Epilepsy Community
melatonin and seizures
About This Community:

This patient support community is for discussions relating to epilepsy, safety, school issues, and transportation issues.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

melatonin and seizures

Has anyone had any luck with decreasing seizures with melatonin.....My 17 year old son has intractable epilepsy, and I just came across an article that this had reduced seizures...maybe worth a try?????  Anyone out there tried this????  Thanks for any input.
Related Discussions
5 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
1830068_tn?1317869830
I have. My brother (who has lived with me since he was 17) has been having problems daily for a month now with seizures, mostyl when he wakes up. He had been complaining of not sleeping, or not sleeping well. We went to the doctor, and they gave him a new med, but we were still seeing seizures daily. So as a last effort, I gave him 5mg of OTC melatonin, and he hasn't been showning signs of seizures  for a bit. So I say, try it.  Just be careful, they say it can increase seizure activity.
Blank
1830068_tn?1317869830
I found this article about the subject.

http://www.asaccc.org/newslowmelatonin.html
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
I have. My daughter has epilepsy and she doesn't sleep well at all. She is currently on Magnesium and Calcium and Melatonin and she is doing well. It has decreased her seizures. If she doesn't sleep well her seizures increase. I also found diet works as well. No sugar, wheat, dairy or gluten.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
I can only tell you from my experience but we all know everyone's body is different. I took it for quite awhile and always helped me. However, after getting pregnant in July I checked with my OB doctor and he said not to use it. Something about changes in sleep patterns can increase siezures and just wasn't a good idea if I could find a way to manage without it. I have been taking hot baths with Epsom salt at night and trying to exercise in the evenings. This has help a lot! Might check with your doctor first?
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
I had to stop dairy when I was nursing my son, because he was allergic.  I haven't had a seizure since I gave it up!!  My brother practices Chinese medicine and encouraged me for years to take dairy and sugar out of my diet.  I didn't think I could do it, but I managed to for my son.  I am a true believer in diet effecting seizures.  It's an 'easy' thing to try--unless you love cheese, cream cheese, whipped cream, sour cream, butter, and yogurt as much as I do--then it's much easier said than done!!  Good luck, and be well.
Blank
Post a Comment
To
MedHelp Health Answers
Recent Activity
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
mkh9 commented on photo
3 hrs ago
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Ball123 commented on :(
Sep 16
620923_tn?1405964489
Blank
DOCTORS LIST FOR CHIARI/SYRINGOMYEL... updated
Sep 12 by selmaS
Top Neurology Answerers
1780921_tn?1384615710
Blank
flipper336
Chandler, AZ
5466288_tn?1410488785
Blank
cramp_n_mystyle
Greensburg, IN
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
spitfire2
chicago
Epilepsy Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
The 3 Essentials to Ending Emotiona...
Sep 18 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Control Emotional Eating with this ...
Sep 04 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating Control: How to St...
Aug 28 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
Top Neurology Answerers
1780921_tn?1384615710
Blank
flipper336
Chandler, AZ
5466288_tn?1410488785
Blank
cramp_n_mystyle
Greensburg, IN
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
spitfire2
chicago