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Has anyone else taken melatonin before surgery?

beaverbbeaver Posts: 189
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:44 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Got a call from the hospital and they wondered if hubby would agree to be in a trial and take melatonin the night before surgery. It is supposed to act as a relaxer and to help with inflammation after surgery. I googled it and it seems to have been used on children preop to calm them down and help recovery. He's going to go for it but I would like to hear if anyone else has had it and how it reacted on them.


  • My PM doc got me clued into using Melatonin and if used as directed it can definitely help a person relax and sleep. After a while I got used to it and it became ineffective for me. That was after several months of using it though.

  • I was never asked to take it right before or after surgery. I have taken in the past for insomnia. That is what it is typically taken for. It works but pay attention to the dreams. If they start getting really vivid and colorful. You might want to stop. It helped me sleep, the dreams got colorful, then very vivid, then became nightmares. Way too realistic for me.
  • He would just be taking it the night before to relax before surgery. No mention of it being a continuing practice. I guess we will see.
  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    I've been using melatonin, and products with melatonin, for years. You actually have melatonin in your body and some theories suggest we can enhance our amounts by taking more and/or get back to more therapeutic levels as we age. For some it works well. I've used everything from 3-4mg tablets from the pharmacy to other products that combine melatonin with other sleep inducing products. It's worth a try and doesn't give any kind of hangover such as some other sleep meds (i.e. ambien, lunesta, etc) can give.
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
  • Hi, I did not use it before this surgery but me & my sister take it nightly. It really does relax you and get good sleep. I do believe I did take it before a different surgery though. I would not be worried. My doc gave me valium for the night before but that was because of my nerves. Good luck!
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