Missing In Iceland: Melatonin

Missing In Iceland: Melatonin

1939803_10203029542477066_2004537775_n_opt
Photos by
Art Bicnick

Published February 7, 2017

For better or worse, there are lots of things that you won’t find in Iceland. Amongst these things is melatonin. Why can’t you find this common sleep aid anywhere for sale in Iceland? Because of European and Icelandic laws: you can get melatonin in Iceland, but only by prescription, and at a cost up to ten times greater than what you might find in Europe or North America. Melatonin is classified as medicine in Iceland, and the law specifically prohibits individuals from importing medicine from outside Europe for personal use. This law is reportedly in place to ensure that imported medicine is safe and effective. Recent research has shown that melatonin can induce certain unpleasant side effects, such as temporary depressive symptoms and daytime sleepiness, and it is still a matter of contention in many countries in the world if melatonin is safe enough to sell over the counter. That said, certain enterprising Icelanders have established Facebook groups specifically for the purpose of importing melatonin, so chances are a careful Facebook search could help you get your hands on melatonin in Iceland without having to go to a doctor first, or having to pay the exorbitant price being asked for it.


Mag
Opinion
Don’t Ask Nanna: About Annoying Tourists

Don’t Ask Nanna: About Annoying Tourists

by

Hey Nanna Yesterday I saw two tourists staging their coffee and breakfast at Roasters. One of them even stepped on

Mag
Opinion
Icelandic Facebook Groups: Beauty Tips!

Icelandic Facebook Groups: Beauty Tips!

by

Iceland has a peculiar obsession with Facebook groups. Think about it: with a population of around 330,000 it’s not unreasonable

Mag
Opinion
Ramsplaining: The Icelandic Word of 2016

Ramsplaining: The Icelandic Word of 2016

by

Hey girl, let me tell you about the Icelandic word of 2016, hrútskýring. It’s a portmanteau of the words hrútur

Mag
Opinion
Don’t Ask Nanna About: Meeting Locals

Don’t Ask Nanna About: Meeting Locals

by

Dear Nanna, I’m traveling with my girlfriend over the Christmas/New Year’s period, I read on the Grapevine that mostly locals

Mag
Opinion
Top 5 Places Trump & Putin Should Go If They Meet In Iceland

Top 5 Places Trump & Putin Should Go If They Meet In Iceland

by

Last weekend, The Sunday Times reported that US President Elect and short-fingered shouting enthusiast Donald Trump might be planning a

Mag
Opinion
Last Words: Die Before You Die

Last Words: Die Before You Die

by

Death is everywhere on New Year’s Eve. This is the time we choose to purify ourselves. The death of time,

Show Me More!