Is using melatonin to help fall asleep safe?

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My mom got some and I'm wondering if it's safe to use. Is it actually effective? And are there any other issues associated with it?
 

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Dotini
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I've used melatonin for quite a few years, 500 mcg tablets, one or at most two, to promote sleep. I find it effective, and without problems.

I'm unaware of any safety issues associated with its use, although you will have slightly more, shall we say, "lurid" dreams. :)


Respectfully submitted,
Steve
 
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Please be careful when self medicating. Always see your doctor before you decide to use over the counter medications.

If you're considering taking melatonin supplements, check with your doctor first — especially if you have any health conditions. The correct dose depends on the intended use. For example, circadian rhythm sleep disorders are often treated with 0.5 milligrams of melatonin a day, while doses of 3 to 5 milligrams a day might be used to treat jet lag or reduce the time it takes to fall asleep. In addition, remember that melatonin is generally recommended only for short-term use — up to two months.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/melatonin-side-effects/AN01717
 
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Monique
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The timing that melatonin is taken is also of importance, it can deregulate sleep rhythm when taken at the wrong hour.
 
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Melatonin has very few side-effects in the short-term, as long as you don't overdose. The main problems with overdosing is hypothermia.

However, I would avoid it unless you have serious problems with sleeping. Animal studies are showing that it increases the risk of cancer, and damages the retina.
 
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Being a Doctor's Assistant, i'll say Melatonin is completely safe and can be taken to fall asleep but make you'll consult your Doctor before taking it....
 

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