What is Melatonin?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: Nature's Bounty Melatonin Melatonin Time Release NatureMade Melatonin Show all

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See also: Angelicalm Spray

Melatonin appears to be the primary sleep-regulating hormone of the body. It has been used by individuals suffering from insomnia, particularly when adjusting to shift-work cycles or jet lag. In the US Melatonin is available over-the-counter, however, it may require a prescription in some countries.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Insomnia 420 195
Sleep problems 322 133
Difficulty sleeping through night 205 80
General health 24 10
Difficulty falling asleep 23 18
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 21 6

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 11
Moderate 27
Mild 50
None 312

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Melatonin

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 13
Vivid dreams 6
Depressed mood 5
Groggy in morning 5
Fatigue 4
Hangover effect 3

Show all 51 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Melatonin

Dosage Patients
3 mg daily 47
5 mg daily 27
10 mg daily 27
1 mg daily 15
3mg as needed 10
5mg as needed 9
6 mg daily 7
9 mg daily 6
2 mg daily 5
20 mg daily 4

See all 32 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Melatonin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 99
Other 67
Doctor's advice 32
Side effects too severe 28
Personal research 15
Course of treatment ended 14
Expense 14
See all 233 patients who’ve stopped taking Melatonin

Duration

Currently taking Melatonin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 15
1 - 2 years 34
2 - 5 years 61
5 - 10 years 49
10 years or more 18

Stopped taking Melatonin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 42
1 - 6 months 68
6 months - 1 year 46
1 - 2 years 32
2 - 5 years 34
5 - 10 years 10
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 236
Usually 89
Sometimes 60
Never taken as prescribed 15
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 13
A little hard to take 47
Not at all hard to take 335
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 15
< $25 173
Not specified 212

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Melatonin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 1
Hydroxyzine (Vistaril) 1
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44 patient evaluations for Melatonin

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StrkL
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StrkL
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: none
Chest: none
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

See StrkL's full Melatonin history

Jan 31, 2017 (Started Nov 17, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Difficulty sleeping through night)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 10 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
expastrychef
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expastrychef
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: mild
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I have:
MS

See expastrychef's full Melatonin history

Sep 15, 2016 (Started Mar 22, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Difficulty sleeping through night)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1.5 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jan 22, 2009 (Started Mar 22, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Difficulty sleeping through night)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Navy Nurse
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Navy Nurse
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: severe
Chest: none
Legs: moderate
I have:
ALS

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Aug 30, 2016 (Started Feb 04, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3 mg Daily

Aug 13, 2011 (Started Feb 04, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3 mg Daily

Nov 17, 2010 (Started Feb 04, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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