Dr Oz: Melatonin Dangers, Side Effects & Melatonin Hangovers


Dr Oz: The Truth About Melatonin

Are you one of the millions of Americans who rely on Melatonin as a sleep supplement? If so, this episode had some shocking news you’ll want to hear. Did you know that Melatonin could actually be doing more harm than good? Learn about the Melatonin side effects that have Dr Oz so concerned.

What Is Melatonin?

You can find Melatonin over the counter, and it is not habit-forming like some prescription sleeping pills. It is a hormone naturally produced by the body that signals it’s time for bed. But Dr Oz said this supplement could actually be having the opposite of the effect you’d hoped.



  1. says

    I know of a young couple that has a two year old. They were giving him melatonin in the afternoon for a nap, he was still sleeping at 5 pm they would get him up for supper and then around 9 pm they were giving him more melatonin to go to sleep at night. I have read about some of the side affects but didn’t mention an age of the children. What are the long term affects on a child this young? Could this affect his liver or other organs? I am concerned with this method of getting him on a regular sleep pattern.

  2. Melatonin user says

    This article doesn’t state how much melatonin is too much. I take 1 or 2 – 1 mg pill(s) every night before I go to bed, and have been for years. Is the 1 mg dose just as bad? I don’t wake up in the middle of the night (unless to use the restroom), nor do I have any other bad side effects like the article describes. Be more specific with the dosage that is causing these side effects. Grocery stores sell the 3 mg pills. (I’ve seen them go up to 5 mg!) If you still want to try melatonin, get them from a health/nutrition store, and get the 1 mg pills.

  3. maddogg says

    Since she was 8 yrs old till now (at 11), i have been giving my daughter melatonin whe she has trouble sleeping. I give her no more than one 5mg tablet or two 3mg tablets, aprox 30 mins before bedtime ( around 7:30 pm ) . I have had excellent results, with no issues in the mornings or with nightmares. But i have never issued a second dose if she wakes up in the night. I have discovered that patience and good old fashioned common sense parenting does wonders. I only administer it on nights where i can clearly see she is still “wound up” up bedtime. Or if she is still awake after 2 hrs in bed. I was born in 1971. And we were given nothing but threats of a whoopin if we didnt get to sleep. So as a parent i find it difficult to hand out meds and such, to avoid a sleepy child the next day. Be carefull with yer childten people, and a 10mg dose of common sense for you goes further than drugging your child to sleep.
    Peace and love
    The maddogg

  4. Harold Smith says

    The truth about melatonin is that it’s just like anything else; the devil’s in the details, which this obviously biased article studiously avoids.
    Just like anything else, melatonin may not help every single person with every possible sleep issue, but you won’t know until you give it a try, right?
    There’s an overwhelming amount of evidence (published in peer reviewed medical/scientific papers) that melatonin exerts beneficial effects on health.
    I challenge the author of this article to cite ONE SINGLE peer reviewed paper where a person or an animal was ostensibly harmed by melatonin.

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