Melanotan or Melanotan I is a drug for skin tanning. It is commonly named as Afamelanotide. Melanotanshould not be confused with Melanotan II. Melanotan or Afamelanotide is a non- selective chemical that binds to melanocortin receptors. Clinical trials established that Melanotan I can be safely combined with UV-B light or sunlight and appears to act in tanning response to light.

 Studies reveals that Melanotan I peptide structure is very closely matched to alpha-melanocyte stimulating hormone and since it binds with the melanocortin receptors specifically, its use is more preferred over Melanotan II. Also the limited side effects associated with Melanotan I usage are appreciated by users. However consumers choose Melanotan II over Melanotan I as it is better valued, tans more effectively, effects the libido and more. Who would not be impressed?

The use of Melanotan (both I and II) have increased in the recent years. Melanotans are peptides which when injected with right dosage results in the tanning of the skin even without sun exposure. Melanotan works wonders for its users however Melanotan is not an approved drug. Users used it to their own risk since researches suggest that it might have a long term effect on the users. Most of the users of Melanotan are body builders and athletics according to online surveys. The long term health implication of Melanotan usage is not fully known. And many health regulatory agencies are opposing the sale of this drug and are also recommending the general public not to purchase any such products while have flooded the online market.

However, some dermatitis proposed the use of Melanotan I or Afamelanotide as a potentially effective treatment for vitiligo (depigmented patches of skin due to loss of cutaneous melanocytes) basing on their observations on 4 patients with generalized vitiligo. Some advice if you are planning on using Melanotan would be to use products which are highly recommended by different users. Discontinue if you feel something is not right with your body. Stay healthy and safe. To know more about please visit



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