One of the main factors that could influence the progress of drug therapies is the interaction between different drugs, or foods.
In fact, we have already seen on other occasions that there are particular foods that could make some drugs ineffective, if taken together. For example, anyone taking this drug should stop consuming cheese and dairy products right away.
In this article, we will discover another type of interaction, this time between two drugs, which could result in serious health risks. In fact, those taking anticoagulants should beware of this common sleep-inducing drug.
An ally drug for sleep
One of the most used drugs to counteract insomnia is melatonin.
This drug, which we can find in tablets in pharmacies, is synthesized to calm sleep disorders.
It is taken, for example, if you want to avoid sudden sudden awakenings; or, if you have difficulty falling asleep. The purpose of melatonin is, in fact, to reduce the time needed to fall asleep and allow a long rest.
In this sense, it could also be useful to eat this particular type of kiwi after dinner to help you sleep. Or, spinach, which has always been an ally of those suffering from insomnia, could be effective.
Melatonin in nature
Melatonin is a hormone already naturally produced by our body, more precisely by the pineal gland. Referred to as “the third eye”, this gland is fundamental in regulating the sleep-wake cycle.
However, it must be considered that the production of melatonin decreases with increasing age. It is for this reason that, especially in the elderly, cases of insomnia or early awakening are more frequent.
This hormone is also found naturally in some types of fruit, such as bananas and oranges, or in extra virgin olive oil.
However, those taking blood thinners should be wary of this common sleep-inducing drug
As reported by the Istituto Superiore di Sanità, melatonin, taken with the due doses and precautions, is generally safe. However, it may cause some unwanted effects, such as dizziness, nausea, headache and sleepiness. Also, its use is not recommended if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have an autoimmune disease.
There is also another case in which it is preferable not to take melatonin, ie in conjunction with anticoagulants. These drugs are generally used to inhibit the clotting process and therefore to reduce the possibility of blood clots, heart attacks and strokes.
Melatonin could increase the effect of these drugs and cause bleeding and bleeding.