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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 the insomnia does not have any identified cause, including any medical, mental or environmental cause.
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.
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:
You can find a full list in the Circadin tablets patient information leaflet that will come with your medication, please read before taking Circadin tablets.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Circadin tablets if:
You can find more information about Circadin tablets in the Circadin tablets patient information leaflet.
You can also use our free Ask a Pharmacist and speak to a UK registered pharmacist for free.
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 25°C. Store in the original package in order 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.
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.
Store the medication as per instruction of the Circadin tablets patient information leaflet.
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.
To improve your quality of sleep you could try:
Poor sleep can mean that you have difficulty getting to sleep, or that you wake up for long periods during the night, or 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 which 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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