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Melatonin

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n0ne Sat 03-Sep-16 14:15:38

I have been suffering from migraines very regularly recently and one of the treatments I have seen suggested is melatonin before bedtime. Has anybody used this? My one concern is that it will make me sleep so deeply I won't hear DH if she wakes in the night, or I might sleep through my alarm.

Branleuse Sat 03-Sep-16 14:18:30

it is not a sleeping tablet. It just induces natural sleep, so you shouldnt necessarily sleep any more deeply than usual, espeically if you took a low dose

VenusRising Sat 03-Sep-16 14:20:40

N0ne there's recent evidence that upping the salt in your diet reduces migraines. It's reported in this week's new scientist.

Fwiw melatonin just regulates your circadian rhythms, it isn't a sleeping pill.

FarelyKnuts Sat 03-Sep-16 14:23:20

You will wake up to noise and you won't sleep through your alarm. It basically just helps you fall asleep not really STAY asleep I find.
However I sadly didn't find it made a blind bit of difference to my migraines sorry. Q

TheHubblesWindscreenWipers Sat 03-Sep-16 14:30:20

Made zero difference to migraines.,helps a bit with sleep. Doesn't sedate you so you would wake.

Changes in migraine frequency need to be checked out. Get your eyes checked too.

n0ne Sat 03-Sep-16 14:46:24

Thanks all! I'm also trying magnesium, B2, Q10 and Feverfew, on top of the beta blockers I've been prescribed. At this point, I'll try anything!!!

TheHubblesWindscreenWipers Sat 03-Sep-16 14:49:00

Hang on... Be careful with herbal stuff! It can interact with prescription meds.

Beta blockers for high blood pressure? Are you on the combined pill at all?

n0ne Sat 03-Sep-16 14:55:59

No, I actually have low blood pressure. The beta blockers are for migraine. Apparently it was discovered as a side effect of beta blockers prescribed for high blood pressure that they reduced migraines, but they're not sure how.

n0ne Sat 03-Sep-16 14:56:35

Not on the pill, Hubbles

TheHubblesWindscreenWipers Sat 03-Sep-16 14:58:15

But low blood pressure plus beta blockers isn't a good idea... :/

I'd go back to your GP and let them know you're having increased incidence of migraine.

StrongBelwas Sun 04-Sep-16 10:54:50

Where are you getting feverfew from, if you don't mind me asking? Loads of places seem to have stopped selling it sad.

n0ne Sun 04-Sep-16 15:16:42

Strong - just Holland and Barrett (or the Dutch equivalent, but it's owned by H&B)

ThumbWitchesAbroad Sun 04-Sep-16 15:22:43

Hmm, I think, if you haven''t already, you might need to have an open discussion with your GP about the combination of drugs and herbals etc. that you are taking, just to be on the safe side.

I know about the beta blockers reducing migraine, they worked for my Dad, even though he didn't have high blood pressure either - but as a PP has said, it's a bit of a concern if your BP was already low to start with!

Melatonin won't induce so deep a sleep that you will have trouble waking up - it's only going to help you go to sleep and have better sleep patterns, not knock you out (unlike some antihistamines I could mention!)

n0ne Sun 04-Sep-16 15:57:06

The GP knows about my blood pressure and prescribed a low dose, with strict warnings to stop if I have any adverse reaction. They've tried other options before which didn't help so we're getting to last resort territory. The migraines really are debilitating. I have a toddler and a job, I can't spend lots of time lying down in a dark room.

But I guess I should consult them about mixing meds and herbals. I don't think the multivit with magnesium and B2 can do any harm, but maybe I should steer clear of the feverfew (and Q10?) til they OK it.

ThumbWitchesAbroad Sun 04-Sep-16 16:50:21

Can't see the coenzyme Q10 having any adverse or interactive effect either, it's naturally occurring in the body too (as ubiquinone, or "vitamin" Q - it's not a real vitamin but has been nicknamed that) but still wise to check - but the feverfew, for sure, you should check that one.

StrongBelwas Sun 04-Sep-16 20:12:31

Thanks n0ne didn't realise they were stocking it again! Unfortunately the dose I take would bankrupt me at H&B prices. Hopefully hellenia stock is again soon.

Can you ask your GP to refer you to a neurologist?

yeOldeTrout Sun 04-Sep-16 20:19:51

Melatonin has no effect on me, * Sob *. I can take huge amounts & it doesn't help me fall asleep at all, sigh.

verystressedmum Sun 04-Sep-16 23:12:42

No idea if it will help with migraine but melatonin will help you fall asleep if you take it about an hour before bed. It makes you feel sleepy but you wake up easily and don't feel zonked

KenDoddsDadsDog Sun 04-Sep-16 23:17:02

Topiramate helped me more than beta blockers . Maybe something worth discussing if they don't have an effect?

FarelyKnuts Mon 05-Sep-16 08:11:33

I second Topirimate. Changed my life. Went from almost weekly migraines to a couple a year

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