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Can kava kava work for anxiety?

Can kava kava work for anxiety?

It can: Results with otc kava kava vary. I've had patients drink it in teas or take capsule forms with good results and some not so much. Seeing a professional can help you learn tools to manage your anxiety and would be more effective in the long run. ...Read more

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What is kava kava for?

What is kava kava for?

Stress: There is a long list of unproven indications for kava. The most common reason I see it used for is for stress reduction. I do not recommend the use of kava because it is known to be a liver toxin even after short term use and it interactions with a number of medications which could make them ineffective and/or more toxic because of the high level that your body cannot effectively break down. ...Read more

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Can you take kava kava with Zoloft (sertraline)?

Can you take kava kava with Zoloft (sertraline)?

No problem, but….: The active chemical of Kava Kava is a minor tranquilizer. Sertraline can help people with anxiety related to phobias, panic disorder, OCD, depression and generalized anxiety. The way these two substances work is different, as Sertraline is a Serotonine reuptake inhibitort. A combination of KK would be similar to Alprazolam or other benzodiazepine. Ask your PCP to find out if this could be OK. ...Read more

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Safe to take kava and valerian root?

Safe to take kava and valerian root?

Mostly: If you are not taking other medications and use proper doses, these may be safe. Both are sedating and can cause reactions or possible allergy. Valerian root may cause disturbed dreams and other side effects. Kava has been associated with liver toxicity which may be due to the wrong part of the plant being used. Use trusted sources that use the right part. Kava root not stem or leaf. ...Read more

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I'm taking venlafaxine is it ok to take passion flower kava kava and skullcap herbs are there any adverse reaction?

I'm taking venlafaxine is it ok to take passion flower kava kava and skullcap herbs are there any adverse reaction?

Herbs & venlafaxine: You've asked this question several times earlier, and are now adding kava to your brew. There's a slight interaction between kava & venlafaxine, but not with passion flower or skullcap. Kava is more sedating than skullcap or passion flower too. I still wonder why you want to add these herbs to your effexor? Please discuss w/your doctor before taking them, especially if Effexor isn't helping u. ...Read more

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Will kava kava relieve the withdrawal symptoms of xanax (alprazolam)?

Will kava kava relieve the withdrawal symptoms of xanax (alprazolam)?

Kava kava Xanax (alprazolam): No. No natural nutrient can replace such a powerful med. There are very good meds to use against withdrawal from any benzodiazepine. For any addictive chemical, there is a safe strategy to resolve the addiction. ...Read more

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What is kava kava good for?

What is kava kava good for?

Careful: Kava kava has been used for many psychiatric conditions, however the evidence is strongest for efficacy in treating anxiety. However there are significant safety concerns including possible liver damage and even some deaths related to kava use. ...Read more

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Can you take holy basil, ashawagandha, curcumin, passion flower in combination?

Can you take holy basil, ashawagandha, curcumin, passion flower in combination?

Yes: It is quite common in herbal medicine to give multiple herbs in combination and, being 3 of the most widely used herbs in the ayurvedic tradition, holy basil, ashwagandha and curcumin are commonly used together. Passionflower is quite safe to combine with these. While combining pharmaceuticals together often creates worrisome interactions, most herbs combine well and synergistically. ...Read more

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Can i take kava kava while on citoprolam hbr?

Can i take kava kava while on citoprolam hbr?

Kava possibly unsafe: Check out http://umm.Edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/kava-kava & http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/872.Html which both mention concerns about liver safety from kava. I find it more curious that you asked about taking it w/citalopram but not lisinopril. Ideally, you need to check w/your family doc or prescribing physician regarding any otc supplement you take in add'n to prescripti. ...Read more

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Kava kava and adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine)?

Kava kava and adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine)?

Not recommended: Kava Kava has some significant potential negative side effects. It has never been shown to be helpful in double blind controlled studies. therefore I would not recommend it with adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) ...Read more

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Why we combine kava with valerian?

Why we combine kava with valerian?

Not used together: As a matter of fact they should not be used together as there is a drug interaction If used together it can cause dizziness,drowsiness,and difficulty concentrating.And in some impairs thinking and judgement ...Read more

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Passion flower, valerian root or kava which is best for anxiety with less side effects?

Passion flower, valerian root or kava which is best for anxiety with less side effects?

No single best: Just like there is no best single drug for anxiety, there is no single best herb. We are all unique biochemically and a drug or herb that might work great for one person may not help another at all. Of the 3 you mention kava causes the most side effects. You can try passion flower ; valerian to see which works better for you, but holy basil (tulsi), rhodiola and l-theanine are also worth trying. ...Read more

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Valerian tea for congestion?

Valerian tea for congestion?

Although Valerain: Root is much better known for help with sleep, it can also be used with congestion. ...Read more

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Can combining olive leaf extract (oleuropein 20%) and ginkgo biloba be harmful?

Can combining olive leaf extract (oleuropein 20%) and ginkgo biloba be harmful?

Not known to be: While gingko may interact with certain pharmaceutical drugs, there are no known interactions between olive leaf extract and gingko and no reason to think the combination would be harmful. ...Read more

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I'm taking Temazepam for insomnia. Is it safe to also drink a herbal tea containing Passion Flower, Chamomile, Lemon Balm & Linden Flowers beforehand?

I'm taking Temazepam for insomnia. Is it safe to also drink a herbal tea containing Passion Flower, Chamomile, Lemon Balm & Linden Flowers beforehand?

Yes: There should be no significant increase in sleepiness or ability to awaken in AM. If you are concerned , you may try to take or drink on the weekend when you are not going to work to make use you will be okay. ...Read more

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Can kava kava extract, valerian root or st. Johns wort cause a false positive for benzos on a hair follicle test?

Can kava kava extract, valerian root or st. Johns wort cause a false positive for benzos on a hair follicle test?

No, but: All these are a useless waste of money ; sometimes harmful. Why a hair follicle test? Collecting hairs for how long? There must be a special reason as this is not a routine test. ...Read more

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Can rhodiola rosea standardized extract be taken with maca root?

Can rhodiola rosea standardized extract be taken with maca root?

Yes: In fact some companies make supplements that combine these in the same capsule, often combined with additional herbs, to support sexual and reproductive health. It is common in herbal medicine to combine multiple herbs together for a synergistic effect. It is generally quite safe to combine herbs. ...Read more