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Jet Lag

Alternate Names : Time Zone Change Syndrome

Jet Lag | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

There are no medical treatments for jet lag. Time will make jet lag disappear. When multiple time zones are crossed, such as in overseas travel, some people may want to use a mild sedative, sleeping pill, or melatonin to help "reset" their internal body clocks and get enough sleep.

What are the side effects of the treatments?

Sedatives, such as diazepam, and sleeping pills, such as diphenhydramine, may cause prolonged sleepiness and may impair coordination. Melatonin may not work in some people and has caused sexual dysfunction in animals.

What happens after treatment for the condition?

People gradually adjust to the new time zones and need no further treatment.

How is the condition monitored?

People can monitor their own symptoms of jet lag.

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Author: John Riddle
Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
Date Reviewed: 08/09/01

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