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If you are going on holiday or travelling for work and are worried about getting jet lag, our doctors can prescribe suitable treatment to reduce its effects, which can be delivered directly to your door before you travel.
You can read more information about our jet lag treatment at the bottom of the page, or set up an account to message one of our doctors for free.
Why choose us?
- Get the most suitable treatment for you
- Fill in a short questionnaire to get a prescription for your chosen treatment
- Your jet lag treatment can be ordered online with us
- Have your jet lag treatment delivered direct to your door, or collect from an Asda Pharmacy
How do jet lag tablets work?
We provide melatonin tablets (known by the brand name Circadin) that can be used for the treatment of jet lag in adults. Melatonin is a hormone produced by the body, which helps to control your sleep cycle. Melatonin tablets add to the body’s natural supply of the hormone. This should make your symptoms less severe.
The advised dose for adults is 1 melatonin 3mg tablet daily, which you take for a maximum of 5 days. If the effects of the melatonin tablets are not working, 2 tablets can be taken together.
You should take your first dose once you arrive at your destination, at your usual bedtime. You can then continue to take it at bedtime for a total of 5 nights. You should not take melatonin any earlier than 8pm or any later than 4am.
Melatonin tablets should be swallowed whole with water. You should not eat 2 hours before or 2 hours after you have taken the tablet. Melatonin tablets can be taken for a maximum of 16 treatment periods over 12 months.
Melatonin tablets are slow releasing and normally take around 1 to 2 hours to kick in. When you take melatonin tablets, it lets your body know it’s time for bed, which will help you relax and fall asleep.
Jet lag happens when your normal sleep pattern is disrupted after a long flight. Jet lag can affect anyone who travels quickly across several time zones. When you travel a long distance, your body’s natural clock (circadian rhythm) is still used to your original time zone, rather than the time zone you have travelled to, which causes jet lag. The more time zones you cross, the higher chance you have of getting jet lag.
While you may get jet lag after a change of three or more time zones, some individuals can be affected by one single time zone. Each person will react differently and not everyone who goes on a long flight will get jet lag.
Other factors can increase your chance of jet lag, such as:
- amount of layovers
- direction of travel
- local daylight hours
- long periods of sitting on a plane
- the total distance of travel
If you have jet lag you may have:
- difficulty sleeping at bedtime
- poor sleep quality
- memory and concentration problems
- an upset stomach
- mood changes, like feeling irritated
Any jet lag symptoms above should go away within a couple of days. Symptoms will go as your body gets used to the new time zone. There are several things you can do during your flight that may reduce the effects of jet lag.
- drinking plenty of water
- keeping active by walking around the cabin regularly
- trying to sleep if it is nighttime at your destination
- using earplugs and an eye mask to help you sleep
Jet lag treatment like melatonin tablets cannot be sold over the counter in the UK. Melatonin tablets require a prescription. You can use our service that will make sure you get doctor prescribed and approved medication. Once one of our doctors has approved your jet lag treatment, it can be delivered directly to your door, or you can collect it from your local Asda pharmacy.
Like with any medicine, jet lag treatment can cause side effects. However, not everybody gets them.
Some common side effects can include:
- feeling tired or sleepy during the day
- feeling irritable
- nausea (feeling sick)
- dry mouth
Uncommon side effects include:
- high blood pressure
- itching, rash, dry skin
- mouth ulcers
Although rare, there are some serious side effects of jet lag treatment, like:
- blurry vision
- unexplained bruising
- feeling sad or low (a sign of depression)
- serious allergic reaction to melatonin (anaphylaxis)
If you get any common or uncommon side effects of jet lag treatment, you should stop taking the medicine and see your doctor or pharmacist for advice. Should you get serious side effects, you must visit A&E or seek medical help right away.
While many people take jet lag treatment with no problems, it is not suitable for some individuals.
You should speak to your doctor if you have:
- kidney or liver problems
- previous allergic reaction to melatonin
- rheumatoid arthritis
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or thinking of having a baby, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist for advice before you take jet lag treatment as melatonin tablets are not recommended. Not enough research has been carried out on whether melatonin tablets are safe for you and your baby. If you plan to drive while away from home, jet lag treatment can cause drowsiness and make you less alert for a couple of hours after you take them. This means jet lag treatment should not be taken before driving or using machinery.
When you take jet lag treatment, you should avoid too many drinks with caffeine, like tea, coffee, or cola. This is because caffeine is a stimulant, which has the opposite effect of melatonin in your body. Caffeine can reduce the effectiveness of melatonin tablets.
Alcohol can worsen the symptoms of jet lag and affect your sleep pattern, so it’s advised not to drink alcohol while using melatonin.
Check with your doctor if you are using any regular medications, to make sure these are safe to use when taking melatonin. You should talk to your doctor if you are currently taking, have recently taken, or plan to take the medicines below as they may increase the effect of melatonin.
- Psoralens: Used to treat skin disorders like psoriasis.
- Fluvoxamine: Used to treat obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and depression.
- Quinolones: Used to treat bacterial infections.
- Cimetidine: Used to treat stomach problems like ulcers.
- Warfarin: Used to think the blood
- Sedative medications
If you take herbal remedies or supplements, you should stop doing so while taking jet lag treatment, as they can make you feel sleepy. Herbal remedies can increase the sedating effects of your jet lag treatment, causing you to feel drowsy.
Dr Kathryn Basford
Dr Kathryn Basford is a qualified GP who works as a GP in London, as well as with ZAVA. She graduated from the University of Manchester and completed her GP training through Whipps Cross Hospital in London.Meet our doctors
Article created: 02 Sep 2021
Last reviewed: 02 Sep 2021
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