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Is melatonin o.k. to take on a regular basis? I've been told by a psychiatrist, yes and by a neurologist, no.

By Anonymous February 8, 2016 - 10:54pm
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I needed to take my Dad for a re-evaluation and asked both Dr.'s the same question. The psychiatrist says he takes it all the time. The neurologist said no, because if taken regularly, our brains stop producing it. I'm guessing the amount of miligms. could make a difference in how often?

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Hi Anon!

Thanks for your post!

Melatonin is not recommended for long term use. And melatonin is not recommended for all people as it can cause uncomfortable side effects, and it may interfere with other medications your father is on.

You can read more about melatonin's effect on sleep here: http://www.empowher.com/sleep-disorders/content/melatonin-effects-sleep?page=0,0

and general information here: http://www.empowher.com/insomnia/content/melatonin-natures-sleep-aid

If your father has chronic sleep issues, he needs to look for ways to counter these so he can fall asleep naturally and only use melatonin as an occasional supplement.

February 9, 2016 - 6:19am
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