You may experience some or none of the side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a medicine that you have never tried.
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while taking kava or if something "just does not seem right" during treatment. While it may not be a side effect of the supplement, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
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Jellin JM, editor. Pharmacist's Letter/Prescriber's Letter Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Web site. Available at: http://naturaldatabase.com/. Accessed February 21, 2008.
National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine. National Institutes of Health. Herbs at a glance: kava (May 2006). NCCAM Web site. Available at: http://nccam.nih.gov/health/kava/. Accessed February 21, 2008.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. Kava-containing dietary supplements may be associated with severe liver injury (3/22/2002). FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/addskava.html. Accessed February 21, 2008.
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