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Who should take melatonin?

Melatonin is not regulated by the FDA, so it has no FDA approved uses. However, some studies suggest that people with insomnia may benefit from its use. Also, those with sleep problems caused by menopause may find melatonin helpful. Melatonin may help improve the sleep quality of people who are withdrawing from benzodiazepines (which are drugs like Valium and Xanax). It may also help improve the sleep of children with ADHD. Melatonin may be used as a topical ointment, gel, or lotion to prevent sunburn and skin damage. When used for irritable bowel syndrome, this supplement may help relieve abdominal pain and other symptoms of this condition. Some studies have shown that melatonin might reduce seizure frequency in children who have epilepsy.

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