Melatonin & Epilepsy

Health

Hello, CEO Olivia here. We have fingers & paws crossed because in 8 days I will be 2 months seizure free. This will be the longest I’ve gone since the house fire in April of 2016. My huMom thinks that giving me Melatonin around the full moon might be a contributing factor. That & the fact that things have been reasonably calm at home.

Melatonin is a hormone made by the pineal gland, which is located in the brain of mammals. It stabilizes our circadian rhythm, which is our awake/sleep cycle. When released into the body, it’s saying, “time to close down for the night”.

It has been used for years to calm reactive dogs during thunderstorms or if fireworks are going to be near by. It seems to help those dogs with audio anxieties (fear of loud noises) especially.

There has been research suggesting that dogs with epilepsy might not produce enough melatonin naturally which may contribute to seizure activity. It was this assumption that got my huMom interested in trying it for me.

When I have a grand mal seizure, it’s almost always at night or very early morning. The full moon appears to be a trigger for me as often the epi-monster attacks around that time. Over the past few months, for three days before the full moon until three days after, I am given 3mg of melatonin with my dinner.

I show few side effects from the melatonin, During the day I may be a bit wobbly but I’m also much calmer & at night huMom says my sleep is deeper.

Melatonin is common enough that you can find it at any drug store. It comes in various dosages, I take 3mg. It can also be purchased in liquid form & there are even dog treats. I would suggest starting with a low dosage at first, side effects may include peeing more, or the dreaded diarrhea if the dosage is too high. Please consult your vet if this is new to your good dog.

I’m curious if any of my fellow epi-warriors take melatonin too. If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

CEO Olivia โค

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4 thoughts on “Melatonin & Epilepsy

  1. Hi Olivia. Congrats on being seizure free for an extended time period. That’s always great news amongst all the episodes-warriors and their uprights. I have not heard about this treatment and will look more into it. Elsa’s seizures don’t seem keyed in to phases of the moon that we’ve noticed but we’ll keep closer watch over than now that the Phenobarb has been reduced. Right now, we’re also using CBD oil 3 times a day with the smaller Phenobarb dosage and while I’ve had a couple minor seizures since the new dosage, any seizures have been very minor compared to before. Keep up the good work, girl. ๐Ÿ˜
    [P.S. Sorry for the delay in responding-it’s been a busy week and I’m ages behind in reading posts. Have a good weekend and thanks for sharing the info about Melatonin]

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    1. Yikes! Speaking of being ages behind post.
      Wooftastic to hear CBDs are helping you in managing your seizures.
      We’re super excited to move in a more holistic approach once we feel there is more control; less kindling.
      Sharing is caring๐Ÿ’œ

      Nose nudges,
      CEO Olivia

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