How Long Will Melatonin Stay In Your System?

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How Long Will Melatonin Stay In Your System?

How long does a dose of meltonin stay in your system?

Answer

The half-life of melatonin is ~30 minutes to 2 hours. However, the amount of time it may take to clear from your system may be dependent on how long you've been using the medication. I recommend discussing with your physician if you're concerned about its effects.  If you're taking it for sleep and it's making you too drowsy, you might take it earlier in the evening.

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Answered by Lisa Nelson, RD, LN