Wednesday’s Ask Dr. Walt — Is Shuteye Safe With A Melatonin and Sleeping Pill Combo?

Dear Dr. Walt,

Is it safe to take melatonin along with a prescription sleeping pill like lorazepam (Ativan) or zolpidem (Ambien)?

—Looking for Rest in Rhode Island

Dear Sleepy,

Melatonin may increase side effects when taken with of anti-anxiety or sleep medications, although significant adverse events have not been reported in short-term studies.