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Safe to use magnesium and kava together?

Safe to use magnesium and kava together?

Yes, however...: Both magnesium and kava can have a relaxing effect and make you pretty mellow. It is perfectly safe to take them together, just be aware that it might make you sleepy and you should not try to drive or operate heavy equipment for a few hours after taking. While generally safe and well tolerated be aware of potential hazards. See https://draxe.com/kava-root/ for more info. ...Read more

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How safe is the combination of Kava Kava and ibuprofen?

How safe is the combination of Kava Kava and ibuprofen?

Limited issues : There is some chance of increased liver damage but to again this is really of limited concern. There is no strong interaction. ...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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Please help, how much kava is safe without liver damege?

Please help, how much kava is safe without liver damege?

Don't do it: I'd urge you not to use it at all. You don't know what parts of the plant are in your tea / pills, the benefits are dubious, and there are better ways to relax. ...Read more

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Is Kava safe? I'm trying to take it for some social anxiety and for the stage freight. Thank you

Is Kava safe? I'm trying to take it for some social anxiety and for the stage freight. Thank you

Good Kava is safe: Kava drinkers relate a pleasant sense of tranquillity & sociability upon consumption. Original scientific studies of Kava was performed by the noted pharmacologist Louis Lewin in 1886. Anxiolytic dosage 40-75 mg of kavalactones three times daily- as needed basis. Kava must be bought from a reputable source. ...Read more

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Please explain if it is safe to take kava kava while taking mirtazapine?

Please explain if it is safe to take kava kava while taking mirtazapine?

Probably: Kava is not regulated by the fda and therefore it is not known how much of the active ingredient, kavalactones, you are getting. However, the combination is likely safe. ...Read more

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Is Kava safer than Benzodiapemes? If trying to reduce benzo use is it safe to alternate between the two and if so how long do you wait? Thanks

Doctor: There are antianxiety medications that are not bernzodiazepines. The research on these assures their effectiveness. Talk to your doctor about these other medications. ...Read more

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Is yogi kava stress relief tea safe to drink while breastfeeding?

Is yogi kava stress relief tea safe to drink while breastfeeding?

Tea: I doubt there are studies on your tea so I can not say it's safe. Need to know ingredients. ...Read more

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I take Wellbutrin for depression and Vistaril for anxiety. I enjoy drinking yogi tea, I was wondering if it is safe to drink the Kava stress relieftea?

I take Wellbutrin for depression and Vistaril for anxiety. I enjoy drinking yogi tea, I was wondering if it is safe to drink the Kava stress relieftea?

Understand: Understand that Kava is a tranquilizer/sedative: it will make you sleepy. Added to your other meds you could be dopey and accident-prone. Do not drive or work around machinery if you use it. ...Read more

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Are herbal supplements for anxiety and depression - such as kava kava, valerian root, and yerba mate - safe to use with the Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD?

Yes: The herbal supplements for anxiety are no more or less safe with a Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD than without and do not effect the effectiveness of the IUD. Just as with all medicines, herbs do have risks and side-effects. ...Read more

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What is kava?

What is kava?

Root for relaxation: Kava is a plant whose root is used as a natural treatment for anxiety and insomnia. It has a long history of safe folk use in fiji but certain preparations may cause liver damage; the right form is probably safe. See http://www.Webmd.Com/anxiety-panic/news/20090514/kava-for-anxiety-is-short-term-use-safe ; http://umm.Edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/kava-kava. ...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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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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Does kava work to control pain?

Does kava work to control pain?

Not well studied: Kava can produce certain anesthetic effects as well as producing a feeling if well being. It has the potential for addiction. I know of no controlled studies of its effects in chronic pain. ...Read more

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What do you take kava kava for?

What do you take kava kava for?

Do not use it: Kava has been known to cause severe liver damage up to the point of requiring a transplant. Even after short term use it can be liver toxic. There is a long list of medications that show an interaction between kava and the medication. Kava is supposed to be indicated for stress relief as well as a long list of other indications. None of these have been scientifically proven. ...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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Is kava ok to take now that it is no longer banned?

Is kava ok to take now that it is no longer banned?

Yes, with caution: Kava has been safely used for centuries in Fiji and appears to be effective for anxiety, insomnia and muscle tension. There is concern about it causing liver damage in some people but this is rather rare and reversible and occurs mostly in heavy drinkers or those taking other drugs that cause liver damage. To be safe you can have your liver enzymes monitored but it is generally safe. See comment: ...Read more

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Please tell me what's the best way to take kava kava?

Please tell me what's the best way to take kava kava?

Don't take it at all: 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 interaction 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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Is it okay to drink Kava Kava if I'm taking Cetirizine?

Yes: There is no problem with either . How much kava kava should be consumed is another issue. ...Read more