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Melatonin Side-Effects - Is Melatonin Safe?
Subject: Melatonin :: Too Much.
Can you take too much melatonin?
Find out about some side effects and a particular melatonin drug
According to many sources, melatonin (in recommended doses) appears
to be a safe treatment for sleep regulation.
A 5 year study on 5000 women in Holland revealed that melatonin
is apparently not dangerous (safety melatonin ) even when taken
in high doses of 75mg.
However at these high levels the
researchers reported that melatonin could
replace the birth control pill because the high dosage inhibits
oestrogen production (melatonin too much ).
The good news is that no reports have been found of this happening
when people take smaller recommended doses of melatonin (melatonin
too much ). So it's best to stick to the
small recommended doses only (melatonin too much ).
There are apparently no serious side-effects of taking synthetic
melatonin supplements (safety melatonin ). [More
on Melatonin (overdose / too much) here...]
Possible Melatonin Side-Effects
Melatonin supplementation does not appear
to be habit forming either (safety melatonin ). But you
can apparently experience mild
side effects of melatonin if you take too much of it.
In his book, 'Living
With M.E.', Dr Charles Shepherd writes:
"Melatonin isn't habit-forming, but around 6 per cent of
users report side-effects, including vivid dreams, nightmares
and daytime drowsiness. No serious long-term side-effects have
as yet been reported."
-- Dr Charles Shepherd, 'Living With M.E.', p 78 --
Possible mild side effects include (list not exhaustive):
- headaches (melatonin: when you take too much )
- morning sleepiness (melatonin too much )
- fatigue (so keep an eye on this if you have Chronic
Fatigue Syndrome) (melatonin too much )
- nightmares or wild and vivid dreams (melatonin too much )
These side effects may be experienced because your body is already
producing enough melatonin by itself and doesn't
actually need more melatonin supplementation. In this case,
it might be wise to cut down the dosage.
In fact, it's generally recommended that you should only take melatonin
supplements if your natural melatonin levels
are low. In any case, it's always
best to consult your doctor before taking any supplements.
Ask your doctor if he is aware of any drug interactions and side
Some Other Safety Precautions
For People Who Wish To Use Melatonin
There are also theoretical ideas about
how melatonin works and, based on these theories, some
authorities recommend against
using melatonin if:
- you're depressed (safety melatonin
- have schizophrenia (safety melatonin
- have an autoimmune disease (safety
- have any other serious illness (safety
- are pregnant or nursing (safety melatonin
- are a child (safety melatonin )
Obviously it's also best to avoid driving and operating machinery
for several hours after you've taken a melatonin supplement since
it makes you sleepy (safety melatonin ).
This section only touches upon the topic of melatonin. But as you
can see (and as with any supplements), it's definitely
worth consulting with your doctor before taking it.
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