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 446 210
Sleep problems 337 143
Difficulty sleeping through night 221 91
Difficulty falling asleep 27 20
General health 25 10
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 21 6

Show all 83 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 12
Moderate 29
Mild 54
None 341

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Melatonin

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

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Melatonin

Dosage Patients
3 mg daily 49
5 mg daily 48
10 mg daily 31
3mg as needed 12
5mg as needed 12
1 mg daily 11
6 mg daily 11
20 mg daily 9
9 mg daily 7
2.5 mg daily 6

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Why patients stopped taking Melatonin

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 102
Other 70
Doctor's advice 32
Side effects too severe 29
Expense 15
Course of treatment ended 14
Personal research 14
See all 239 patients who've stopped taking Melatonin

Duration

Currently taking Melatonin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 13
6 months - 1 year 21
1 - 2 years 37
2 - 5 years 75
5 - 10 years 72
10 years or more 20

Stopped taking Melatonin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 43
1 - 6 months 72
6 months - 1 year 47
1 - 2 years 32
2 - 5 years 34
5 - 10 years 10
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 261
Usually 96
Sometimes 64
Never taken as prescribed 15
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 14
A little hard to take 51
Not at all hard to take 366
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 17
< $25 185
Not specified 233

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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45 patient evaluations for Melatonin

Aug 18, 2017 (Started Jul 15, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for REM Sleep Behavior Disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: My husband picked this up at the grocery store for me & he could only find it in gummy pills. I would prefer to take a pill but these gummy things do taste delicious. I take the melatonin to combat the REM Sleep Behavior D/O & it doesn't seem to lessen that problem (so far) but I think I am sleeping better. I will continue with the Melatonin in hopes it will help, and I haven't increased the dose as my doctor told me I can, so I can always try an added pill.

  • 0 helpful marks

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

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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
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