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Stupid Question
« on: Jan 16th, 2005, 8:45pm »
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I know I'm gonna feel retarded after I hear the answer, but here goes-
 
My husband is desperate for a good night's sleep. I bought him melatonin.
 
It is not measured in mg. It says mcg. I have searched metric sites, etc. The only medical reference to mcg is regarding inhalents for asthema.  
 
Any knowledge here on dosage? The bottle says 2 pills up to 3 x per day.  
 
What is the recommended dose in mg compared to the effective dose for ch?
 
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« Reply #1 on: Jan 16th, 2005, 8:52pm »
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I'm guessing that mcg stands for micrograms.   If that's the case, then 1000 mcg = 1 mg.     I typically use 6 - 9 mg per night, so that would be 6000 - 9000 mcg.    Does that help? (I hope I didn't misunderstand your question...)
 
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« Reply #2 on: Jan 16th, 2005, 8:57pm »
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But then he would have to take 30 pills! That can't be right?
 
I think taking 30 pills is too scary.  Can you overdose on melatonin?
 
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« Reply #3 on: Jan 16th, 2005, 8:58pm »
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Jill - could you call a pharmacy and ask them?  It's not a stupid question by the way - there are no stupid questions in this game.  There are sometimes stupid answers! Wink
 
In Canada, Melatonin is measured in mg.  The bottle I have is with a 3mg. capsule.
 
Maybe someone else will jump in that will be able to give you a "for sure" answer.
 
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« Reply #4 on: Jan 16th, 2005, 9:08pm »
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Hi Jill,
 
First of all NO STUPID QUESTIONS!!!.........
 
MCG stands for microgram.The question is how many mcg's?
 
Joe is correct as well and I doubt your hubby will have to take 1000 pills Wink
 
If you feel better I'm sure you can find them in Mg (milligram) and they should have the same effect regardless.
 
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« Reply #5 on: Jan 16th, 2005, 9:18pm »
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Thanks, I should have gotten the 3 mg bottle. There was one other brand.
 
I did do the math and it is 30 x 300 mcg for the 9 mg dosage.
 
I was thinking of calling the pharmacy. But I thought they would probably only recommend the dosage normally given.  
 
Go figure I got the only weird dose measurement in the group.  Embarassed
 
Well, for tonight, he will take the 600 mcg. (two pills as per the bottle....)
 
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« Reply #7 on: Jan 16th, 2005, 10:46pm »
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hi jilly mine also has mcg but on the front of the bottle
it says 300 mcg melintonin, it also has a tollfree # it is  
1-877-273-9255 mine is rexall brand. i think 3 per night.
please let us know if this helps, or what they said.
i already called they were closed 5:30 eastern time
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« Reply #8 on: Jan 16th, 2005, 11:03pm »
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Thanks Eddie. That is the strength of this bottle. We decided to try 3 tabs.
 
I also read some take benadryl with as well. He is so desperate for sleep.
 
Hope none of this is bad with prednisone. I wouldn't think they would cross purposes.
 
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« Reply #9 on: Jan 17th, 2005, 12:21am »
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Sorry your friend has such trouble in the night.  Its a side effect of the beast to be waken up every damn night, then be tired as hell the next day.
Sending ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ vibes.
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PS, BTW, asking if 30 pills may be a little too much is never a dumb question.
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« Reply #10 on: Jan 17th, 2005, 12:33am »
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There is no LD-50 for Melatonin. None. People have tried. Over 6,000 mg/night. You'd probably have a better chance overdosing on salt. The additives in the pills might give you a funky stool the next morning, but if you look it up, you can't overdose or cause any serious problem with melatonin......NOT that I'm telling you to eat the whole box.......cheesus.......but everybody read up a tad before ya yell No NO Deadly Check With Your Doc First (or something.) A little research and common sense goes a long way.
 
9 mg outta be plenty,
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« Reply #11 on: Jan 17th, 2005, 8:55am »
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I know this has been answered a couple times already, but here it is again:   mcg or µg = microgram (1/1,000,000g) . Here is a link for an apothecary equivalency conversion chart: http://www.simetric.co.uk/si_medical.htm.
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« Reply #12 on: Jan 17th, 2005, 8:08pm »
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Your question is certainly not stupid!.  My question is ... why would any bottle of Melatonin recommend taking a dose up to 3 times/day?!
 
Would it be because you're having a hard time napping?
 
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« Reply #13 on: Jan 17th, 2005, 8:27pm »
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Whatta nurse! Wink
Didn't even catch that one.....
 
Isn't melatonin naturally released at night?.....Our problem being not enough release which is why we take the suppliment.
 
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« Reply #14 on: Jan 18th, 2005, 10:33pm »
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I KNOW! Can you belive it? Why in the world would yoy take it 3 x per day.
 
Thanks so much for all the help.
 
We are sleeping GOOD! Now.
 
Yippee!  Smiley  sleep
 
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