In this Article
- What other names is Kava known by?
- What is Kava?
- Is Kava effective?
- How does Kava work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Kava.
Using kava can make you unable to drive or operate machinery safely. Do not take kava before you plan on driving. "Driving-under-the-influence" citations have been issued to people driving erratically after drinking large amounts of kava tea.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Don't use kava if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Kava is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth. There is a concern that it might affect the uterus. Also, some of the dangerous chemicals in kava can pass into breast milk and might hurt a breast-fed infant.
Depression: Kava use might make depression worse.
Liver problems: Kava is hard on the liver, even healthy ones. Taking kava if you already have liver disease is taking a risk.
Surgery: Kava affects the central nervous system. It might increase the effects of anesthesia and other medications used during and after surgery. Stop using kava at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
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