Melatonin is very popular as a dietary supplement. But, is melatonin safe? What are the side effects of melatonin and what should be considered when taking it? Can you drink alcohol with a melatonin supplement? The answers can be found in our current blog.

What are the side effects of melatonin?

Melatonin is also known as the "sleep hormone" because our body prepares it for sleep in the evening or as soon as it gets dark. It also affects the quality of sleep. Since natural production decreases or can be disturbed in old age or due to special living conditions, many people with melatonin deficiency resort to nutritional supplements with melatonin. You can find all the benefits of melatonin here.

But what else do you have to know about taking melatonin supplements? We have compiled the latest information about the side effects of melatonin here.

First and foremost, it is important to always adhere to the dosage instructions! In addition, you should always consult with medical professionals before taking medication (especially if you have pre-existing illnesses); this also applies to melatonin supplements. Read more about Melatonin dosage in our other article.

Using melatonin supplements can evoke side effects. The following side effects are reported in current studies:

Frequently occurring side effects of melatonin are:

1. Constipation
2. Stomach pain
3. Restlessness
4. Headache
5. Decrease in body temperature

Occasional melatonin side effects include:

1. Listlessness
2. Irritability
3. High blood pressure
4. Dry mouth
5. Weight gain
6. Indigestion
7. Sweats
8. Strange dreams

What to do when side effects strike in?

If slight abdominal pain or constipation occur at the beginning of the intake, this should only last a very short time until the body has got used to the intake. However, if symptoms remain for several days or if there are additional side effects or even allergic reactions, you should consult a doctor immediately. Always make sure you have enough fluids and a healthy diet.

Does melatonin interact with other drugs?

The nootropic melatonin could interact with certain prescription drugs and should be avoided in these cases or discussed with a doctor or pharmacist in advance. These include, for example:

1. Diabetes medication
2. Blood thinners
3. Contraceptives
4. Immunosuppressants
5. If the liver function is impaired

What to do if there is a melatonin deficiency?

The melatonin balance in humans fluctuates for many reasons. On the one hand, this decreases in the course of life. While it is 12 times as high in newborns in the evening during the day, it is only around 3 times as high in adults during the day. Our work and living environment also affects our melatonin levels.

Melatonin supplements are often considered to be safer alternatives compared to strong sedatives.

Therefore, more and more people are turning to dietary supplements or nootropics. Read more about The 11 best smart drugs in our blog [4]. Whether for better concentration, muscle building, sleep or a lot more, you can buy the most popular nootropics here.

Are melatonin and alcohol compatible?

Long-term lack of sleep can be devastating and have serious health and psychological consequences for affected people.

Some people, therefore, try to improvise with self-medication by mixing melatonin or another sedative and alcohol. That can bring serious harm.

Alcohol is deceptive anyway. It is true that one thinks that it is easier to fall asleep with a few glasses of wine, but sleep and sleep behaviour are massively impaired by alcohol. In addition, alcohol reduces the natural release of melatonin in the body, so that a vicious circle begins that can further disrupt our sleep rhythm.

Other dangerous side effects when combining melatonin and alcohol include:

1. Dizziness
2. Coordination restrictions
3. Severe drowsiness
4. Passed out
5. Difficulty breathing
6. Liver damage
7. Increased blood pressure

In short, you should never take melatonin and drink alcohol or combine it with sedatives.

Where to Buy Melatonin Online?

When used correctly and after consulting a doctor or pharmacist, melatonin can support your sleep. At Raw Powders, you can also order melatonin online and have it delivered to your home.


Text author:
Kay Svegler
Communications, PR, American Studies, University of Leipzig
Journalist and freelance writer (e.g. Süddeutsche Zeitung, BILD, MDR etc.)
Former Senior PR Manager for Fischer Appelt, Sustainability and Diversity Manager for DKB