Jet lag

Prevent jet lag symptoms with Melatonin 3mg medication available to buy from Dr Fox Pharmacy after completing a short health assessment online.

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Jet lag medication

All medicine supplied is UK licensed.

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Melatonin (3mg)

£23.80 for 30 tablets

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Prices

Prices of Melatonin 3mg tablets from Dr Fox Pharmacy (in stock)
30 tablets60 tablets
Melatonin 3mg£23.80£45.30

Prescription fees

Dr Fox supplies medicine on prescription and charges a small prescription fee based on the order value of each prescription.

Prescriptions are issued by our doctors online and sent electronically to our pharmacy.

Order valuePrescription fee
up to £10£1.00
up to £20£2.00
up to £40£3.00
over £40£4.00

If you have your own private or NHS paper prescription please post to our pharmacy (details).

Dr Fox prices are 25%–50% lower than other UK online clinics.

Delivery charges

UK delivery only: £2.90 per consultation via Royal Mail 24 Signed For (1-3 working days with tracking).

Parcel forwarding services are not permitted. Use only UK home or work delivery address.

Returns and refunds - unwanted items can be returned within 14 working days for a full refund.

Medical information

Written and reviewed by a team of doctors. Dr Fox is regulated by the CQC & GPhC.

About jet lag and melatonin

Melatonin 3mg tablets are licensed in the UK to treat and prevent jet lag. Melatonin is a natural hormone that helps regulate the body's day night rhythm - the body clock. In jet lag, the internal body clock is out of sync with the actual time zone, due to rapid travel between time zones. Taking extra melatonin, as tablets at bedtime, can help the body clock to adjust more quickly, so reducing the symptoms of jet lag. Melatonin should encourage sleep but it is not a sleeping tablet.

Dr Fox can only prescribe melatonin for jet lag not for other conditions such as chronic insomnia or shift work.

How many tablets do I need?

A pack of 30 melatonin 3mg tablets is sufficient to treat between 3 and 6 episodes of jet lag, depending whether one or two tablets is taken each day. The maximum number of treatments is 16 per year.

How to take melatonin for jet lag

Adults only. Once arrived at your destination, take one or two 3mg tablets daily at bed-time. Go to bed at the same time in your new time zone as your usual bedtime.

Take two tablets if one does not work. Do not take before 8pm or after 4am. Best taken with liquid (not alcohol) preferably on an empty stomach (no food for 2 hours before and after). Forgotten tablets can be taken late, but not after 4am. Do not take double doses to make up for a missed dose.

A full course is 5 days, but you can stop early if symptoms have settled.

Taking more than the recommended dose (overdose) is likely to cause drowsiness, headache, dizziness, and nausea. Seek medical advice if you do not feel well.

Can anyone take melatonin?

For adults only (over 18s). Some people with pre-existing medical conditions or taking certain medications should not take melatonin. This includes people with epilepsy, autoimmune disease, diabetes and kidney and liver impairment. A full list of interacting medicines can be found in the patient information leaflet supplied with the melatonin tablets. Checks for suitability are carried out in the online consultation which is part of the ordering process.

Melatonin and pregnancy, breastfeeding, and fertility

The effects of melatonin on unborn babies and breast-fed infants is unknown and therefore melatonin should not be taken in pregnancy or when breastfeeding. Women who might otherwise become pregnant whilst taking melatonin must use effective contraception.

Side effects of melatonin and cautions

Melatonin causes drowsiness. Do NOT drive, cycle, or operate machinery after taking melatonin and take care with these activities during a course of jet lag treatment.

As with all medicines, some people experience side effects, although in most cases these are not serious.

Contact a doctor immediately if you develop any of these uncommon but serious side effects:

  • Chest pain (uncommon affecting 1 in 100).
  • Palpitations, fainting, disorientation, visual symptoms (1 in 1000).
  • Allergic reactions including swelling of the tongue and mouth.

Rarely (1 in 1000) there can be effects on the blood leading to fewer white blood cells or platelets and this may cause bruising, bleeding or blood in the urine, or an increased infection risk. Contact a doctor if you develop any of these symptoms.

Up to 1 in 10 people may experience headache or daytime drowsiness. Sometimes women, and occasionally men, may experience milk leakage from the breasts. More information on side effects is found in the manufacturer's patient information leaflet.

Other measures to help with jet lag

  • Before you travel try going to bed at a time closer to the destination bedtime. Make sure you have enough sleep in the days before you travel.
  • Keep as calm and relaxed as possible during travel.
  • Drink plenty to keep hydrated, especially during the flight.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Move around during the flight when you can.
  • Adjust the time on your watch to the destination time at the start of the flight.
  • Sleep during the journey only during 'night time hours' on destination time.
  • On arrival try to sleep and eat at destination times.
  • Stay in a dark bedroom during the night, even if you are awake.
  • Try to avoid naps during the day.
  • Spend time out of doors, especially in the afternoons if travelling West, and in the mornings if travelling East, as bright natural light helps with adjustment. Alternatively use a SAD light at these times.
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Dr Fox pharmacy supplies melatonin 3mg medication on prescription – you are required to answer a short medical questionnaire before your order can be completed.

Dr Tony Steele

Authored 14 February 2020 by Dr Tony Steele
MB ChB Sheffield University 1983. Former hospital doctor and GP.

Reviewed by Dr A. Wood, Dr C. Pugh, Dr B. Babor, Dr P. Hunt
Last reviewed 12 January 2022
Last updated 17 January 2022

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Order travel medicines only if absolutely certain you will travel.

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Have you read the medical information?

Read the jet lag medical information. Dr Fox can only prescribe melatonin for jet lag not for other conditions such as chronic insomnia or shift work.

Have you been diagnosed with any of the following?

  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance
  • Significant liver or kidney disease (ask your doctor if not sure)
  • Autoimmune disease (any illness caused by antibodies to healthy body organs)

Do any of the following apply to you?

  • Breastfeeding (risk unknown, not suitable)
  • Pregnant (risk unknown, not suitable)
  • Might become pregnant and not using effective contraception

Are you taking any of the following medications?

  • Fluvoxamine - depression, OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder)
  • Psoralen - part of PUVA light treatment for skin conditions like psoriasis
  • Cimetidine - rarely used for stomach acid
  • Oestrogen - combined contraceptives or HRT (hormone replacement)
  • Quinolone antibiotics - rarely used (e.g. ciprofloxacin, moxifloxacin)
  • Other sleeping tablets/remedies
  • Rifampicin - antibiotic for tuberculosis
  • Carbamazepine - epilepsy, bipolar disorder, trigeminal neuralgia
  • Warfarin - blood thinner requiring regular blood tests

Are you aware melatonin can cause drowsiness?

Melatonin may impair driving, cycling, and operating machinery.

Do you have any further medical information or questions?

Is there anything you do not understand or do you need further help?

Do all the following apply to you?

  • The medication is for my own use and I will not share with anyone else
  • I will read the patient information leaflet supplied with the medication
  • I am over 18 and I agree to identity verification checks
  • I have completed this questionnaire myself and fully understand all the information
  • My responses are honest and accurate, and I understand that this is necessary for a safe medical assessment
  • I agree to the terms & conditions, privacy policy, & data sharing policy

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