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Am J Psychiatry. 1976 Oct;133(10):1181-6.

Negative effects of melatonin on depression.

Abstract

In order to test the efficacy of the pineal neurohumor melatonin on depression, the hormone was administered in varying doses to six moderately to severely depressed patients and two patients with Huntington's chorea in double-blind crossover study. Melatonin exacerbated symptoms of dysphoria in these patients, as well as causing a loss of sleep and weight and a drop in oral temperature. Melatonin increased cerebrospinal fluid 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid and calcium in three of four patients studied. The authors discuss the implications of this finding.

PMID:
788529
DOI:
10.1176/ajp.133.10.1181
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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