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melatonin overdose in children

A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Drowsy,weak, shakey: People feel drowsy, weak, and disoriented when they take excessive amounts of this drug. They may also feel shaky and notice a headache, . Some people ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Wilson
20 years experience Sleep Medicine
Sure: You can overdose on anything, even water. I normally don't see a role for more than 3mg of melatonin though occasionally i've used 10mg for certain he ... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Rhoads
37 years experience Family Medicine
Few studies done.: "There are very few short-term and no long-term safety data. Toxicological studies have shown that a lethal dose could not be obtained even at extreme ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Nothing: You may get tired; don't drive a car or operate machinery. However, if you are thinking of harming yourself -- don't do it, and phone a crisis line no ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Sneid
40 years experience Endocrinology
Melatonin: Can accumulate in the liver with long periods of high dosage. Am not sure what the potentially lethal dose would be, since many pills do not contain a ... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Melatonin OD: Possible, depending on the dose. Also, seizures & elevation in blood pressure were reported.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ancona
Specializes in Pediatrics
One half to two mgs: Melatonin is relatively safe at most doses. It does not appear that the effect of melatonin is dose related so most children should take either one h ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Melatonin: Anything is dangerous in overdose. Before you take too much of anything, talk to your doctor or counselor. If you are asking how much to take for inso ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Cohen
36 years experience Psychiatry
Overdose rare: Melatonin is sedating and i would not recommend more than 10 mg to help with insomnia. While melatonin overdosages rarely are dangerous, dosages above ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Suzanne Ducate
Specializes in Psychiatry
It is unlikely: Prozac (fluoxetine) is very safe in overdose and the combination with melatonin, an over the counter sleep aid/supplement would add very little risk.

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