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Re: Are the 'Z-drugs' really carcinogenic?

Posted by undopaminergic on July 6, 2008, at 3:33:32

In reply to Re: Are the 'Z-drugs' really carcinogenic?, posted by Quintal on July 5, 2008, at 10:14:24

> For the record, Dr K also thinks taking melatonin and antihistamines for sleep is a bad idea, more because they are being used as sleep aids than any evidence that they are actually harmful.

He does have the following to say specifically about melatonin:
* "there is evidence that melatonin interferes with gonadal functions in humans"
* "In some mammals, melatonin whitens the fur or promotes obesity"
* "Considerable evidence indicates that melatonin might cause depression."
* "Melatonin causes headache and nightmares."
* "In animals, melatonin constricts brain blood vessels and affects the arteries of the heart."
* "In humans, melatonin affects blood pressure."

I can't seem to find any comment of his on antihistamines, at least not as part of his book on sleeping pills.




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