Melatonin is a manmade form of a hormone produced in the brain that helps regulate your sleep and wake cycle.
It has been used in alternative medicine as a likely effective aid in treating insomnia (trouble falling asleep or staying asleep).
Melatonin is not regulated by the FDA in the US and is often sold as a dietary supplement and has not been subjected to the same safety or efficacy requirements as a medicine.
Melatonin appears to be well tolerated with only few side effects reported and most often in doses greater than 8mg/day, headache sleepiness and depression being most common.
Research does suggest that Melatonin is likely safe when taken at recommended doses, typically 1-20mg, for up to three months.
- Melatonin Information for Consumers
- Melatonin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Melatonin (detailed)
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