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Parents of ADHD Teens and Young Adults

Melatonin vs valerian

My grandson is 17 and has difficulty going to sleep at night, without Melatonin. I have read about the pros and cons of this hormone. Does anyone have any info. on Valerian, another type of medication that may be helpful?
Thank you,


I have rhuematoid arthritis and it was suggested to me to take it instead of muscle relaxer I just looked it up on this is what I came up with…

“Valerian is an herb. Medicine is made from the root.

Valerian is most commonly used for sleep disorders, especially the inability to sleep (insomnia). It is frequently combined with hops, lemon balm, or other herbs that also cause drowsiness. Some people who are trying to withdraw from the use of “sleeping pills” use valerian to help them sleep after they have tapered the dose of the sleeping pill. There is some scientific evidence that valerian works for sleep disorders, although not all studies are positive.

Valerian is also used for conditions connected to anxiety and psychological stress including nervous asthma, hysterical states, excitability, fear of illness (hypochondria), headaches, migraine, and stomach upset.

Some people use valerian for depression, mild tremors, epilepsy, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

Valerian is used for muscle and joint pain. Some women use valerian for menstrual cramps and symptoms associated with menopause, including hot flashes and anxiety.

Sometimes, valerian is added to bath water to help with restlessness and sleep disorders.

In manufacturing, the extracts and oil made from valerian are used as flavoring in foods and beverages.

How does it work?
Valerian seems to act like a sedative on the brain and nervous system.”

Posted by sammi1966 on Nov 13, 2013 at 3:43am

My 23 yo son has taken valerian and melatonin. He said the valerian depressed him a bit after taking for several nights so stopped. He has enough issues with depression. The melatonin alone was not enough, however, so now he takes Lunesta along with the melatonin. He loves Lunesta!

I remember reading or hearing somewhere that one of the dangers of using valerian long-term is that it may cause depression.

Posted by Mom2ADDSon on Nov 17, 2013 at 3:26am

I took Valerian myself for a while.  It seemed to build up in my system and I was more lethargic during the day.  I personally like melatonin better.  Sometimes I switch from melatonin to SleepMD (Wal-Mart has it) just to keep my body from getting to used to one or the other (not sure if that’s even possible).  SleepMD has some Valerian but not as much as straight.

Posted by lmcmurphy on Dec 29, 2013 at 8:55am

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