Choosing Generic vs Branded Circadin


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What is Circadin?

What is Circadin?

Circadin contains melatonin. Melatonin is a natural hormone that our body releases after the onset of darkness. It makes people feel sleepy and it helps to regulate the body’s circadian rhythm. Circadin is licensed to be used on its own for short-term use in people aged 55 and over, who find it difficult to get to, or to stay, asleep. It should not be used in people who cannot sleep due to a medical, mental or environmental cause. It is also used off-licence in the treatment of jet-lag. It has been found to be particularly effective in those who are travelling eastwards.

How can I buy Circadin?

Circadin is a Prescription Only Medicine (POM) and cannot be bought over the counter. If you are interested in this medicine, why not fill out our consultation questionnaire? This will be reviewed by one of our expert doctors who will advise if this medicine is suitable and safe for you.

Is there anybody who cannot use Circadin?

Circadin should not be taken by anybody with a hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients.

Circadin is not recommended for use in those with an autoimmune disease.

Circadin should be used in caution in people with renal or liver impairment and you should speak to your doctor before use as its use is not recommended.

Circadin interacts with various medicines and you should discuss with your doctor before use if you are taking other medications.

Some of the medicines that can interact with Circadin include; fluvoxamine, cimetidine, contraceptive or hormone replacement therapy oestrogens, quinolones, carbamazepine, and rifampicin.

Cigarette smoking while using Circadin can decrease Circadin levels and should be avoided while taking this medicine.

How do I take Circadin?

The usual dose is one 2mg tablet to be taken by mouth after food, 1 to 2 hours before bedtime. Tablets should be swallowed whole with a glass of water. Do not chew or crush.

Circadin can be used for up to 13 weeks.

Side Effects

Side Effects

By its nature, Circadin can cause drowsiness and so when using this medication no activities should be performed which would be dangerous to undertake when drowsy.

Some uncommon side effects include migraine, headache, dizziness, high blood pressure, abdominal pain, dry mouth, irritated skin, abnormal liver function tests, increased weight, nightmares, and anxiety.

Information Leaflet

Patient Information Leaflet

Always read the patient information leaflet before commencing treatment. View patient information leaflet.

Authored 22 April 2014 by Dr Clare Morrison Reviewed 31 January 2019 by Liyya Patel, Siobhan Titre Last updated 11 November 2018

Recent Circadin Reviews

5 / 5

Based on 2 independent customer reviews taken by Feefo (see all MedExpress Reviews).

"Great service"
By Richard on 25 June 2018


It is great fir helping catch up with sleep and travel


Fast efficient delivery ,sent product requested , very happy with service

By MedExpress Customer on 05 November 2019


Very useful to keep sleep patterns regulated, especially when traveling.


Professional and fast service.

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All our doctors and pharmacists are based in the UK and are registered with the General Medical Council and General Pharmaceutical Council.

Dr Clare Morrison

General Practitioner (Prescriber)
GMC: 3441561

Dr Heather Currie

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GMC: 2613354

Dr Syed Arfeen

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GMC: 6031426

Delivery Information

We’ve got a range of delivery options that suit you. All medication is sent using non-branded, discreet packaging.

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Signed For 1st Class £2.90

Usually Next Working Day (including Saturdays). May take up to 3 working days.

Orders placed before 4pm on weekdays will be dispatched the same day.

Special Delivery 1pm Guaranteed £5.95

Guaranteed Delivery Before 1pm Next Working Day (including Saturdays to residential addresses).

Orders placed before 4pm on weekdays will be dispatched the same day.

Special Delivery 9am Guaranteed £13.95

Guaranteed Delivery Before 9am Next Working Day (including Saturdays to residential addresses).

Orders placed before 4pm on weekdays will be dispatched the same day.

Post Office Collection £3.95

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Usually Next Working Day (including Saturdays). May take up to 3 working days.

Same Day Courier (London Only) £4.95-£19.95 (depends on distance)

Same day delivery (available Monday - Friday on orders placed before 4pm). Signature required on delivery.

Orders over the weekend will be delivered on Monday.

Delivery to remote Scottish Highlands & British Isles may not be guaranteed and may take longer than 1 day (more info) .

This product is not available for international shipping

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