Kava

  • SCIENTIFIC NAME: Piper methysticum
  • INDICATIONS: Psychosis, depression, headache, migraines, colds, rheumatism, cystitis, vaginal prolapse, otitis, abscesses, antistress, analgesic, local anesthetic, anticonvulsant
  • SYNONYM: Piperaceae
  • CLASS: Anxiolytic
  • HALF-LIFE: N/A
CLINICALLY IMPORTANT, POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS INTERACTIONS WITH:

Alcohol, Alprazolam, Amitriptyline, Benzodiazepines

PREGNANCY CATEGORY: N/A

Products containing kava have been implicated in cases of severe liver toxicity. Serious adverse effects include hepatitis, cirrhosis and liver failure. At least one patient required a liver transplant. Kava has now been banned in many countries

Kava was discovered by Captain Cook, who named the plant “intoxicating pepper.” In the South Pacific, kava is a popular social drink, similar to alcohol in Western societies.

Our database has 15 adverse reactions for this drug across the following areas

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SKIN
CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM
GASTROINTESTINAL/HEPATIC
OCULAR
OTHER


Page last updated 09/19/2018

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Incidence info

  • <1%
  • 1-5%
  • 5-10%
  • 10-15%
  • 15-20%
  • 20-30%
  • >30%

Seriousness info

  • Hospitalization possible
  • Life threatening
  • Fatal

Warnings in other populations info

  • Breast feeding
  • Geriatric
  • Pediatric