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Medical Is using melatonin to help fall asleep safe?

  1. Jun 20, 2012 #1
    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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  3. Jun 20, 2012 #2

    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. :)


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    Steve
     
  4. Jun 20, 2012 #3

    Evo

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

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/melatonin-side-effects/AN01717
     
  5. Jun 20, 2012 #4

    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.
     
  6. Jun 21, 2012 #5
    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.
     
  7. Jun 22, 2012 #6
    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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