Circadin Tablets (2mg Prolonged Release) contain the active ingredient melatonin. Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone that helps to control the body clock and acts at chemical receptors in the brain to promote sleep. When taken correctly it can help you to adjust your body clock and sleep at the correct time when you have travelled across times zones.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are Circadin tablets?
The active substance of Circadin tablets, melatonin, belongs to a natural group of hormones produced by the
The medication works as prolonged-release, meaning melatonin is slowly released from the tablet across a few hours.
Circadin tablets are used on their own for the short-term treatment of primary insomnia (persistent difficulty in
getting to sleep or staying asleep, or poor quality of sleep) in patients aged 55 years and older. Primary means that insomnia does not have any identified cause, including any medical, mental or environmental cause.
How do you take Circadin tablets?
Always take circadian tablets exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
The recommended dose is one circadin tablet (2 mg) taken daily by mouth, after food, 1-2 hours before bedtime. This dosage may be continued for up to thirteen weeks.
You should swallow the tablet whole. Circadin tablets should not be crushed or cut in half.
If you have accidentally taken too much of your medicine, contact your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible. Taking more than the recommended daily dose may make you feel drowsy.
If you forget to take your circadin tablet, take another as soon as you remember, before going to sleep, or wait until it is time to take your next dose, then go on as before. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
There are no known harmful effects if treatment is interrupted or ended early. The use of circadin is not known to cause any withdrawal effects after treatment completion. If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Side effects of Circadin tablets?
Like all medicines, Circadian tablets can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. You can find a full list of side effects in the Circadian tablets patient information leaflet. If you are concerned about side effects speak to your GP or pharmacist. Uncommon side effects include:
Are there any reasons I would not be able to take Circadin tablets?
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Circadin tablets if:
If you suffer from liver or kidney problems. No studies on the use of Circadin in people with liver or kidney diseases have been performed, you should speak to your doctor before taking
Circadin as its use is not recommended.
If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars.
If you have been told you suffer from an autoimmune disease (where the body is attacked by its own immune system). No studies on the use of Circadin in people with auto-immune diseases have been performed; therefore, you should speak to your doctor before taking Circadin as its use is not recommended.
Circadin can make you feel drowsy, you should be careful if the drowsiness affects you as it may impair your ability on tasks such as driving.
Smoking may make Circadin less effective
Where can I get more information about Circadin tablets?
Keep circadin tablets out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use circadin tablets after the expiry date which is stated on the carton (EXP). The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not store above 25C. Store in the original package to protect from light.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help to protect the environment.
Can I buy Circadin tablets online?
Yes, you can legally buy circadin tablets online from registered prescribers such as e-Surgery.
Whenever you buy circadin tablets or any other sleeping medication, even if it is over the counter, make sure you check for the green GPhC and MHRA logo on the bottom of each page of the website you are using.
You can use the GPhC website to check if a pharmacy is registered, this will ensure that when you buy circadin tablets online the medication is genuine.
Do not use circadin tablets after the expiry date on the packaging. Whenever you buy circadin tablets online or any other sleeping tablets always check the expiry date of the medication when it arrives to you in the post.
Can I improve my sleep with out taking medication?
To improve your quality of sleep you could try:
Sticking to a set sleep schedule.
Create a relaxing environment for sleep in your bedroom.
Avoid last night distractions such as gaming or social media.
Exercise during the day.
Avoid drinking large amounts of caffeine or alcohol.
Avoid other stimulants such as nicotine.
Why would I need to use Circadin tablets?
Poor sleep can mean that you have difficulty getting to sleep, that you wake up for long periods during the night, that you wake early, or that you do not feel refreshed in the mornings.
Insomnia is a fairly common condition, but it does not usually last for long.
Melatonin is a hormone that occurs naturally in the body and is associated with the control of the body’s sleep pattern. As we grow older the amount of naturally occurring melatonin in the body reduces. Taking melatonin adds to the body’s natural supply and helps to promote and improve the quality of sleep.
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