*The following information is for general use only, for specific information relating to your individual situation please see your Doctor
*Melatonin is a prescription only item in Australia and should only be used following a Doctor’s consultation
Melatonin is a hormone that is produced by the pineal gland in the brain. Melatonin levels vary in 24 hour cycles and are controlled by our body clock. Normally its production is reduced by being in bright light. Levels increase at night. Some plants have small amounts of melatonin as well.
The level of Melatonin in people can decrease over time and can vary between individuals.
Recently a commercial product has come onto the Australian Market but Compounding pharmacies have been formulating this product for a long time. The benefit of compounded Melatonin is that it can come in a variety of formulas and strengths.
The most common forms of Melatonin are
- Capsules – These come in a range of strengths from 1mg to 10mg
- Troche – This is a lozenge which dissolves between the cheek and gum
- Liquid – This formula is taken under the tongue.
There are a range of things which Melatonin may assist with and this includes Sleep, Jet-lag and other conditions please visit this site for more information.
If you would like to read more about Melatonin visit The Mayo Clinic as their article gives a comprehensive summary of Melatonin. www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/melatonin/evidence/hrb-20059770