People often report that they have very vivid dreams when taking larger amounts of melatonin. It can also increase the frequency of sleep disorders such as sleep walking and nightmares.
Whatever dose you take, if you experience side effects, you should seek medical attention. And if you do take a large melatonin overdose, intentionally or by accident, it’s advisable to seek emergency medical attention immediay.
For an extensive list of medications which can interact with melatonin, have a look at the webmd.com article.
Sorry I can’t help more. You might get the same symptoms as someone else who is taking a compley different dose, or take the same dose and have totally different experiences. What I would say though is that it’s best to stay within the manufacturer’s recommended dosage. Ethan. And if you want to take more, discuss it with your doctor first just to be on the safe side. As for people experiencing those symptoms, I think it depends on the person rather than the specific dose. I’m not a doctor, and more importantly not your doctor, so I can’t really recommend how many pills you should take. Thank you for your comment.
Therefore, there’s no central body to say exactly how many milligrams you should take. So you’re left to trust the advice of anyone else who speaks up on the matter.
If you take a large overdose you may experience hallucinations, delusions, disorientation, confusion or paranoia.
They also suggest that a dose of 1 to 3 mg an hour before bed works fine for most adults. But even as little as 0.1 to 0.3 mg might work. If that dosage doesn’t work after a few days, you can increase it to 5 or 6 mg.
You may experience a range of mood changes such as sadness, worsening depression or even feeling over-excitable. If you suffer from any kind of depressive illness, you should avoid melatonin unless your doctor recommends it. This is especially likely if you take too much melatonin.
If you’re thinking of trying it, for any medical condition, it’s a good idea to talk it over with your doctor first.
This includes lowering blood pressure, or conversely raising it if you’re taking drugs to control it. Melatonin has been found to have various effects on the body. It may have effects on blood sugar levels and cholesterol.
You can see that there’s a long list of potentially harmful effects of taking melatonin. But there are also additional risks for certain groups of people. So I recommend you stick to the recommended doses that major organizations such as the Mayoclinic offer.
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This is a particular risk if you overdose on melatonin or have any existing kind of seizure disorder. Again this can be potentially serious and another good reason to be careful with how much you take.
And in fact, it’s thought that even 3 mg is considerably more than necessary in most cases.
I fell asleep for an hour or so but I had to wake up to pack for my flight in the morning. I’m 13 and super stressed out about my day tomorrow. Hi Julia. I took a mouth dissolving melatonin strip about 4 and a half hours ago. Will it hurt me if I am to take another strip? I’m fine with feeling drowsy the next day.
However, it can cause health problems in some cases, so it’s worth being aware of what to look out for. The bottom line is that taking more than the recommended amount isn’t known to cause death.
Research in 2005 concluded that taking melatonin at low doses is safe for periods of 3 months or less.
All the best Ethan. I hope you don’t feel traumatized for too much longer because of this. Thanks for your comment and sorry to hear you had such an unpleasant experience! I guess your story is a good reminder for other readers to make sure you take any pills with plenty of water to wash them down.
Melatonin can interact with other drugs, so you should consult a doctor if you’re taking, or planning on taking any of the following:
More recently, the Mayoclinic also stated that it’s safe at doses between 1 and 20mg for up to 3 months. They also suggest that it’s safe for children to take long-term in recommended doses.
It’s meant to help regulate your sleep cycle, and doesn’t work in the same way as most other sleeping pills which may knowck you out any time you take them. Anyway, for anyone else reading who has a similar question, or if you find yourself in the same situation again in the future, it’s unlikely that taking another melatonin tablet in the middle of the night will help much. Regards Ethan. Sorry it took a while to reply to your comment, it’s not possible to reply to questions which need an immediate answer.
Some good advice from the University of Maryland Medical Center recommends taking a dose as close as possible to that which the body produces. And the body usually produces less than 0.3 mg per day.
Do you take melatonin pills to help you deal with frustrating periods of bad sleep? Have you taken more than the recommended amount and are worried about what might happen to you?
However, it’s not advisable to experiment with higher doses to try and achieve a stronger effect. There’s no medical advice or research stating what would happen if you took a very high dose of melatonin.
The water didnt help, the powder had covered the back of my throat causing irritation and I threw up quite a bit. So last night I took four pills and I’m not sure if melatonin comes in more than one form but the ones I took were the powder capsules. I had no idea what was happening because I had never taken a large dose of a powder type capsule before so I didn’t know such a thing could happen. I did sleep, not when as early as I was hoping but I did also traumatize myself for the night. About ten minutes after I did so, the capsule must have dissolved leaving just the powder, none of which have compley passed through my throat apparently because I began to choke on the thick, nasty powder! It was all at the back of my throat, so I’m over here choking, trying to breathe, drinking water trying to swallow it all. Hi Vanessa.
Breast feeding mothers should avoid melatonin as not enough is known about its safety at this time. Melatonin is possibly not safe for infants, even though some sources argue that it’s safe for children.
For this reason, people who already have an autoimmune disorder should consult a doctor before taking melatonin. Melatonin may increase the risk of contracting autoimmune disorders such as Hepatitis or Crohn’s disease.
