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Kava Root Medication
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
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
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
Can kava kava extract, valerian root or st. Johns wort cause a false positive for benzos on a hair follicle test?
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
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
Liver: Kava kava (piper methysticum) alone has been reported to cause liver toxicity and the combination increases this likelihood. ...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
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
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
See below: Kava kava has been shown to have some relaxation effects. However it also has been associated with liver damage. It's impossible to say how much kava could be dangerous because 1) the cause of the liver damage is unclear & 2) the amount of kava in a given preparation is not standardized. It's recommended that kava only be used under a doctor's supervision. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
I have read that Kava can damage your liver. How much Kava is too much? Is the damage reversible? Thank you
Kava: Kava is a supplement sometimes used for anxiety or stress. It has caused many cases of liver damage, resulting in the need for liver transplants and death in some cases. It has been banned in some countries accordingly. Liver problems have occurred even using normal doses for short-term use. Don't use it. ...Read more
What is your opinion on kava kava for anxiety? L-theanine has been helpful but i've heard mixed things about kava kava. What is proper dosage?
Wouldn't recommend : Kava has a slight maoi - type of activity, and this could be additive with maoi antidepressants. With ssri's like prozac, zoloft, and Paxil (paroxetine) etc, it can accentuate sedative action. So, i would not recommend combining kava with antidepressants. Kava is mostly used for anxiety -- if experiencing this on your antidepressant, please discuss with your doctor. Adjustments or changes might be made. ...Read more
Possibly: Each can cause hepatic/liver issues so the combination of the two is not advised. ...Read more
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