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What problems might caused by melatonin supplements taken with some medicines?

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Melatonin supplements might cause problems if you take them with some medicines, including:

  • Blood-thinning medications (anticoagulants)
  • Drugs that suppress the immune system (immunosuppressants)
  • Diabetes drugs
  • Birth control pills

From: What Is Melatonin? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Sleep Foundation: "Melatonin and Sleep."

Family Doctor: "Melatonin."

Mayo Clinic: "Is melatonin a helpful sleep aid -- and what should I know about melatonin side effects?"

Sleep.org: "What is Melatonin?"

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: "Melatonin: In Depth."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Melatonin for Sleep: Does It Work?"

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on June 14, 2017

SOURCES:

National Sleep Foundation: "Melatonin and Sleep."

Family Doctor: "Melatonin."

Mayo Clinic: "Is melatonin a helpful sleep aid -- and what should I know about melatonin side effects?"

Sleep.org: "What is Melatonin?"

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: "Melatonin: In Depth."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Melatonin for Sleep: Does It Work?"

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on June 14, 2017

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