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I've heard that melatonin may increase the risk of broken bones. I take melatonin regularly. Should I be concerned?

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Regular, long-term use of melatonin has been associated with an increase in fractures, which is also the case with some prescription sleep medications. This is despite the fact that melatonin may slightly increase bone density. For more details and an explanation of this apparent paradox, see the "Concerns and Cautions" section of the Melatonin Supplements Review.  

It may be also be advisable to avoid using melatonin, particularly at high dose, after a fracture, as proper fracture healing may be impaired, as also noted in the Review.

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This CL Answer initially posted on 8/12/2016. Last updated 7/26/2017.
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