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Is melatonin safe?

While melatonin is available over-the-counter (OTC) in the US and Canada, melatonin is available only by prescription or not at all in some countries. In the US, melatonin is sold as a dietary supplement, not a medication, so until recently melatonin has not been subject to the same purity rules and standards as prescription medications. There are new FDA rules that went into effect in June of 2010, that require all dietary supplements to comply with “good manufacturing practices (GMP)”, which includes compliance in manufacturing standards and labeling.

So what does all this mean if you want to try melatonin as a supplement? Melatonin has been shown to be safe in healthy people when used for up to 3 months at the correct dosage.

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