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My son took like 5 or 6 tablets of melatonin what should I do?

My son took like 5 or 6 tablets of melatonin what should I do?

Call poison control: Be safe and call 1-800-222-1222 to be certain and safe about the ingestion and possible effects. Tell them the amount, timing and weight of your son. ...Read more

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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Why west jet lag causes early awakerning? Can't this be corrected by melatonin like when flying east?

Why west jet lag causes early awakerning? Can't this be corrected by melatonin like when flying east?

Varies for many: There are all kinds of supposed remedies for jet lag, and what works for one person may not work for another. Some people even try and keep their same schedule regardless of the time change. Melatonin has had some positive effects, but most of the time, it is a trail and error experience. ...Read more

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I am currently taking melatonin every night. I like to know besides helping me to sleep, are there other benefits.

I am currently taking melatonin every night. I like to know besides helping me to sleep, are there other benefits.

Good question!: New research indicates that melatonin does much more than help some people sleep better. Studies show that melatonin’s multifaceted effects may improve treatment outcomes in cancer patients and extend their lives. Also may contribute to guarding the nervous system against degenerative diseases—such as alzheimer’s disease and stroke—and preventing debilitating migraines. ...Read more

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My 2yo got ahold of 3mg melatonin. It doesn't seem like he got many, but Know he ate one for sure. I Know it is naturally produced, but what should ido?

My 2yo got ahold of 3mg melatonin. It doesn't seem like he got many, but Know he ate one for sure. I Know it is naturally produced, but what should ido?

Call Poison Control: 1 (800) 222-1222
American Association of Poison Control Centers

Talking with a representative can help you determine the level of risk following the ingestion. They can then further advise you as to the proper action. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is melatonin safe?

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

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Is melatonin addicting?

No!: Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone produced by the pineal gland in the brain; used as an over-the-counter sleep aid, it does not cause physical dependence which some of the prescribed medications might. ...Read more

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Melatonin side affects?

Melatonin: Headaches, nausea, grogginess, irritability, hypothermia, & postural hypotension. Such symptoms are mild & transient. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take melatonin?

Should not be a prob: There are not very many known side effects of melatonin. My advice "do not take it for long term sleep problems" just use it for the days you have problems with sleep cycle. Because we do not know long term effects of taking it. Look for USP certified dietary supplements. ...Read more

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Melatonin overdose symptoms?

Melatonin overdose symptoms?

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 begin having psychotic thoughts and feeling depressed, which can be harmful in itself. ...Read more

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Research on melatonin pills?

Not sure: Melatonin is not classified by the fda as a "drug" like Ambien or Lunesta (eszopiclone) so there is not too much info in the us. It is available over the counter for sleep. For good information you must look into european websites and journals where this has been used for more years than here. ...Read more

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Why is melatonin bad for you?

Typically not bad: Melatonin is not "bad" for you if taken within normal dosages. Melatonin can help regulate sleep rhythms, if taken daily in moderate doses. ...Read more

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Can melatonin be taken daily?

Everyday: I am assuming that what you have meant is can it be taken consecutive days. Otherwise if you question is regarding can it be taken during the day, that could be a problem. It should be taken in the evening when it is getting dark to help synchronize your body clock to get sleepy about 4 hours after taking. ...Read more

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500mg of melatonin is ok to take?

500mg of melatonin is ok to take?

No, that would be a: Massive dose. Use excellent sleep hygiene. Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading. ...Read more

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Can I take melatonin every night?

Catch your zzz's: Yes, you can take melatonin every night. It is safe and works well. Wishing you sweet dreams! ...Read more

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How should I safely use melatonin?

Melatonin: Please go on-line and read up about melatonin.

It is predominantly linked to animals - not humans - but from time to time it can be helpful with sleep disorder. Just don't overdo it. ...Read more

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Can you take melatonin every night?

Can you take melatonin every night?

It appears so: Hi. I've seen a wide range of clinical effectiveness between individuals, but I know of no data to suggest it's not safe to take every night. Melatonin seems to be very safe. ...Read more

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Does taking melatonin every night bad?

Melatonin: Melatonin if taken to help you sleep at night and taken as directed should be safe. This is a substance your pineal gland produces to help regulate your sleep awake cycle. ...Read more

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What can occur if I took 5 melatonin?

If you took 5 1 mg: Melatonin tablets - that might be effective for sleep. If you take 5 10 mg of melatonin - then you would have taken an overdose. Always start with lowest dose in order to be able to determine which is the lowest dosage that is effective for you. ...Read more

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Is it possible to overdose on melatonin?

OD on Melatonin: Possible, so is true with any medication or supplement at toxic doses. ...Read more

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Is it bad to take melatonin every night?

It is preferable not: To. However, many patients do. My first question is are you checking your sleep habits meticulously? Sleep hygiene is important. 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 mattress ; pillows. ...Read more

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What to do if I took 50 mg of melatonin?

What to do if I took 50 mg of melatonin?

That is an: Overdose. If you took this large an overdose - please seek evaluation at an emergency room. Don't drive yourself as you could fall asleep at the wheel. Symptoms of melatonin overdose may include: drowsiness, dizziness, weakness, confusion, seizures, headaches, liver problems ; psychosis. ...Read more

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Is it possible to overdose on melatonin?

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 extremely high doses. " What that means, is that there may be but we don't know for sure. So don't try it. You would hate to be the "case report" for a serious complication from high dose melatonin. If you feel like harming yourself, please go to the ER ...Read more

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What happens if I take 15mg of melatonin?

What happens if I take 15mg of melatonin?

May improve sleep: The range of effective doses for melatonin can vary from person to person. The maximum dose recommended is 20 mg. Check with your physician about any possible interactions with your medications. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What is the overdosage amount for melatonin?

What is the overdosage amount for melatonin?

>10 mg: Recommended dose is up to 10 mg per night. Larger doses may produce excessive drowsiness. Other central nervous system depressants may enhance the effects of melatonin. ...Read more