What are the risks of taking melatonin?

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  • AStacy Wiegman, PharmD, Pharmacy, answered
    Risks of taking melatonin include fertility issues, breast enlargement in men, decreased sperm count, and a lower libido. If you have depression before taking melatonin, there is the risk that use of this supplement will make your depression worse. If you use a melatonin supplement that has been derived from animal pineal tissue, there is the risk of contamination. The synthetic form does not carry this risk.

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  • AMichael Breus, PhD, Psychology, answered
    Dr. Michael Breus - What are the risks of taking melatonin?

    Like most supplements, taking melatonin -- which can help with sleep problems -- has its risks. In this video, sleep specialist Dr. Michael Breus shares the signs to look for if your melatonin use is causing issues.

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