Melatonin is a medication that is prescribed to treat sleep deprivation illnesses, such as insomnia, in elderly people that are over fifty five years of age. Melatonin in both it’s natural and artificial form is a hormone that is produced to regulate sleep and ensure that the body gets enough rest. In some people melatonin isn’t naturally produced so these people need to take medication that contains melatonin.
As with all medications, there are risks associated with taking melatonin. Some of the side effects that are experienced whilst people take this medication are quite severe, whereas others are less severe. Some side effects are experienced very often although the majority of them are quite rare.
Some of the most common side effects include:
- Achy bones and joints
- Back aches and pains
- Swollen glands and nasal passages
Some of the more uncommon side effects include:
- Chest pains
- Feelings of anxiety
- Feeling dizzy and/or sleepy
- Migraines and severe headaches
- Weight gain
- Feelings of nervousness and restlessness
- Weird dreams and nightmares
- Dry skin
- Bad breath
- Hot and cold flushes, including night sweats
- A libido increase or decrease
- Sleeping problems, including sleepiness
- Heart palpitations
- Mood swings
- Pains in the neck and limbs
- Salivation and an increased level of tears
- Ulcers on both the tongue and mouth
- Change in urinating patterns, including excess amounts of sugar in the urine and blood in the urine
- Muscle spasms
- Change in usual emotions, including the development of depression and crying frequently
- Problems with the blood
- Bad breath
- Flatulence problems
- Possible problems with the memory
- Feelings of drowsiness and confusion
If you experience one or more of these sight effects and they occur frequently you should seek medical advice. Sometimes it may be necessary to change the dosage prescribed or even the entire medication if you are experiencing severe side effects. Having said that, the majority of the side effects are quite rare and uncommon, so most people won’t experience them on a recurring basis.
If you’re concerned about these side effects or you’re concerned that you may be experiencing them, do not hesitate to contact your local health professional. They will offer you advice on whether they deem it appropriate for you to continue with your course of medication or will offer advice if they think you should change to another medication.
You should not take any melatonin medication or substances if you suffer from: high blood pressure, diabetes, depression or seizure disorders. Not only could melatonin interfere with the medications that you take for these illnesses, but it could also enhance any of the side effects that you experience.