Melatonin - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Last Updated on August 11, 2022
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Information about Melatonin

Generic Name : Melatonin
Up-to-date prescription details regarding Melatonin are provided here.
Pronunciation : mel-uh-TONE-in
Learn the correct pronunciation of the Melatonin, understand it's uses, recommended dosages, its indications, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its and its storage instructions.
You will also find a list of the medication's International and Indian brand or trade names, as well as its pricing information. For verification of the information presented on this page or for additional clarifications, it's advisable to consult your doctor.
Therapeutic Classification : Central Nervous System Agents

Trade Names/Brand Names of Melatonin

India : 

International : 

Melatonin Time Release, Vespro Melatonin, Health Aid Melatonin, Sgard

Why is Melatonin Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a light-sensitive hormone, prescribed for management of jet lag and other sleep disorders. It can also be used in the treatment of cluster headaches.  


When should Melatonin not be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with poor immunity, who are taking immunosuppressants, hypersensitivity, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

What is the dosage of Melatonin?

PO- The recommended dose is 3-5 mg given at bedtime.

How should Melatonin be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, at bedtime.

What are the warnings and precautions for Melatonin?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of kidney problems, depression or history of seizures, any allergy, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

• It may cause drowsiness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

• Avoid alcohol consumption.

What are the side effects of Melatonin?

Drowsiness, change in sleep pattern and headache.

What are the other precautions for Melatonin?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Melatonin?

Store it at room temperature (25°C).

Last Updated : August 11, 2022

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rasik g. mokasana, India

My baby age-3 is suffering from epilepsy, tuberous sclerosis & autism. She has now sleep problem and awakes early morning. take meloset?

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