Melatonin is a natural hormone supplement used to help regulate sleep, often taken to treat insomnia or adjust sleep-wake cycles, like in jet lag. It works by signaling to the body that it's time to sleep, aiding in falling asleep more easily.
- Improves Jet Lag symptoms
- Helps regulate the body clock
- 15 capsule pack available
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You can buy Melatonin 3mg jet lag tablets for sleep regulation, from our UK registered online doctor service. You must complete a short online medical questionnaire as part of your order. This is reviewed by one of our GPs.
If your order is approved, a prescription is sent to our online pharmacy team to dispense. From here, it is dispatched to your delivery address.
What is Melatonin?
Melatonin is a natural hormone that your body produces. It helps to control your body clock (circadian rhythm) and sleep patterns. Levels of Melatonin in the body rise at night and are lowest around the middle of the day. The tablets contain a synthetic (manmade) version of the hormone.
Jet lag happens when your normal sleep pattern is disturbed after a long flight by travelling across time zones. This can cause various symptoms such as difficulty sleeping, feeling exhausted, and concentration problems.
Some clinical trials have shown that Melatonin works to reduce symptoms of jet lag by around 44%. It can also shorten the duration of jet lag. Taking the tablets can help to restore your normal sleep rhythm and reduce jet lag symptoms. Sometimes doctors will prescribe Melatonin in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other conditions.
The usual dose for adults is one tablet to be taken daily for up to 5 days. If there is no beneficial effect, the dose can be increased to two tablets daily for a higher dose. You should not eat 2 hours before or 2 hours after taking a dose.
You should take the first dose when you arrive at your destination at your usual bedtime. Take the tablets over the following days at your usual bedtime. You should not take a dose before 8 pm or after 4 am.
When you stop taking the tablets you should not experience any harmful effects or withdrawal symptoms.
One pack of 30 tablets is enough for 3 or 6 treatment courses. The tablets may be taken for a maximum of 16 treatment courses per year.
There are other medicines available to help people get to sleep. This includes drowsy antihistamines like diphenhydramine and prescription-only hypnotics like zopiclone and zolpidem.
These other medicines only treat one symptom of jet lag by helping people sleep. Melatonin also helps people sleep but has the added benefit of shifting the body clock to improve other symptoms of jet lag. In the UK, other hypnotic drugs like zopiclone are not licensed for jet lag, whereas Melatonin 3mg is specifically licensed to treat this common problem.
We also have a collection of Melatonin reviews from real UK patients so you are able to make an informed decision before beginning treatment.
Can I get Melatonin on the NHS?
Melatonin for jet lag is not available for free on the NHS. Travel medication like jet lag treatment, medicines for altitude sickness, and travel vaccines are not routinely offered on the NHS. Generally, you can only get Melatonin for jet lag via private prescription. Other medicines are available on the NHS for people with trouble falling asleep, like drowsy antihistamines.
You can buy Melatonin supplements, like gummies for children, over the counter in some countries to improve sleep. However, in the UK it is a prescription-only medicine and it is not available to buy over the counter. Only the lower strengths are available in the UK such as Melatonin 3mg or 5mg modified-release tablets. Melatonin 10mg in the UK is not available.
We do not recommend buying Melatonin products like gummies or Melatonin pills online because they are not authorised for sale in the UK and will be coming from an unregistered website.
Melatonin Side Effects
Like all medicines, there can be side effects to taking this medicine. The most common side effects of taking this medicine for jet lag are drowsiness, headaches, dizziness and disorientation. If you notice any unusual side effects like chest pain, palpitations, or blurred vision, you should immediately contact your doctor for medical advice.
See the patient information leaflet for further details on the possible side effects of this medicine.
Take 1-2 tablets about one hour before bed for up to 5 days
Helps to control the sleep cycle
Can include drowsiness, headaches, dizziness, disorientation.
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Before taking any medication, it is important to read the Patient Information Leaflet. You can find information leaflets for your medicines by typing them into the search bar at medicines.org, or by contacting us.
- Melatonin patient information leaflet
You should not take this medicine if you are allergic to Melatonin or any of the other ingredients in the tablets. Certain people should consult their doctor or pharmacist first. This includes people with epilepsy, diabetes, and liver or kidney problems.
You should avoid drinking alcohol with this medicine because alcohol can cause sleep problems and potentially worsen jet lag symptoms. You should not eat 2 hours before or after taking a dose because it can affect how well the tablets work.
See the patient information leaflet for details about which medicines can interact with this medicine.
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