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Change in formulation of Melatonin

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 Posted 5/16/2011 9:46:15 AM
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Anyone noticed a change in the effect of LEF's Melatonin 6 Hour Timed Release, 3 mg capsules?  I've used them for more than 12 years to combat fibromyalgia (I'm a type I diabetic with suppressed internal melatonin production).  My son also has used the capsules to help him sleep (he has Asperger's, which my wife said is associated with low melatonin production). 

They worked great for both of us, but in our most recent order, we found that the material inside the capsule is different. It used to be pelletized, but now it's a fine white powder.  In fact, the capsule and filler has exactly the same size, shape, color, odor and taste as my DHEA capsules, also from LEF.  My son immediately noticed the difference, and informed me that we had gotten the wrong pill.  I dismissed his concern by telling him that dealers sometimes change formulations, or manufacturers, but that the substance and effects of the supplement would be the same. 

Neither of us thought anything more of it until several days later, I started noticing my fibromyalgia symptoms returning (pain, stiffness, sore pressure points) and I was repeatedly awakening at night and having a hard time falling back asleep.  At the same time, I discovered that my 10-year-old son was getting up very early every morning (I could tell by searching browser histories on my computer).  Moreover, he was getting dark circles under his eyes, like he had before he started taking melatonin. 

I talked to a Health Advisor at LEF and was told that, yes, the formulation was changed and the material was no longer being pelletized.  She said that "new ingredients" were added to extend the absorption of the melatonin into the body.  She also took down my report and said that if many others had the same experience, they would consider going back to the old formulation.

Thus, I'm just wondering what others' experience with the new formulation of the timed-release capsule is ...


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