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You can buy melatonin 3mg capsules at any pharmacy, and they should help you sleep as melatonin is one of the chemicals that tells our body to sleep. I take Flexaril for the spasms, but it is very closely related to tricyclic ADs such as Elavil (by itself it would prob make you sleep) which is used in small doses to treat nerve pain. I guess I cant post a link here but here is a little information on melatonin. Good luck!

Given its ability to regulate body rhythms and promote normal sleep, Melatonin has proven useful not only for insomnia, but for jet lag and seasonal affective disorder (SAD) as well.

Melatonin is a product of the pineal gland, where it is synthesized from the amino acid tryptophan. Under normal conditions, Melatonin levels foreshadow the sleep cycle, usually increasing rapidly from the late evening until midnight, then decreasing as morning approaches. In this way, Melatonin helps regulate circadian rhythm, the body's 24-hour "dark-light clock" that governs the timing of hormone production, sleep, body temperature, and more. Not surprisingly, people with high levels of Melatonin usually sleep longer and more soundly than those with a deficiency. For example, the elderly, who produce less Melatonin than the young and middle-aged, are typically more susceptible to insomnia. Similarly, events that throw Melatonin levels out of synch--such as a jet trip between time zones--seem to interfere with production of the hormone and thus disrupt sleep. Consumption of alcohol, tobacco, and narcotics has a similar effect.

Most experts recommend taking from 1 to 3 milligrams of Melatonin approximately 20 minutes before bedtime.

Check with your doctor before combining Melatonin with the following:
Beta blockers such as Inderal, Lopressor, and Tenormin, Large amounts of ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) Mood-altering drugs such as diazepam (Valium) and Steroid medications such as prednisone

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