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Already a member? in here. Medically reviewed and edited by Tod Cooperman, M. In Here. Find out if taking melatonin supplements can decrease the body's own natural production of melatonin endogenous melatonin , plus other factors that can decrease melatonin levels. ConsumerLabcom's answer explains. Find out if melatonin supplements can cause depression or make depression worse.
Find out if melatonin supplements can help with stomach pain, ulcers, reflux and dyspepsia, or if it can cause stomach upset. Melatonin interactions with drugs, including blood pressure medications, Xanax, Ambien, antidepressants, caffeine and more. Safety information on taking melatonin while using prescription sedatives or sleep aids like lorazepam Ativan or zolpidem Ambien. Learn more about the best way to take melatonin for better sleep.
When to take it, how to take it, and general melatonin information. Find out which supplements that may cause dizziness, vertigo, or imbalance, including garlic, melatonin, saw palmetto, and red yeast rice. Google "melatonin,diarrhea" and you will find that a small of people get serious diarrhea after just a few days on melatonin. Reply to this post…. It has been my experience that if melatonin seems to induce nightmares, then the dose is too high or it's not what is needed.
I have been taking it nightly for about 15 years. Sometimes I'm very wakeful AM anyway, but that's just aging, I think. And I have found that while I can get a little sleep without it, the quality of sleep is better with it. If you get up before melatonin has worn off, spending 5 to 10 minutes with sunshine beaming on your head not your skin may well help you with the sleepiness.
That has been my experience anyway. Still, you're out of luck if it's cloudy or you have to function before sunrise -- the grogginess persists. I have not tried to figure out if other light helps, because non-sunlight takes so long, if it helps at all. Several years ago my husband was taking melatonin for better sleep. At bedtime, he was taking melatonin for immediate release, plus a time-release melatonin.
He also usually ate a bowl of cherries which is high in melatonin. This was taking care of his sleep issues, but now he does not take melatonin at all. After many tests, the cause was never found, but due to even a remote possibility of melatonin being a factor, he no longer takes it. I'm a pharmacist ,and in my opinion melatonin is times better than taking most prescription sleeping pills that shorten your life , and are addictive.
I always recommended no more than 3 mg. Melatonin can cause a gassy diarrhea. This is especially pernicious because people often do not realize the cause and continue to take melatonin which makes the problem worse. I read about a small study where PCOS sufferers reduced their testosterone levels and increased their cycles by taking 2mg. My nineteen year old is trying it. Are there any health concerns with long term use? Hi Ruth - As noted in the answer above, melatonin should only be taken as needed for limited periods of time, and there is concern that long-term use may increase the risk of fractures.
It is sometimes difficult to find that dosage -- right now I am splitting 1 mg. I have found that if I take it to go back to sleep after waking up too early, say AM, I am groggy the next day. It helps initiate your brains natural sleep cycle. Not in an addictive sense, but psychologically I became anxious that I wouldn't be able to sleep without it. So I try and use it only when I am having trouble falling asleep naturally, as when I have had caffeine too late or didn't get enough physical exercise.
I take 0. It works well. I don't chew or swallow, i let it dissolve under my tongue. Trader Joe's brand works best. The high doses people mention here as 'low' don't surprise me as having weird effects. Stay low, it works better. I'm a woman 70 yrs, I take melatonin every evening 3 mg. I don't find any problem with it. This is something speciaI want to tell: I know a person who had been drinking lots of alcohol and taking all kinds of drugs, many many years.
Finally she got sober but insomnia was a bad problem. You can trust the doctors don't easily give prescription sleeping drugs to such a person but she really could not sleep at all without quite heavy medicins. Then she tried melatonin; if I hadn't seen it myself maybe I wouldn't believe that this natural and mild stuff helped her.
She was able to stop taking heavy sleeping drugs, and she says her dreams are nice and sweet, no nightmares any more. Maybe it's a how different all the people are. Melatonin makes my eyes very glassy for up to 18 hours after I take it. Even taking a dose as small as 1. I tried a low dose of Melatonin a few times and every time I had nightmares. I mentioned this to a friend and she had the same experience. My sisters have had the same experience. In response to Robert's comment about melatonin making him feel jittery, I have restless legs syndrome, and I have noticed that just 2 mg.
The Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation's medical bulletin mentions melatonin, along with other over the counter medications like antihistamines, as a substance that aggravates RLS symptoms. It would be helpful for the four percent or so of us that have this condition if you would mention this possible side effect of melatonin. Hi Judith - Thank you for sharing this. Melatonin makes me feel agitated, even in small doses. A good friends has the same reaction, as does my son. I'm surprised not to see mention of this possible side effect.
Hi Robert - Thank you for sharing your experience and your son's experience with this. Although as noted in the answer above, changes in mood have typically been reported at higher doses, one study reported increased "reactive aggression" in young men given a more typical dose. I have found that VERY low dose melatonin mcg - that's 0. But what has worked better still, in the two weeks I've been using it, is Dream Support for Women I'm a woman from weilvitaminadvisor.
This contains vervain, California poppy, valerian, and ashwagandha. This combination is said to be "evidence-based" and Dr. Andrew Weil is someone I trust - his books are thoughtful, and he got his M. Unfortunately it also contains mg calcium citrate with It's better to get it from diet. My next project is to look for the three herbs without the calcium. Thank you for sharing this Isabel. For your privacy, only your first name from your followed by a random will appear with your comment. Your last name and address will not be displayed. All rights reserved.
Answer: Melatonin supplements , taken in low to moderate doses 0. The most commonly reported side effect is drowsiness, followed by headache and dizziness. Drowsiness and impaired mental alertness and balance may occur for about six hours after taking melatonin these effects may last longer or carry over into the next morning if taking controlled-release, higher dose products.
Moderate to very high doses of melatonin have been reported to affect mood and behavior is some people. Melatonin should not be taken long-term, but only as needed for limited periods of time. Long-term use has been associated with increased risk of fractures in older adults, possibly due to an effect on bone metabolism.
Melatonin can may also affect blood pressure, aggressiveness, blood clotting, seizure activity, and, at very high doses, ovulation, depression, and schizophrenia. today to unlock all member benefits including full access to all CL Answers and over 1, reviews. now at www. Related CL Answers 9 Do melatonin supplements reduce the body's own production of melatonin?
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