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Can melatonin help with migraines?

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Some research shows people with chronic migraines have low levels of melatonin, a hormone that's similar to indomethacin, an anti-inflammatory drug used to treat aches, pains, and migraines. Studies show it can help prevent headaches with fewer side effects than some medications. Melatonin generally works well with your body, but it can cause daytime sleepiness. In rare cases, it can cause abdominal discomfort and even short bouts of depression. If you take a blood thinner, an immunosuppressant, diabetes medications, or birth control pills, talk to your doctor since it can interact with these drugs.

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FDA: "Dietary Supplements: What You Need to Know."

U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention.

National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements.

Association of Migraine Disorders.

The Migraine Trust.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: "Does Vitamin B2 Prevent Migraines?"

National Library of Medicine.

UCLA Headache Treatment and Research Program.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

Cochrane.

National Headache Foundation.

Telgen, L. , September 2015. Cephalalgia

Rozen, T.D. , March 2002. Cephalalgia

Sandor, P.S.  , February 2005. Neurology

The Mayo Clinic.

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Peres, M. , August 2004. Neurology

Peres, M. ychiatry, published online May 2016. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Ps

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 19, 2018

SOURCES:

FDA: "Dietary Supplements: What You Need to Know."

U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention.

National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements.

Association of Migraine Disorders.

The Migraine Trust.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: "Does Vitamin B2 Prevent Migraines?"

National Library of Medicine.

UCLA Headache Treatment and Research Program.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

Cochrane.

National Headache Foundation.

Telgen, L. , September 2015. Cephalalgia

Rozen, T.D. , March 2002. Cephalalgia

Sandor, P.S.  , February 2005. Neurology

The Mayo Clinic.

Masruha. M. March 2010. Headache,

Peres, M. , August 2004. Neurology

Peres, M. ychiatry, published online May 2016. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Ps

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 19, 2018

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