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kava (cont.)

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What happens if I miss a dose ()?

Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra kava to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose ()?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

Symptoms of a kava overdose have been reported to include tiredness, sleepiness, and poor coordination.

Kava should not be used for longer than three months without a doctor's supervision. The long-term use of kava has reportedly lead to "kawanism", which is characterized by dry, flaking, discolored skin; reddened eyes; a scaly skin rash; puffy face; muscle weakness; blood abnormalities; and feelings of poor health.

What should I avoid while taking kava ()?

Do not give any herbal/health supplement to a child without a doctor's advice.

Avoid drinking alcohol while taking kava. Alcohol may increase your risk of liver damage.

Cold or allergy medicine, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression or anxiety can add to sleepiness caused by kava. Tell your doctor if you need to use any of these other medicines while you are taking kava.

What other drugs will affect kava ()?

Before taking kava, tell your doctor if you are also using a sedative such as diazepam (Valium) or similar medicines such as alprazolam (Xanax), chlordiazepoxide (Librium), clorazepate (Tranxene), estazolam (ProSom), flurazepam (Dalmane), lorazepam (Ativan), midazolam (Versed), temazepam (Restoril), triazolam (Halcion), and others.

There may be other drugs that can interact with kava. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

Consult with a licensed healthcare professional before using any herbal/health supplement. Whether you are treated by a medical doctor or a practitioner trained in the use of natural medicines/supplements, make sure all your healthcare providers know about all of your medical conditions and treatments.


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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