Melatonin is a hormone found in the body. It is produced by the pineal gland present in the brain. This hormone helps in controlling the sleep cycle. Melatonin levels are higher at night, which leads to better sleep. At the same time, melatonin starts decreasing in the morning. When the level of melatonin in the body becomes very low, then the doctor may recommend taking supplements. At the same time, its overdose can cause many problems. An overdose of melatonin can cause lethargy, fatigue, and low blood pressure.

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Today in this article you will know about the harm caused by taking an overdose of melatonin -

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  1. Melatonin overdose side effects
  2. Melatonin overdose signs
  3. What should be the dosage of melatonin?
  4. Takeaway
Doctors for Melatonin Overdose Side Effects

Melatonin supplements can help in a sound sleep, but their overdose can cause many health problems. The disadvantages of taking an overdose of melatonin can vary from person to person. Most people take an overdose of melatonin to make them sleepy. Drowsiness can also be felt during day time. The side effects of taking an overdose of melatonin are as follows -

  • Taking an overdose of melatonin can make a person feel sleepy all the time.
  • Overdose of melatonin can cause headaches. Due to this, the person may also feel dizzy.
  • Taking melatonin in excess can lower blood pressure. Along with this, fatigue and lethargy can also be felt.
  • An overdose of melatonin can cause problems like stomach upset.
  • An overdose of melatonin can cause joint pain. At the same time, there can be anxiety and stress.

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If melatonin is taken in excess, then the following types of symptoms can be seen -

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By the way, melatonin should always be taken only on the advice of a doctor. Doctors recommend taking the right dosage of melatonin. At the same time, some research has shown that 1 to 5 mg of melatonin can be taken daily. Apart from this, the following things also need to be taken care of -

  • Avoid taking melatonin daily. You can take melatonin supplements 2-3 days a week.
  • In case of insomnia, the doctor may recommend a dosage of 0.1 to 10 mg of melatonin.
  • If you are an adult, you can usually take up to 8 mg of melatonin daily for about 6 months.
  • For children, experts recommend about 3 mg of melatonin daily for up to 3 months.
  • In the beginning, doctors prescribe a low dosage of melatonin. After this, when the effect is not visible, its dose can be increased gradually.

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Melatonin is a hormone that is produced in the body, but melatonin can also be obtained from certain foods and supplements. Melatonin supplements can help in getting good sleep. It can treat other health problems as well, but melatonin supplements should always be taken in small amounts. An overdose of melatonin can cause high blood pressure, headache, anxiety, and drowsiness. Also, keep in mind that melatonin should always be taken only on the advice of a doctor.

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