Melatonin

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.

What is melatonin-oral, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?

Melatonin is a natural hormone produced by the pineal gland in the body. Commercially available melatonin that is sold as medicine is produced in the laboratory. Melatonin regulates sleep-wake cycle. Check with your healthcare professional before using herbs or other supplements.

What brand names are available for melatonin-oral?

N/A

Is melatonin-oral available as a generic drug?

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

Do I need a prescription for melatonin-oral?

No

What are the uses for melatonin-oral?

Melatonin is used for sleeplessness and adjusting sleep-wake cycles due to jet lag or work schedule changes.

Melatonin is also used for treatment of:

What are the side effects of melatonin-oral?

Side effects of melatonin are:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/1/2016
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