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Psychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2001 Jun;55(3):299-300.

The effects of oral melatonin on the autonomic function in healthy subjects.

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Department of Neuropsychiatry, Akita University School of Medicine, Akita, Japan. t-kitajima@ya2.so.net.ne.jp

Abstract

We investigated the influence of melatonin on the human autonomic functions by measuring muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA). Five healthy male volunteers took 3 mg of melatonin, and their plasma melatonin concentration, blood pressure, heart rate, and burst rate of MSNA were then recorded. The peak level of melatonin concentration showed a marked interindividual variation. Blood pressure was reduced significantly, while heart rate and burst rate of MSNA did not change significantly. These results indicate that melatonin has a hypotensive effect on blood pressure, and the central cardiovascular regulatory mechanism such as lowering of the baroreflex setpoint would be involved in the effect.

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