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Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji Islands
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Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Posted 2:00 PM by Tevita
Assessment of the risk of hepatotoxicity with kava products
From : WHO
Opinion on key question
1. Evidence from our review of case reports suggests that kava lactones in any type of product may rarely cause hepatic adverse reactions because of kava-drug interactions, excessive alcohol intake, metabolic or immune mediated idiosyncrasy, excessive dose or pre-existing liver disease.
2. In addition to this background incidence, products made from acetonic and ethanolic extracts appear to be hepatotoxic on rare occasions, seemingly from non-kava lactone constituents. The incidence is unknown, but is more significant than the background e£lfect in '1'.
There has been international concern over the association of kava products and serious hepatotoxicity. Regulatory action banning these products in Europe has been controversial. The objective of this report is to investigate the possibility of hepatotoxicity with kava. This report is written in four major sections:
I Description of kava
IIA Safety information -literature review
IIB Safety infonnation -analysis of case reports
IVConclusions and recommendations
The first 3 sections are written as stand-alone documents with their own references. In addition there is:
II A safety information -literature review
2. Conclusions from review of case reports
Article Courtesy of : HC Bittenbender [firstname.lastname@example.org]
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