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Kava Root Extract Medication
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
Can kava kava extract, valerian root or st. Johns wort cause a false positive for benzos on a hair follicle test?
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
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
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
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
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
Can herbal supplements that come from china such as kava kava or valerian root have benzos or other substance that are not listed on the bottle ?
Hardly slept at a for more than a week. Tried, valerian root, melatonin, kava, motrinpm, ambien, and xanax (alprazolam). Xanax (alprazolam) helped two nights but does not work now.Also tried relaxation techniques suggested.Help?
Please see doctor: If you're not sleeping for over a week, there are multiple possible causes including bipolar hypomania or mania, intoxication with stimulants, withdrawal from alcohol or other drugs, etc. You need to see a physician -- preferably a psychiatrist -- in person for an evaluation to see what's going on and to get the right kind of help. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Hi my husband is having such bad anxiety and depression it is making him throw up. would st johns wort or kava help? valarian root was working
I threw away the Ativan that the doctor gave me because it doesn't mix well with my other meds plus i don't want to get addicted,i drink tea every night for anxiety and i'm wondering which of these is the best- valerian root,kava,or chamomile?
See below.: It's great you decided to try less addictive ways to reduce your anxiety. Chamomile is probably the safest tea to help you relax. You may want to drink less if you take aspirin or another blood thinner with it. Valerian is helpful for sleep and anxiety, but it may cause insomnia, upset stomach and irregular heart beat in some people. Kava has been linked with a few reports of liver disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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