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Roberts, James (2022) Melatonin overdoses rising among children. Emergency Medicine News, 44, (8), pp. 8-9. doi: 10.1097/01.EEM.0000855800.09911.9f.

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Melatonin is sold as an OTC dietary supplement, is used primarily as a sleep aid for children and adults, and has minimal toxicity. Emergency physicians may be asked to suggest its use for insomnia or to evaluate toxicity or overdose. Overdose produces minimal symptoms, and treatment is rarely required. The use of melatonin has skyrocketed over the past 10 years, and it is currently the most frequently reported ingestion in children.

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