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Melatonin: Not a sleeping pill for children — 1 Comment

  1. Frugal Nurse:

    It was nice to find your website. I have insomnia and have been taking Zolpidem (Ambien) for 5 years or more without any side effects or stumbling once, when I have to go to the bathroom in the night. To give you a little background, I am a 67 year old male, with mild COPD, but other than that I am in excellent physical condition (As of today anyway, aren’t we all? I love the saying, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.) I have a background of 35 years selling and training many of the top cardiologists in the country in leading edge therapeutic and diagnostic medical electronic devices. In my youth I was a good athlete specializing as an amateur boxer for three years, so I don’t normally do much stumbling anyway. I usually spend about one hour a day studying advances in medicine far beyond what most MD’s talk about. I found your website, when my primary care physician suggested I research Belsomra because despite Zolpidem (Ambien) being a great and necessary help to my life, they are making it increasingly difficult to get after age 65, more than 90 pills a year, when I need one 10 mg pill divided in 2 doses each night too get the necessary sleep to keep my immune system up in the daytime. As a mild COPD patient you burn 10 times or more calories and thus energy just breathing than a person who does not have it, thus it is imperative to keep your immune system high with good sleep, eating healthy foods (usually every 2 hours or so), getting the best supplements, and keeping active and/or excising providing you are not depleting your energy level too much.

    I found your website when I was looking for information on Belsoma as an option to all of the administrative problems I am having to fight to stay on Zolpidem (Ambiem). From what I can gather now, not only do I not know how effective it would be, I read reports of day time drowsiness (which I can not deal with at all), and since there is no generic equivalent it is cost prohibitive. As far your questions about melatonin, I have taken it for years, with & without Zolpidem (Ambiem). I am amazed with all I have read about it over the years, no one hits on the right dosage or way to take it. The only effective way to take it is approximately 1 mg. sublingually. This
    dosage and method gets into your bloodstream fast without having to go through your digestive system and lasts about two hours in your body. So it helps you get to sleep fast without any lingering drowsiness. You can even take it again in the middle of the night if you wake up and can’t get back to sleep. I have given it a few times to my 10 year old daughter who weighs 90+lbs had been lying in bed unable to sleep for a long time. It seemed to have no side effects and helped her to sleep quickly. I have only let her have it when all of my other tricks failed. Also it use to easier to get sulingual dosages, but GNC and probably some other retailers quit carrying them, but I have no problem getting them from the internet and it is less expensive. FYI, after being diagnosed finally with mild COPD about two years ago and reading constant depressing information about the constant negative slide I was about to face in my breathing function, I went above and beyond the current research and have improved my respiratory numbers to the point I technically am not considered a mild COPD patient presently.

    Later,

    J Jo