Melatonin & Diarrhea???

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MyOwnAdvocate
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   Posted 9/1/2017 4:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Was advised by medical provider to use 1 3-mg tablet of Melatonin. By morning, woke up with anxiety and nausea. Stopped taking it after the one dosage. 24 hours later, bout of diarrhea.
I'm positive it was from the melatonin. Or was was it the pill because it had Magnesium Sterate, which is a natural laxative. What? I'm glad I have Google but so much research. I checked the label of the new Tums "smoothies" I have taken and it too has Magesium Sterate in it as well as Sorbitol (never do I take an sweetner with an -nol ending). Regular chalky Tums does not have these additives. I'll take chalky over anything going in and OUT of me way too smoothly!

So, I'm not attempting Melatonin again! But is it Melatonin or the additives in the pill? As my own advocate, the research continues......By the way....I read that MIT says that any does over 1 mg is too much. So why do they sell doses at 3 mg, 5 mg, 10 mg...etc. They state .3 to 1 mg is regular dose. I ordered 1mg tabs from Walgreens on-line but won't be using it. I'm sure it was the Melatonin but the additives may not help.

Sondancewoman
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   Posted 9/28/2017 10:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Date is September 29, 2017
My doctor put me on Melatonin for Insomnia and almost immediately I got horrible explosive diarrhea, going over 7 or 8 times a day. I had no idea what was causing it and only briefly wondered if was the Melatonin. I went to the dr and he didn't think it was Melatonin. But after eliminating everything I could think of, I decided to quit the Melatonin and no more diarrhea.

Doctors should be notified about this!

duckhunterswife
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   Posted 11/13/2017 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I too have been experiencing diarrhea for three weeks. I made an appointment with my GI doctor, thinking something was really wrong. After finding this forum, I'll stop taking melatonin and cancel the appointment.

ebethaliz
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   Posted 11/15/2017 12:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for posting your stories. Almost three months after starting to take melatonin almost nightly as a sleep aid, I began a bout of horrible diarrhea that only ended last week after stopping the melatonin two weeks earlier. I never connected the melatonin with my problem so I never mentioned it to my doctor who did stool samples, blood tests, etc., which were all negative. Finally, in searching my mind, I told her about the melatonin and she told me to stop taking it. That's when I found this forum. Since then I learned that it is not be be used as a regular sleep aid, especially long term.

Again, thank you all for posting. Your stories helped confirm my problem.

stickersteve
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   Posted 11/21/2017 10:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I did not read this whole thread, but I have started taking melatonin from a company called Patch MD. all their supplements are in patch form so they bypass your stomach. I am trying a few of their products trying to cut back on all the pill supplements I take.
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