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   Kava Root

Kava Root
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Kava has been used for anxiety and stress. Germany, Switzerland, and Canada have banned products containing kava because of the risk of liver injury. The US FDA has issued a public safety alert about kava and liver problems.Some herbal/diet supplement products have been found to contain possibly harmful impurities/additives. Check with your pharmacist for more details regarding the particular brand you use.The FDA has not reviewed this product for safety or effectiveness. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

 
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Kava Root

Uses
Kava has been used for anxiety and stress. Germany, Switzerland, and Canada have banned products containing kava because of the risk of liver injury. The US FDA has issued a public safety alert about kava and liver problems.Some herbal/diet supplement products have been found to contain possibly harmful impurities/additives. Check with your pharmacist for more details regarding the particular brand you use.The FDA has not reviewed this product for safety or effectiveness. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
Notes
  • Tell your doctor that you are taking kava.
  • Keep all regular medical and laboratory appointments.
  • Your doctor may order liver function tests to check for side effects.

Storage
  • Refer to storage information printed on the package.
  • If you have any questions about storage, ask your pharmacist.
  • Keep all medications and herbal products away from children and pets.

Overdose
  • Symptoms of overdose may include: severe drowsiness, inability to move.

How To Use
  • Take this product by mouth as directed.
  • Follow all directions on the product package.
  • If you are uncertain about any of the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.This herbal product should not be used for more than 3 months at a time.If your condition persists or worsens, or if you think you may have a serious medical problem, seek immediate medical attention.

Side Effects
  • See also Warning section.Nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, mouth numbness, or blurred vision may occur.
  • If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor immediately.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: muscle spasm/stiffness/weakness, uncontrolled movements (especially of lips and tongue), loss of coordination, shakiness (tremor), easy bleeding/bruising, weight loss, red/pink urine.Taking kava continuously for a long time may cause reddened eyes, dry/scaly skin, or yellowing hair/skin/nails.
  • These symptoms usually disappear when kava is stopped.
  • Stop taking kava immediately if you develop any of these symptoms.
  • Yellowing skin may also be a sign of liver problems.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you develop yellow eyes/skin.A very serious allergic reaction to this product is rare.
  • However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Before taking kava, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies.If you have any of the following health problems, consult your doctor or pharmacist before using this product: depression, past/current liver disease, Parkinson's disease.This product may make you dizzy or drowsy or cause blurred vision.
  • Use caution while driving, using machinery, or doing any activity that requires alertness or clear vision.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages because alcohol may worsen these effects and increase the risk of serious liver problems.Liquid forms of this product may contain sugar and/or alcohol.
  • Caution is advised if you have diabetes, alcohol dependence, or liver disease.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist about using this product safely.Kava is not recommended for use during pregnancy.
  • Consult your doctor before using this product.This product may pass into breast milk and have undesirable effects on a nursing infant.
  • Therefore, breast-feeding is not recommended while using this drug.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember.
  • If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
  • Do not double the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.This product should not be used with the following medication because a very serious interaction may occur: alprazolam.If you are currently using the medication listed above, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting kava.Before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: drugs that can harm the liver (e.g., acetaminophen, amiodarone, carbamazepine, isoniazid, methotrexate, methyldopa, "statins" such as atorvastatin and lovastatin), "blood thinners" (e.g., warfarin), drugs for Parkinson's disease (e.g., levodopa, bromocriptine).Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you also take drugs that cause drowsiness such as: certain antihistamines (e.g., diphenhydramine), anti-seizure drugs (e.g., carbamazepine), medicine for sleep or anxiety (e.g., diazepam, zolpidem), muscle relaxants, narcotic pain relievers (e.g., codeine), psychiatric medicines (e.g., chlorpromazine, risperidone, amitriptyline, trazodone).Check the labels on all your medicines (e.g., cough-and-cold products) because they may contain ingredients that may make you drowsy.
  • Ask your pharmacist about using those products safely.

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