Melatonin Modestly Effective for Sleep
Jury Still Out on Long-Term Benefits for Insomnia, Other Sleep Problems
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Is Dosage the Key? continued...
He says supplement manufacturers market higher-than-optimal doses of
melatonin because MIT holds a patent on the hormone at dosages of up to 1 mg.
That patent was issued before the FDA classified melatonin as an unregulated
"If the FDA were regulating melatonin as a drug, as I believe it should
be, then it would be sold in its highest fully effective dose, which is 0.3
mg," Wurtman says. "But that isn't happening."
Wurtman's research suggests that melatonin is both safe and effective for
the long-term treatment of insomnia and other sleep problems when taken at this
dosage shortly before bedtime. He says this appears to be especially true for
Because MIT and Wurtman stand to benefit financially if melatonin is
marketed at dosages of 1 mg or less, the neuroscientist says he understands
that some people will question his motives.
"People may not trust my work because they know I have this
association," he says. "The only response I have is to put it all out
there and be as forthcoming as possible."