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Melatonin needs to be taken at the right time of day in the right dose to be effective, but how much to take is poorly understood.

The amount of melatonin in over-the-counter supplements can raise the level in the body up to 20 times normal. Adverse effects of melatonin are minimal, but studies on the long-term effects of melatonin supplements are needed.

From: Alternative Treatments for Insomnia WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:  National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements. 

The National Sleep Foundation. 

Natural Standard and Natural Medicines Comprehensive database.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 11, 2017

SOURCES:  National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements. 

The National Sleep Foundation. 

Natural Standard and Natural Medicines Comprehensive database.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 11, 2017

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