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    I remember reading a thread on questions regarding the herbal supplement "kava kava." I just wanted to update everyone on new research, showing the high potential for liver damage, along with other very serious side-effects. I know of a few people who take this to help them to get a good-night's sleep. This in conjunction with AAS usage could be quite dangerous...just wanted to update everyone who is, or is thinking of using this supplement.

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    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers of the potential risk of severe liver injury associated with the use of kava-containing dietary supplements. Kava (Piper methysticum) is a plant indigenous to the islands in the South Pacific where it is commonly used to prepare a traditional beverage. Supplements containing the herbal ingredient kava are promoted for relaxation (e.g., to relieve stress, anxiety, and tension), sleeplessness, menopausal symptoms and other uses. FDA has not made a determination about the ability of kava dietary supplements to provide such benefits.

    Liver-related risks associated with the use of kava have prompted regulatory agencies in other countries, including those in Germany, Switzerland, France, Canada, and the United Kingdom, to take action ranging from warning consumers about the potential risks of kava use to removing kava-containing products from the marketplace. Although liver damage appears to be rare, FDA believes consumers should be informed of this potential risk.

    Kava-containing products have been associated with liver-related injuries – including hepatitis, cirrhosis, and liver failure -- in over 25 reports of adverse events in other countries. Four patients required liver transplants. In the U.S., FDA has received a report of a previously healthy young female who required liver transplantation, as well as several reports of liver-related injuries.

    Given these reports, persons who have liver disease or liver problems, or persons who are taking drug products that can affect the liver, should consult a physician before using kava-containing supplements.

    Consumers who use a kava-containing dietary supplement and who experience signs of illness associated with liver disease should also consult their physician. Symptoms of serious liver disease include jaundice (yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes) and brown urine. Non-specific symptoms of liver disease can include nausea, vomiting, light-colored stools, unusual tiredness, weakness, stomach or abdominal pain, and loss of appetite.

    FDA urges consumers and their health care professionals to report any cases of liver and other injuries that may be related to the use of kava-containing dietary supplements. Adverse events associated with the use of dietary supplements should be reported as soon as possible to FDA's MedWatch program by calling their toll-free number (1-800-332-1088) or through the Internet (http://www.fda.gov/medwatch).
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    Nice cut'n'paste mate, i have fijian friends who drink it every weekend its a traditional drink for them. It comes in powder form and you add as much as you need to get the desired effect which is pretty much a sedative but im telling you it tastes like mud.As for the paragraph regarding the liver i suppose its in comparison with alcohol when if you abuse it, of course its going to screw your liver up............HITMAN
    PS- as for combining it with AS i really cant see the problem if used in moderation and if used after training i mean you dont want to drop a weight on your head cause you buzzed.

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