We can buy melatonin over the counter here but it is a much lower dose than by prescription.The GP had not said that only that it needs specialist initiation. Health supplement stores don't stock it either...Holland and Barrat advised me it's a script supplement so their not allowed to stock it...I found this strange if it's a natural supplement why cant they. I'm off to the pharmacist today to get dad started on it...pharmacist said they will help with dosing and assisting me
Could your GP refer you to a geriatrician or gerontologist, different name but they deal with illnesses of the aged. My GP referred my husband to a geriatrician who then referred my husband to the memory clinic and reviews him every six months. Someone like that may be of some assistance. You don't really need a psychiatrist to prescribe a sleep medication.
I can understand that a doctor may be reluctant to prescribe sleeping medication for a person with dementia.
There are other medications other than Zoplicone that could be worth a try.