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 460 216
Difficulty sleeping through night 220 90
Difficulty falling asleep 26 18
General health 25 10
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 22 6

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  • 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
349

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

Show all 63 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Melatonin

Dosage Patients
3 mg daily 59
5 mg daily 57
10 mg daily 40
3mg as needed 17
1 mg daily 14
6 mg daily 13
5mg as needed 11
20 mg daily 9
9 mg daily 7
2 mg daily 6

See all 39 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Melatonin

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 104
Other 70
Doctor's advice 33
Side effects too severe 28
Expense 15
Course of treatment ended 14
Personal research 13
See all 241 patients who've stopped taking Melatonin

Duration

Currently taking Melatonin

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 33
6 months - 1 year 16
1 - 2 years 40
2 - 5 years 89
5 - 10 years 83
10 years or more 23

Stopped taking Melatonin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 43
1 - 6 months 72
6 months - 1 year 47
1 - 2 years 33
2 - 5 years 34
5 - 10 years 11
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 265
Usually 100
Sometimes 64
Never taken as prescribed 15
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 16
A little hard to take 52
Not at all hard to take 371
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 17
< $25 188
Not specified 238

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Melatonin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Bupropion (Wellbutrin XL) 1
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47 patient evaluations for Melatonin

Dec 1, 2017 (Started Sep 12, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 20, 2017 (Started Jul 15, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for REM sleep behavior disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: After several nites of hideous nightmares and pummelling my husband in his sleep, I decided to increase the Melatonin to 5mg, 2 @hs. It has not made any difference so far.

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

Aug 24, 2017 (Started Aug 15, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for difficulty sleeping through night)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for difficulty falling asleep)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Don't need a script for this, buy over counter and in a tea works better. Still probably works better for people who have a melatonin deficit that someone who has PTSD related insomnia

  • 0 helpful marks
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