Melatonin Side Effects

Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014

What is melatonin?

Melatonin is a hormone made by the pineal gland in the brain. Melatonin receives its orders from the hypothalamus and regulates your sleep & rise cycles.

Small amounts of melatonin can be found in foods like grains, fruits, meats & vegetables. You can also buy it as a supplement; Schiff Melatonin.

Studies have shown that nothing is known about long term use of melatonin (this hormone was first identified in 1958). The following are advised to avoid melatonin without consulting a doctor first:
– Children
– Pregnant and nursing women

In some studies, melatonin seems to reduce the risk of seizures, while in other cases, it looks to raise it. However in most cases, melatonin supplements are safe in low doses and will go away when you stop using the supplement.

Side effects may include:

– Sleepiness.
– Vivid dreams.
– A lowered body temperature.
– Morning grumpiness.
– Small fluctuations in your blood pressure.
– If it makes you drowsy, you should avoid operating machinery or driving

In adults, melatonin is prescribed in doses ranging from 0.2mg to 20.0mg. The prescibed dosages varies widely from person to person. Talk to your doctor to learn the right dosage for your body.



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