This could increase the risk of accidents if driving or operating heavy machinery. It might sound obvious, but one side effect is of course drowsiness. The point is though, if you take melatonin at the wrong time you can end up being drowsy during the day.
In this article you’ll find out about the known side effects that can arise from taking melatonin.
If you’re not sure if it’s right for you or your family, you might like to read these articles:. Melatonin works differently from most sleeping pills, and isn’t always effective for insomnia.
Despite often seeing doses between 3 mg and 5 mg on labels, doctors often suggest that you take the lowest dosage at first, as this may well give the effect you need.
And once again, if you do take a melatonin overdose, please seek emergency medical help straight away.
Thanks for your input. I never knew it was not safe, can you l me what can happen at this dose and is it truly dangerous? I thought this would be safer than the Ambien. I felt I was out of control because I couldn’t sleep without it but I was also forgetting things, sleep eating (I’ve gained about 30 lbs) So last summer I decided to go cold turkey… I have not taken Ambien since. I do however take melatonin on a nightly basis. Hi Tina. Hello, I took Ambien CR 12.5 mg for about 10 years. I took 2 10 mg to start but as I grow accustomed to that I kept increasing the dose to the point that I am taking 12 10 mg a night.
I’ll also explain why there’s still some debate about what the recommended dose should be, and what would be considered an overdose.
So it hasn’t undergone the rigorous testing of organizations such as the Food and Drugs Administration in the United States. Melatonin is marketed and sold as a dietary supplement or natural remedy.
And like many medications, you still need to be careful even if it’s available over the counter in your country. Even though synthetic melatonin is similar to that produced in your body, it doesn’t come without risks though.
So what are the side effects of melatonin that you might experience at any dosage level? Let’s take a closer look.
Melatonin seems to affect people differently, with no standard dosage level which causes most people problems. A second issue is that melatonin doesn’t have an official recommended dosage in most countries.
If we define ‘overdose’ as an amount which is too much and usually dangerous, it’s not an easy question to answer.
I’d try reducing the dose to the normal level, and see if that still helps you sleep. Thanks for your comment. And if you want to take more, you should discuss that with your doctor. Well done for coming off the Ambien. I’m not a doctor, and more importantly not your doctor who knows your entire medical history. That’s a strong sleep aid which shouldn’t really be used long term. What I will say though is that even though people do take melatonin in large quantities sometimes and seem to be ok, my personal opinion is that it’s best to stay within the manufacturer’s recommended dose. As for the melatonin, it’s not my place to advise you on whether that dose would be safe for you or not. And I’d also have a look at all the sleep hygiene techniques you can try. You seem to be a strong-minded person, so maybe with some lifestyle changes and positivity you can come off the sleep aids altogether:-) Regards Ethan.
Even though melatonin is available over the counter in many countries, you should discuss it with your doctor first. They can l you if it will be safe for you, and recommend the right dosage based on your medical history.
So far I have never heard of anyone who has…. Along with Benadryl and other “natural” sleep aids. I also use meditation to find that calm region in my mind that for many the active mind keeps them awake. Tristin, I have been taking Melatonin for 20-30 years. However on those nights where sleep will not come or return, I learned long ago it is better to “rest” than to not sleep at all. I have never had any “reaction” to Melatonin. On those nights where I wake up seemingly incapable of falling asleep I will take a second tab of Melatonin and that usually helps.
According to most research, you shouldn’t be in any great danger if you take a small melatonin overdose.
There are so many practical things you can do to try and improve your sleep, I always believe it’s worth giving that a shot. I hope that helps! Regards Ethan. Thanks for your comment. The main point I can make is that melatonin tablets aren’t something which anyone can rely on to take on a permanent basis. Like any sleep aid, the best way to use them is just for a short period of time to help fix a broken sleep schedule and give you some stability again. You can have a look at the main article about sleep hygiene, and I also suggest having a close read of the section on sleep schedules. I would recommend trying some natural techniques to regulate your sleep pattern.
You may experience nausea, vomiting, stomach pains or diarrhea. This is one of the more common side effects of melatonin, even at low doses.
Melatonin isn’t known to cause death, but can make some people feel sick. As with most substances, the symptoms may vary greatly from one person to the next.
It can also reduce the libido of both men and women, as well as interfere with women’s ovulation and men’s sperm count. So if you’re trying to get pregnant, melatonin is probably something to avoid.
Whilst this may not cause you too much trouble, it’s not the right way or safest way to use melatonin.
Many people view melatonin as a safe sleep aid, and in fact a safe way to tackle a surprisingly wide range of health conditions.
Safe doesn’t necessarily mean no side effects – it just means that it probably won’t cause most people any serious problems. Even at these low doses, however, you may still experience side effects.
I’m 14 years old and I took around 25-30 5 mg tablets last night around 11:30. Did I overdose? If so, is it still worth it to seek medical attention? Hi Taylor. Hi.
They can also advise you on the best dosage to take in your case. Even though it’s available over the counter in some countries, it’s a good idea to get the approval of a medical professional who knows your medical history.
