A 27-year-old female asked:
have been taking melatonin to help me sleep since i've quit smoking. been taking 6 mg of melatonin a night for 23 nights but heard that's really bad. am i able to just stop and minimize the side effects? i have noticed mood changes like crazy (super excit
2 doctor answers
Dr. Johanna Fricke answered
50 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Delayed sleep phase: syndrome in adults is treated from 2 weeks - 3 months with 6 mg. of Melatonin taken ½ hour -1 hour before desired bedtime. Melatonin is taken by adults for many reasons, in doses up to 20 mg./day. Mood changes are not reported side effects of Melatonin. Stop it if you wish. If your symptoms persist, seek referral to a psychiatrist & a psychologist for accurate diagnosis & treatment.
Answered on Dec 11, 2015
Dr. Steven Griggs answered
39 years experience Clinical Psychology
Some people have: paradoxical (opposite than expected) effects from Melatonin, including agitation, nightmares and, yes, sleeplessness--the very thing you take it for... (How are you quitting smoking? I wonder if your treatment for that has anything to do with your sx's?) Stopping is OK. Try other OTC sleep aids--Valerian Root, Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) herbal teas, etc. http://insomniactive.com/safe-melatonin-dosage/
Answered on May 11, 2016
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