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Is Kava Kava Safe For Recovering Addicts
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
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
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
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
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
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
Tea: I doubt there are studies on your tea so I can not say it's safe. Need to know ingredients. ...Read more
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?
Are herbal supplements for anxiety and depression - such as kava kava, valerian root, and yerba mate - safe to use with the Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD?
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: There is no problem with either . How much kava kava should be consumed is another issue. ...Read more
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