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Review: Kava side effects

In this review, we analyze Kava side effects by the time on the drug, gender and age (0-60+) of the people who have side effects while taking Kava. The review is based on 14 people who have side effects while taking Kava from FDA and social media, and is updated regularly.

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What is Kava

Kava (latest outcomes from 22 users) has active ingredients of kava. It is often used in stress and anxiety.

It can also be called: Ava Pepper, Ava Root, Awa, Gea, Gi, Intoxicating Long Pepper, Intoxicating Pepper, Kao, Kavain, Kavapipar, Kawa Kawa, Kawa Pepper, Kawapfeffer, Kew, Long Pepper, Maori Kava, Malohu, Maluk, Meruk, Milik, Piper methysticum, Rauschpfeffer, Rhizome Di Kava-Kava, Sakau, Tonga, Wurzelstock, Yagona, Yangona, Yaqona, Yongona.

On Jan, 27, 2015: 14 people who reported to have side effects when taking Kava are studied


Most common side effects over time * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ yearsnot specified
Cholecystitis (infection of gallbladder)n/aBlood Pressure IncreasedHigh Blood PressureRash Generalised (rash on most of body parts)n/an/aBlood Glucose Increased
Hepatitis (inflammation of the liver)Back Pain
Hepatitis AcuteLethargy (tiredness)
Stretch MarksDisorientation (disability in which the senses of time, direction, and recognition of people and places)
Intervertebral Disc Protrusion (spinal disc protrusion)
Femur Fracture
Synovitis (inflammation of the synovial membrane)
Night Sweats (sweating in night)
Stress Urinary Incontinence (leak urine with things like coughing, sneezing or exercise)
Spondylolisthesis (displacement of a vertebra or the vertebral column in relation to the vertebrae below)

Most common side effects by gender * :

Synovitis (inflammation of the synovial membrane)Back Pain
Stress Urinary Incontinence (leak urine with things like coughing, sneezing or exercise)Lethargy (tiredness)
Tendon Disorder (disease of tendon)Blood Glucose Increased
Tibia Fracture (fracture of lower leg bone)Disorientation (disability in which the senses of time, direction, and recognition of people and places)
Bladder DisorderAkathisia (a movement disorder characterized by a feeling of inner restlessness)
Femur FractureAnxiety
Intervertebral Disc Protrusion (spinal disc protrusion)Agitation (state of anxiety or nervous excitement)
Spondylolisthesis (displacement of a vertebra or the vertebral column in relation to the vertebrae below)Abdominal Distension
Multiple Sclerosis (a nervous system disease that affects your brain and spinal cord. it damages the myelin sheath)Blister (small pocket of fluid within the upper layers of the skin caused by forceful rubbing (friction), burning, freezing, chemical exposure)
Ankle Impingement (ankle impingement occurs when soft tissues around the ankle are pinched or nipped)Abdominal Pain Upper

Most common side effects by age * :

n/an/an/aPulmonary Embolism (blockage of the main artery of the lung)Jaundice (a yellowish pigmentation of the skin, the conjunctival membranes)n/aLethargy (tiredness)Back Pain
Cholecystitis (infection of gallbladder)Malaise (a feeling of general discomfort or uneasiness)Disorientation (disability in which the senses of time, direction, and recognition of people and places)Blood Glucose Increased
Hepatitis (inflammation of the liver)Mental Status Changes (general changes in brain function, such as confusion, amnesia (memory loss), loss of alertness, loss of orientation)Synovitis (inflammation of the synovial membrane)Rash Generalised (rash on most of body parts)
Hepatitis AcuteRash (redness)Stress Urinary Incontinence (leak urine with things like coughing, sneezing or exercise)
Headache (pain in head)Tendon Disorder (disease of tendon)
DiarrhoeaBladder Disorder
Blood Pressure IncreasedFemur Fracture
Abdominal PainTibia Fracture (fracture of lower leg bone)
Coagulopathy (blood's ability to clot is impaired)Night Sweats (sweating in night)
Stretch MarksSpondylolisthesis (displacement of a vertebra or the vertebral column in relation to the vertebrae below)

* Some reports may have incomplete information.

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  • From this study (1 year ago):

  • I have had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibro Myalgia, Wilsons Syndrome and Hashimoto's Disease for 22 years. I suffered an injury to the pelvic floor this last summer and am now experiencing spikes in blood pressure, anxiety that awakens me suddenly from sleep and sets in shortly after breakfast and general non-specific depression. I am wondering if one or more of these meds might be causing these three symptoms or contributing to any of them. Thank you.


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  • Can i take kava kava with vyvance
    just wondering if kava kava and vyvance can be used together
  • What do i have, it's bothering me (1 answer)
    finger bones on fire at tips and also toes burning like fire; back of neck and tip of nose very cold and eyes puffy; urine is red sometimes but then sometimes dark brown with yellow foam and white spots in it; tongue coated all white and smells bad; can't sit still because the tailbone is on fire; also burning when passing urine and poo poo smell very bad like ammonia; vision blur and see floating spots when i bend down to tie shoe--can't cook food, smell too bad, really bad if fish or carrots; sounds all loud and ringy and have the ring in right ear at night; wake up early and can't sleep well--want to throw up some times--never do, but get really dizzy--skin have rash on elbows and losing hair on top and also on botton, where it turn grey--everything smell bad, even ocean air or from fan in attic; can't stand sound of birds skawking--want to just lie down all the time--no energy--legs get weak late in morning or if i sit too long-can't watch tv no more, all the colors blur and have to sit too close and everyone get mad--stuff drip from nose and dry on upper lip--taste bad--hard to swallow--try a lot to swallow--feel lump in throat all the time--big lump on neck move up and down when i swallow; get very red and hurt a lot. what do i have? no one know. no doctor want see me. what i have?

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