Highlights for kava-kava
kava-kava Side Effects
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- breathing problems
- changes in vision
- dark urine
- general ill feeling or flu-like symptoms
- light-colored stools
- loss of appetite, nausea
- problems with balance, talking, walking
- right upper belly pain
- unusually weak or tired
- yellowing of eyes, hair, nails, or skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- drowsiness, dizziness
- weight changes
kava-kava May Interact with Other Medications
- barbiturate medicines for seizures or sleep
- medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
- medicines for sleep
- muscle relaxants
- narcotic pain relievers
How to Use kava-kava
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the package labeling, or take as directed by your health care professional. For best results take this medicine with food. Do not take this medicine more often than directed.
Contact your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. This medicine is not recommended for use in children.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- drug abuse or addiction
- if you frequently drink alcohol containing drinks
- liver disease
- mental problems like anxiety, depression
- an unusual or allergic reaction to kava kava, other herbs, plants, medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
See your doctor if your symptoms do not get better or if they get worse. Do not take this supplement for more than 4 weeks unless your doctor tells you to. Long term use of this supplement has not been proven to be helpful and may be harmful.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
If you are scheduled for any medical or dental procedure, tell your healthcare provider that you are taking this medicine. You may need to stop taking this medicine before the procedure.
Herbal or dietary supplements are not regulated like medicines. Rigid quality control standards are not required for dietary supplements. The purity and strength of these products can vary. The safety and effect of this dietary supplement for a certain disease or illness is not well known. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
The Food and Drug Administration suggests the following to help consumers protect themselves:
- Always read product labels and follow directions.
- Natural does not mean a product is safe for humans to take.
- Look for products that include USP after the ingredient name. This means that the manufacturer followed the standards of the US Pharmacopoeia.
- Supplements made or sold by a nationally known food or drug company are more likely to be made under tight controls. You can write to the company for more information about how the product was made.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature or as directed on the package label. Protect from moisture. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
Last Updated: June 19, 2009