DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor, and the following is NOT medical advice. It is merely a list of things that have helped others during opiate withdrawal. Before starting any regiment including any medicine, it is imperative that the patient discusses it with a licensed physician. Some of the medicine listed can react badly with certain foods and other medicines.
If taken for inducing sleep – Melatonin should not be taken if eyes are exposed to bright sunlight, and melatonin should be avoided if operating any vehicle. If attempting sleep shifts of more than 1 hour, light therapy should also be used. Do not use melatonin for more than two weeks at a time.
Nighttime awakenings and early morning insomnia – If you need to get up in the morning within 2-3 hours, Take regular instead of time release melatonin. Time release melatonin may last into the waking hours, causing confusion and mood problems. Do not take melatonin if you awaken less than one hour before you need to get up.
USEFUL FOR: Insomnia, jet-lag, mood
DESCRIPTION: Melatonin is a neurotransmitter released by the pineal gland, which is a small gland located in the brain. The structure of the neurotransmitter is very similar to serotonin. It acts as a sort of regulator for the human “biological clock.” During the daytime hours, melatonin is at its lowest, whereas at night it is higher, peaking around 2 A.M. for healthy people, and 3 A.M. for the elderly. Information received via the eye (light/darkness) travels to the area of the brain that regulates circadian rhythm, and from there signals are sent to the pineal gland which subsequently releases melatonin into the bloodstream. Typically, darkness activates nerves in the brain that stimulate release of melatonin. Melatonin is thought to be involved in the regulation of sleep, eating, and reproduction.
When the flow of melatonin is disrupted, which can happen due to jet-lag, aging, or stress, the body is negatively affected on both a mental and physiological level. Studies of jet lag have shown that melatonin, when taken at the normal bedtime hour at the new destination, can relieve symptoms of jet lag, and create a normal sleep pattern. Melatonin will not help people sleep longer, or fall asleep faster when taken at bedtime; however, taking melatonin very late in the afternoon has helped people fall asleep faster. Melatonin will help people get to sleep though. During opiate withdrawal, hormones are sent into a frenzy, and are all out-of-whack. Melatonin, which can be found at the local GNC or below, can act as a sleep-aid, and help regulate sleep cycles. Toxicity tests have proven melatonin to be very safe, but there are no conclusive tests proving its long-term effectiveness as a sleep aid; however, it’ll help do the trick for the time being!
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