What is Circadin 2mg MR capsules?
The active substance of Circadin, melatonin, belongs to a natural group of hormones produced by the body.
How does it work?
Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone produced by the body. Melatonin is associated with the control of circadian rhythms. It is also associated with a hypnotic effect and increased natural promotion for sleep. The capsules are modified release which means that melatonin is released gradually over time.
How is Circadin 2mg MR capsules used?
Always take this medicine 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.
What are the common side-effects of Circadin?
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Possible side effects include:
- Chest pain
- Irritability, nervousness, restlessness
- Migraine or headache
- dry mouth
Who can not use Circadin 2mg MR capsules?
- if you are allergic to melatonin or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (see the patient information leaflet)
- If you suffer from liver or kidney problems.
- 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)
- 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, because the components of tobacco smoke can increase the breakdown of melatonin by the liver
- If you drink alcohol
Please refer to the following Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) to find more information (including side effects) about Losec and omeprazole capsules. For Circadin, please refer to: