This medication is used to improve or induce sleep, decrease nervousness, restlessness, anxiety, and stress. Kava Kava is also known as awa, ava, ava pepper, kava pepper, intoxicating pepper, kava, kew, tonga, yangona, Piper Methysticum, kava root, rauschpfeffer, wurzelstock, and sakau.
This medication should be stored as directed on the package. In general, it should be stored in a sealed container at room temperature. Keep the medication away from light and moisture.
Before using this medicine, tell your health care providers about any of the following: if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding; if you have liver problems or allergies; if you are depressed or is being treated for depression.
When taking Kava Kava, avoid drinking alcohol because it may increase the risk of liver damage. If you are also taking muscle relaxers, narcotic pain medicines, sleeping pills, cold or allergy medicines, and medicine for depression, seizures, and anxiety can increase the sleepiness caused by Kava Kava.
Patient Family Information : Read the directions on the prescription label. Do not take larger doses than prescribed by your doctor. Take this medication as directed on the label or by your pharmacist, doctor, or other healthcare provider. If you are treating insomnia, take Kava 1 hour before bedtime. If used for other purposes, the medication can be taken one to several times a day. Kava Kava may be available in other formulations, for a more reliable dose of Kava Kava, make sure you use standardized tinctures, extracts, and solid formulations. Do not use different formulations because it will increase your risk on overdose of kava kava. Do not take Kava Kava for a long period of time because kava kava has been reported to lead to “kawanism” where you will experience symptoms of dry, feelings of poor health; flaking, discolored skin; puffy eyes; reddened eyes; blood abnormalities; muscle weakness; and a scaly skin rash. If you would like to take Kava Kava for longer than a 3 month period, contact your doctor firs
Do not take this medicine if you have liver problems because Kava Kava may cause severe liver injury such as hepatitis, liver failure, and cirrhosis. If you experience liver symptoms including stomach pain, itching, nausea, loss of appetite; jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes) clay-colored stools, or dark urine, stop taking Kava Kava and contact emergency medical immediately. Also, do not take Kava Kava if you are pregnant or are breastfeeding because Kava Kava may cause weaken muscle tone in the uterus.
Sever Side Effects : Severe: Seek medical emergency immediately if you notice liver symptoms including stomach pain, dark urine, clay-colored stools, nausea, loss of appetite, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), and itching.
Common: Changes in vision, morning drowsiness, or upset stomach.
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