting to take baby steps.

      Melatonin effects many parts of the body, but regarding the gut, it lowers stomach acid and is thought to strengthen the esophageal sphincter. I can't post links, so google melatonin- acid reflux, and or, melatonin - esophageal sphincter. There's lots of research being done.

      I don't know why it gives you head-aches. It's thought to be safe but everyone is different. Could it be that it's reacting with other meds you are taking, or the dose is too high?

      I get mine from a reputable online seller of medicinal herbs.

      Cheers

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      If you look at one of my earlier posts where I quoute from the BNF it lists hypertension as a possible side effect.

      BNF:

       The British National Formulary is a pharmaceutical reference book that contains a wide spectrum of information and advice on prescribing and pharmacology, along with specific facts and details about drugs,

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      If they are foolish enough to take it long term against medical advice and from an unknown maker that is up to them.
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      a Colonoscopy Prep Will get rid of all the toxins you speak about in the gut. That is why Peole take colon cleansing products. The migraines

      we're awhile ago but I am not worried

      about my gut as long as I can poop

      I would be very leery about taking

      Melatonin for Hyperstension unless

      it is a mild hypertension. Thanks for the info

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      Mick

      Thanks for the info about Melatonin.

      There are also exercises u can do to strengthen the LES it is suppose to help the muscles and acid reflux

      the exercises consist of breathing

      and tongue exercises. They help some.

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      Some one on the prostate forum buys a cherry drink that has a high level of melatonin that helps him to get through the night without peeing.

      From Wiki:

      Melatonin is categorized by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a dietary supplement. It is sold freely over-the-counter in both the US and Canada without any regulation as a pharmaceutical drug The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations applying to medications are not applicable to melatonin However, new FDA rules required that by June 2010 all production of dietary supplements must comply with "current good manufacturing practices" (cGMP) and be manufactured with "controls that result in a consistent product free of contamination, with accurate labeling. The industry has also been required to report to the FDA "all serious dietary supplement related adverse events", and the FDA has (within the cGMP guidelines) begun enforcement of that requirement.

      In Europe, melatonin is considered to be a "neurohormone" and cannot be sold over the counter.

      Melatonin has been reported in foods including cherries to about 0.17–13.46 ng/g, bananas and grapes, rice and cereals, herbs, olive oil, wine and beer. When birds ingest melatonin-rich plant feed, such as rice, the melatonin binds to melatonin receptors in their brains When humans consume foods rich in melatonin such as banana, pineapple and orange the blood levels of melatonin significantly increase.

      As reported in the New York Times in May 2011,beverages and snacks containing melatonin are sold in grocery stores, convenience stores, and clubs. The FDA is considering whether these food products can continue to be sold with the label "dietary supplements". On 13 January 2010, they issued a warning letter to Innovative Beverage, creators of several beverages marketed as "relaxation drinks," stating that melatonin is not approved as a food additive because it is not generally recognized as safe

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      Hi, it's possible we have our wires crossed. I've done more research on many sites and melatonin is said to lower blood pressure, but if used with BP meds it can increase it.
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      If you read my opening post for this thread again, you'll see that I was offering up melatonin as an alternative to PPI's and surgery. It's generally considered to be safe, but like everything else on the net, if you look long enough you'll find an opposing view. Some studies have had fantastic results treating gerd with melatonin. Imo,anything that has the potential to relieve or cure the suffering is worth a crack.

      I once bought a bottle of organic tart cherry because of the melatonin content and been using it for about a year and had long ago forgotten all about the melatonin. It's just so delicious.

      Luck

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      Good luck. From memory, it was about a month and a half before I noticed a difference and by 2 months was good.
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