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Is it safe for an adult to take melatonin every night to help me fall asleep?

Is it safe for an adult to take melatonin every night to help me fall asleep?

Best resource: Based on available studies and clinical use, melatonin is generally regarded as safe in recommended doses (five milligrams daily) for up to two years. Available trials report that overall adverse effects are not significantly more common with melatonin than placebo. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/melatonin/ns_patient-melatonin/dsection=safety. ...Read more

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Melatonin_is a hormone that helps regulate sleep. Some studies suggest that there is abnormal melatonin production in children with autism and other developmental disorders. Several studies suggest that melatonin may be useful for improving sleep, if ...Read more


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I struggle to fall asleep at night & often suffer insomnia. Will melatonin work & is it safe?

I struggle to fall asleep at night & often suffer insomnia. Will melatonin work & is it safe?

Insomnia: Insomnia is a common but complex problem that affects a large number of people. There are numerous causes, and it is important to analyze all the causes and then treat the cause. You may need professional help with this. Melatonin in small doses of 1 or 2 mg at bedtime may help but it depends on the cause of the insomnia. I advise you do not take regular sleeping pills as these do not help you. ...Read more

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Severe insomnia.I wake every night at 5am and cant fall back asleep.cant fall asleep w/o taking alot of melatonin.I only get 4hrs of sleep.Any advice?

Severe insomnia.I wake every night at 5am and cant fall back asleep.cant fall asleep w/o taking alot of melatonin.I only get 4hrs of sleep.Any advice?

Can't sleep: Talk to your doctor about this & see if you need assessed for secondary insomnia (insomnia due to other organic or psychological factors) which can be treated. Meanwhile you can try the sleep hygiene techniques. Read my article on the topic. ...Read more

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Is melatonin safe to give to young children to help fall asleep? As well as other calming herbs like those found in teas?

Is melatonin safe to give to young children to help fall asleep? As well as other calming herbs like those found in teas?

No proven safety: Melatonin, hormone produced by pineal gland, appears to be linked to the body's sleep/wake cycle.Release of melatonin is stimulated by darkness and suppressed by light. Not enough studies have been performed on children about side effects of melatonin.. It also plays role in the way person's body matures sexually. Common side effects are daytime sleepiness, dizziness and headaches. ...Read more

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I take 15mg extended release adderall for adhd and sometimes I can't fall asleep. I'm 130 lbs should I take 5 or 10mg of melatonin?

I take 15mg extended release adderall for adhd and sometimes I can't fall asleep. I'm 130 lbs should I take 5 or 10mg of melatonin?

Melatonin - maybe no: Adderall will cause issues with insomnia but Melatonin may not be up to the task of counteracting this side effect and could actually worsen insomnia. Talk to a neurologist or psychiatrist to find out the best treatment option. Insomnia is a complex issue and it is important reversible causes have been ruled out and you have a treatment that will work well for you based on all of your medical hx. ...Read more

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