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How should I use melatonin?

Melatonin should be used under the guidance of a doctor and sleep professional and:

  • should be used at the correct dosage
  • should be taken about 90 minutes before lights out
  • should be used for a short time (less than 3 months)
  • should never be used in combination with other sleep inducing medications
  • should never be used with alcohol
  • should never be used in children (younger than 18 years)

There are possible interaction effects that could change the effectiveness of your current medication regimen.

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