Posted by: Dad | 2011-03-03


Good Day ,
Is Melatonin safe to use on a 8 year old boy with a long term sleeping disorder , we have been using it for over two months now at 1.5 mg at night , it has worked really well , in fact its the only thing that has worked beside Rivotril
Is Melatoninit safe to use and does it have any side effects? .Is it consided a natuarl product. Any other comment you have on Melatonin would be appreaciated

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Melatonin is a hormone in the body regulating sleep rhythms. Please read the 2 websites below. Dr Weil's site and the natural medicine database.

CHILDREN: POSSIBLY UNSAFE ...when used orally or parenterally. Melatonin has been used with apparent safety in short-term clinical trials in a small number of children (9980,15034). However, there is concern that melatonin supplementation has the potential to adversely affect children. Young people up to the age of 20 years produce melatonin endogenously in high levels (1740). Melatonin levels are inversely related to gonadal development (1739,1742,1743). Theoretically, exogenously administered melatonin might adversely affect gonadal development; use with caution.

Kind regards
Dr Debbie

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