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I have extreme mood swings and my doctor out me on zoloft (sertraline). I would rather not be on medication, is kava extract okay?
Extreme mood swings: Before you consider supplements, have a good heart to heart talk with your psychiatrist about how you are responding to zoloft, (sertraline) as well as why you don't want to be on medications. Extreme mood swings might require medication to begin with, until there's more stability. Then alternatives can be explored. If you can't talk to your doctor, find one you can trust. Better not to explore supplements yet. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
I'm 29 weeks pregnant, what are side effects of kava right now? Could the benefit outweigh the risks? Pharmaceutical medication is not an option.
No: Do not know the risks to the fetus. Discuss with your ob. ...Read more
Depends: It depends. Effects can last up to 12 hours; metabolites can stay in your system for up to 2 weeks. At most use one kava capsule three times a week and take a full week off each month. it is preferable to use kava no more than two times a week. Kava use on a daily basis can harm the liver. In rare cases, daily kava kava use can lead to severe liver harm: may result in total liver failure. ...Read more
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, 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
Herbal remedies: can help. Others are Valerian Root, and small doses of Melatonin (very small during the day as this is usually used at night to help fall asleep). The cause of anxiety is worth investigating, because anxiety itself is a symptom of other dynamics, physical or mental. Here's a reference: http://www.psychologyproductsandservices.com/page2.html ...Read more
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Is kava dangerous to your health? If so, is there a certain amount of consumption that should be avoided (eg is once a week ok)?
Kava-kava: Kava is consumed through polynesia, including hawaii, vanuatu, melanesia and some parts of micronesia. It is sedating and is used in several forms to relax without disrupting mental clarity. Active ingredients are called kavalactones. One study showed it likely to be more effective than placebo at treating anxiety. Low doses are safe. ...Read more
Yes: There is no problem with either . How much kava kava should be consumed is another issue. ...Read more
With caution: Whenever any 2 drugs or herbs are taken that can cause relaxation/sedation there can be an additive effect so you get more sedated than either alone- but this is probably the whole point of your wanting to take them together! it should be safe but use with caution and don't drive/do anything hazardous:http://www.Drugs.Com/drug-interactions/kava-with-valerian-root-2381-0-2284-10628.Html?Consumer=1. ...Read more