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Kav A Kava
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Safe to take GNC Natra Sleep with zoloft (sertraline)? Natra sleep has Passion flower, lemon balm, valerian root, chamomile, and L- Theanine in it. Safe?
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
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
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
I'm taking Temazepam for insomnia. Is it safe to also drink a herbal tea containing Passion Flower, Chamomile, Lemon Balm & Linden Flowers beforehand?
Can kava kava extract, valerian root or st. Johns wort cause a false positive for benzos on a hair follicle test?
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