What is Kava Kava?

Category: Supplements

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Kava Kava is derived from the rhizome, or root, of the plant, kava is from the Pacific Rim and Hawaiian Islands. It is used for anxiety, stress, and insomnia. The kavapyrones, thought responsible for activity, produce skeletal muscle relaxation, non-narcotic anesthesia, and local anesthetic effects.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Anxious mood 10 1
Promote relaxation 6 2
Generalized anxiety disorder 5 0
Problems concentrating 2 1
Bipolar I disorder 1 2
Bladder spasms 1 0

Show all 15 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 4
None 2

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Kava Kava

Side effect Patients Percentage
Drowsiness 1
Numbness in tongue 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Kava Kava

Dosage Patients Percentage
1other as needed 1
20drop(s) as needed 1
500mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Kava Kava

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 1
Expense 1
Other 1
See all 4 patients who've stopped taking Kava Kava

Duration

Currently taking Kava Kava

Duration Patients Percentage
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped taking Kava Kava

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 3
Usually 2
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 3
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 1
< $25 2
Not specified 2

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Kava Kava after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 1
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Kava Kava.