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Is it safe for teenagers to use melatonin?

Is it safe for teenagers to use melatonin?

Must ask why need it: Although melatonin is quite safe in the recommended doseages and has been used in children as young as 6 months and up. To help with troubled-sleeping issue...Often trouble with falling asleep or jetlag issues etc... I would do is first to find out why the teen needs this-consult doc. Avoid use with other meds that can cause drowsiness and some blood pressure meds-- good luck.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Melatonin (Definition)

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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Are melatonin supplements safe for teenagers?

Melatonin can: Be used by a teenager. However, don't know what dose you are referrring to.

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Is melatonin safe?

Is melatonin safe?

Agree W Dr. Jacobsen: Concur that with the exceptions he listed that Melatonin is a safe approach to insomnia.

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Is melatonin safe and how much can I take?

Commonly used: Many people have reported response with dosage up to 3mg per day.

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Is melatonin safe a month after expiration?

Safe: It is safe but the potency and effectiveness declines over time. Discard it and get a new bottle even so.

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Is melatonin 3mg nightly safe for long term use?

Yes: Conventional wisdom is that this is as natural a sleep aid as possible, and safe for longer term use.

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Is it actually healthy for a teen to take melatonin?

Is it actually healthy for a teen to take melatonin?

Yes: As a sleep aid, it appears to be safe. With no significant side effects.

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How much melatonin is safe to take at once. 130 pounds?

Start with 1 mg: I do not recommend high doses that is often by health professionals. Melatonin is a natural chemical secreted by cells in certain parts of the brain. A poor sleep pattern, perhaps caused by change in normal body's diurnal rhythm (long air flights, night shift work, long hours of study at night) can be helped by melatonin, but suggest 1mg, 2mg, 3mg, each for 1 week; no help? Fogetaboitit-:).

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Where do I get melatonin? Safe to use too. Any particular brands or names?

Where do I get melatonin? Safe to use too. Any particular brands or names?

Anywhere really: Melatonin is over the counter and not by prescription in the US You can get it at any pharmacy, grocery, or health food store. I have no brand name favorites but be a savvy consumer and read ingredient labels. Stay away from added sugars, dyes, fillers, and other JUNK....what you want to pay for is MELATONIN. Careful using melatonin with some prescription medications for depression, etc.

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How much melatonin is okay for a 175lb adult? Is it habit forming, or safe?

Melatonin is safe: There is no known toxicity. However, if 3 0r 6 mg of melatonin is ineffective for sleep, then 30 mg will be also. I have used as much as 30 mg daily in patients with brain cancer, but generally 0.5 mg to 3 mg is enough for sleep. Ask your doctor or herbalist for more help if that dose is not useful.

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Is there really no issue for teenagers to take melatonin or valerian root?

Is there really no issue for teenagers to take melatonin or valerian root?

Medicines for teens: Melatonin is a natural hormone used to help induce sleep, especially helpful when it comes to jet lag. This has been studied in children and found to be safe. There is no way to overdose. Valerian root is an herbal medicine. I am not aware of any study to show its safety in children. It is used for anxiety and insomnia but its effectiveness is not clear. I would not suggest using it.

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Is melatonin safe to take for jet lag?

Is melatonin safe to take for jet lag?

AASM guidlines: When time at destination is expected to be brief, keeping home-based sleep hours, rather than adopting destination sleep hours, may reduce sleepiness and jet lag symptoms. In addition, the combination of morning exposure to bright light and shifting the sleep schedule one hour earlier each day for three days prior to eastward travel may lessen symptoms of jet lag. Use from 0.5 to 5mg - before bed.

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Is it safe to take melatonin every night?

It is preferrable: Not to use long term- but I have many patients who do use it long term with success. Are you using excellent sleep hygiene? If not- try that first. 1. Keep regular bed ; wakening time (includes weekends). Get up same time daily. 2. Make a regular, relaxing bedtime routine: warm bath or shower, aromatherapy, reading, or listening to gentle music. 3. Sleep in dark, quiet, cool room w comfortable.

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Is it safe to take 3 pills of 5 mg melatonin?

Below: 15 mg is not a toxic dose. But I would suggest discussing you sleeping problems with your DR to try to find another solution.

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Is it safe to take 3mg Melatonin every night?

Is it safe to take 3mg Melatonin every night?

Sleep hygiene a must: Should be ok but I recommend you check with your doctor about your other prescriptions, I am available for second opinion if needed