Keep in mind I was also sleeping 9-10 hours a night which I think is the only reason my symptoms got ‘better’ these last few months because I would out sleep the melatonin in my system but even then I would go to bed at midnight and get up at 10am dragging myself out of bed. But even though I slept pretty off and on and I’m sleepy today I don’t feel nearly as bad waking up as I do on melatonin. I went my first night without it last night and I had a terrible time falling asleep(I’m pretty sure my body is addicted).
There are reports of people taking just a few milligrams and feeling unwell; others have taken hundreds of milligrams and been absoluy fine.
This is mainly because melatonin is a hormone produced naturally by the body, and also because it isn’t as powerful as many prescription sleep aids.
It can also bring about further problems for type 1 diabetics. This is due to a reduction in tolerance to insulin as well as increasing blood sugar levels.
The more you take, the more likely it is that you’ll experience unpleasant side effects. And importantly, if 1 milligram didn’t help you sleep, 1 more milligram an hour later is unlikely to make a difference.
But I thought melatonin was supposed to regulate my sleep and wake cycle? I realized over my few months of taking it that if I dont take it i will be awake until the early hours of the morning. I know now that my dosage is wayyyyy to high, and I’ve been experiencing mood swings such as depression, and sadness and now I know why. When I ran out I bought the 10mgs and took about 4 of those and now I take 5 10mg a night. I was taking z quil but it didn’t work very well. Hi Ethan, I have been taking melatonin for about 3 months or more because I use to stay up for days at a time then sleep for hours and hours. what should I do? Hi brittanie. The past few nights they haven’t been working and ive been waking up a lot during the night and very early in the morning and I can’t go back to sleep. I started out taking 1 5 mg a night then it progressed until I was taking 6 or 7 5mgs a night.
And in fact, it’s common for people to take a pill too soon before bed, decide it isn’t working fast enough and take another one. Then in the night to wake up and take yet another.
For example, pregnant women are advised not to take melatonin as it can have negative effects on fetus growth. Again this sounds obvious – you’re taking a hormone after all, right? But the effects can be serious in some cases.
And preferably much less if it’s taken for sleep problems. This was also a common maximum dosage level I found in my review of over the counter sleep aids. That said, most doctors and researchers say you should take no more than 5 mg a day in most cases.
So what happens if you have a bottle of 3mg melatonin pills with instructions to take one before bed, but you take two or three times that amount, or even more?
There’s thought to be an increased risk of liver damage. This is another reason people who have problems with alcohol misuse need to consult a doctor before taking it.
Hi Alisha. Again fingers crossed but I’m hoping this is my ‘tiny’ problem I’ve had all along.
For those times it did nothing, I considered taking more than one 10mg pill but have been too afraid. In your personal experience, have you gotten many people who’ve actually experienced these symptoms at just 20mg? I’m the type of person who doesn’t generally get sick, experience side-effects, feel ill, and I haven’t thrown up in over nine years and I’d very well like to keep it this way. Would you recommend I avoid taking more than one pill unless I feel it’s absoluy necessary? Thank you very much! Hi Tristin. Let’s see… in all the times, though it hasn’t been many, Melatonin has either had no effect, or has gently lulled me to sleep as it should. I suffer heavily from emetophobia and have this irrational fear of pills possibly causing any form of nausea and vomiting.
This could result in a rash, swelling of any parts of the face, tongue or throat, itching, dizziness and trouble breathing. In some rare cases you may experience a severe allergic reaction. You should seek immediate emergency medical help if these symptoms occur.
So can you overdose on Melatonin? It would appear that the answer is yes, if by overdose you mean feel unwell. But what might happen, if anything at all, is impossible to predict.
I had no idea that it could be the cause to all my problems and I have my fingers crossed that it truly was. Usually I’m good about my research but with all the mixing articles on melatonin I still thought it was safe. I read an article yesterday about melatonin and weight loss and did some research. Anywhere between 1-3mg. I was still taking melatonin but probably around. Fast foreword of many doctor visits, anti nausea medicine, allergy medicine, anxiety medicine(severe panic attacks) and a perfect bill of health according to 3 separate doctors. For the last year I’ve been pretty sick off and on. After my wedding I went back to eating normally, and also taking melatonin more often. My wedding was in July and by August of last year I started getting sick. 5mg would make me feel groggy and I just thought that meant it was working. Nausea, vertigo, tired ALL the time, more forgetful and, anxiety and heart racing also I gained about 15 pounds. 5-1 mg because even. The year before I had been getting ready for my wedding, working out, eating well(sometimes not enough).
And that same strength and willpower can be harnessed to find other ways to deal with the stress, anxiety and other symptoms. Stay positive and be strong! All the best Ethan. I hope for your sake that the issues can be dealt with as simply as by stopping the melatonin. Thank you for your comment. Only time will l I guess, and I’d love to hear back from you in a few days to see how you’re getting on – if you have the time and inclination to share your story more. Sorry to hear you’ve been having such a difficult time. Even if it isn’t the melatonin, then perhaps you could at least take strength from that fact that you’ve got the willpower to stop taking something you may have become dependent on.30 mg ambien overdose