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    Jet lag treatment

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    This jet lag treatment contains a hormone that can help you to sleep at night and reduce the effects of travelling across time zones.

    Taking jet lag treatment

    Take 1 tablet before bedtime for 2-4 days on arrival at your destination.

    Jet lag pills should not be taken for more than a few days, and should not be used as a cure for insomnia when not travelling. However, they are safe to use on a short-term basis as prescribed.

    How it works

    This jet lag treatment contains the active ingredient melatonin. This is a hormone that's produced naturally in the brain and helps to regulate sleep patterns.

    Side effects

    Side effects are uncommon, but can include feeling sick, headache, runny noise, sore throat, back pain and joint pains.

    For full information on side effects and correct use, see the patient information leaflet. If any side effects concern you, contact us via your Patient Record.


    While there's no conclusive evidence that this jet lag treatment works, studies seem to suggest that it can work if you're flying across many time zones.

    Drinking alcohol before or after you take this jet lag treatment can reduce how effective it is.

    Important information about jet lag treatment

    If you forget to take your tablet at the usual time, take it as soon as you remember before going to sleep. If it's day time, wait until it is time to take your next dose, then go on as before. Do not take 2 tablets to make up for a forgotten dose.

    This jet lag treatment is not suitable if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. The medicine is licensed to treat insomnia but is not licensed in the UK to treat jet lag.

    Safety: taking other medicines

    This jet lag treatment can be used alongside most  other medicines, but as with all medication there may be interactions with certain types. It is therefore important that you let us know which prescription, over-the-counter medicines and recreational drugs you are taking so that we can prescribe this treatment safely.

    Alternative treatments

    We only offer this treatment to treat jet lag. Other ways of managing or minimising the symptoms are to plan ahead and change your sleeping patterns, taking a walk in the fresh air and daylight on arrival, and avoiding caffeine and alcohol on the flight.

    How our service works

    1. Complete our simple, confidential online consultation

      5 mins

    2. One of our clinicians confirms your suitability and notifies you by email

      About 30 mins (Mon-Sun 9am-5pm)

    3. Choose delivery or collection

      Next day delivery

      Collect in your local ParcelShop​​​​​​​

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    Delivery & collection information

    • Standard delivery


      Delivered within 2-3 working days.

    • Next-day delivery


      Orders approved before 5pm Monday-Friday will arrive within 1-2 working days. Orders approved between 5pm Friday and 12pm Sunday will usually arrive on Monday or Tuesday.

    • Standard ParcelShop collection


      Collect from 7000+ convenient ParcelShops in 2-3 working days.

    • Next day ParcelShop collection


      Collect next day from 7000+ convenient ParcelShop locations, if approved before 5pm Monday-Friday. Saturday and Sunday orders, collect Monday if approved before 12pm Sunday or Tuesday if ordered after 12pm. 

    • London same-day collection


      Order before 5pm Monday-Friday to collect in pharmacy the same day. Subject to the availability of your treatment in your selected London pharmacy.

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