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What are Melatonin tablets and Melatonin Overdose?

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Melatonin supplements are used to treat jet lags,insomniac conditions,seasonal affective disorders (SAD) and in controlling sleep patterns for those who work night shifts. Melatonin overdose invites mild to serious health troubles ranging from high blood pressure to cardiovascular issues.

What is Melatonin?

Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland of human brain. As a naturally occurring hormone in a human body, Melatonin helps in regulating your sleep cycle. Melatonin works very interestingly. Normally, melatonin levels starts rising up from the evening helping a person to sleep. However, it reduces significantly in the morning and helps him/her to wake up.

Although Melatonin is produced naturally in a human body, sometimes due to various physical as well as psychological factors, melatonin production decreases causing various issues of sleep trouble in a person. However, one can acquire melatonin from certain foods as well as supplements.

When is Melatonin prescribed?

Normally, the chief function of Melatonin is to help your natural body’s internal clock to adjust itself with schedule or medical changes. Melatonin supplements are used for medical conditions such as –

1- Sleep disorders including insomnia, delayed sleep phase syndrome, sleep behavior disorder etc.

2- Attention related disorders such as rapid eye movement, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder etc.

3- Sleep problems due to developmental disorders such as autism, cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities etc.Sleep problems due to development disorders

4- Certain physio-psychological disorders such as depression, alzheimer’s disease, bipolar disease, Schizophrenia etc.

5- In women, Melatonin supplements helps in various reproductive area disorders such as endometriosis, menopausal sleep troubles, birth control disorders, breast cancer etc.

6- Melatonin supplements are prescribed to treat irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, inflammatory disorders, metabolical issues etc.

7- Melatonin is used to treat sleep disorders in various cancer patients such as breast cancer, brain cancer, gastrointestinal cancer

How much Melatonin is good?

It is always best to consult your doctor first before consuming melatonin supplements. This is due to the fact that, melatonin doses come in various ranges depending upon the gravity of your issue. Generally pregnant women and children are prescribed fewer than 3 mg of melatonin. For adults and non-pregnant women, the doses may go up to Melatonin 20 mg.

Side effects of Melatonin overdose

Melatonin overdose can have adverse effects leading to serious life threats sometime. Often, it is reported that with too much of melatonin or melatonin overdose, it creates opposite effect to the body making one less prone to sleep. This is due to reason that, with more than enough melatonin in the body disrupts the normal circadian rhythms, which makes you, tired in the day with nightmares and sleep disturbances at night. Along with this, one may experience some of the following side effects with Melatonin overdose-

1- Fatigue and Nausea

2- Drowsiness during the odd hours

3- Headache and head burn

4- Anxiety and panic attacks

Anxiety and panic attacks

5- Diarrhea and in some cases constipation

6- Muscle pain

7- High Blood pressure

8- Cardiovascular issues

Extra dose of Melatonin may block your body’s melatonin channels resulting into various troubles. Please consider consulting to your doctor/medical professional in case of occurrence any of the above-cited issues.

Can Melatonin affect my Fertility?

Melatonin is a very important agent to aid your fertility. High melatonin level is always considered best for optimal fertility. This is due to the reason that, the eggs in the ovaries like other body cells are prone to damage due to free radicals because of less melatonin levels. A good melatonin level acts as antioxidant to the ovaries and helps protect the egg health for better fertility. According to a recent study, women who are trying to conceive should sleep not less than 8 hours, for healthy melatonin production and better chances of conception.

Can I take Melatonin during Pregnancy?

Melatonin is a natural hormone and can be taken during pregnancy as well to help you with the sleeping disorders. However, it should not be consumed beyond 3 mg to avoid the adverse effects of Melatonin. Nonetheless, during pregnancy like other times, one should take medical advice before taking melatonin supplements.

Can anyone die from Melatonin Overdose?

Melatonin overdose may lead to various side effects as discussed in the below section. However, it won’t lead to death unless consumed intentionally in a very high number.

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Hope this article has been able to resolve your queries on Melatonin and Melatonin overdose. Follow Elawoman blog to get regular updates on fertility health and treatments.

Dr. Sunil Eshwar

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Infertility Specialist, IVF Specialist Dr. Sunil Eshwar

Dr. Sunil Eshwar is an Infertility specialist who is presently specializing in laparoscopic surgery, high-risk pregnancies and infertility treatments such as IVF and IUI. Dr. Sunil Eshwar completed his MBBS from Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute in 2000 and MD from Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) in 2004. Later, he completed DNB from National Board of Examination in 2006. Dr. Sunil Eshwar is currently practicing at Apollo Fertility, Brookfield, Bangalore. For more information about Dr. Sunil Eshwar, visit


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Nikhil Madan

I think I am addicted to melatonin tablets. What can I do to get out of this addiction? Please suggest!

Sept. 9, 2018, 11:25 p.m. 4.5


Gautam Kumar

I used melatonin-tablets for a month and I must say it helped me a lot. I don't feel sleepy all the time even after 2-3 hours of proper sleep.

Aug. 14, 2018, 1:23 p.m. 5.0


Nikhil Sisodia

Melatonin tablets for improving fertility? I wonder how many uses a single tablet can have!

June 2, 2018, 2:31 p.m. 5.0


Gauri Singh

I work in night shifts and it's very harder for me to complete my sleep. Let's see how much this medicine can provide me with help.

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