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Re: Any supplements for depression/anxiety besides?... Mogger

Posted by Tony P on January 18, 2018, at 18:32:28

In reply to Re: Any supplements for depression/anxiety besides?... Tony P, posted by Mogger on January 18, 2018, at 14:54:21

> I would like to try Kava Kava but am worried about drug interactions. Do you feel it is relatively clean with your other meds? Does NMD cause anxiety?

I can find no official notice of significant drug interactions, and I have not experienced any problems myself with a variety of antidepressants, cold/allergy remedies, and some anxiolytics & muscle relaxants. However,

1) It may have an additive effect with any of the above. Start slowly.

2) Scott pointed out in another thread that if Kava has MAOI-B activity (as stated by Wikipedia), high doses can have the same problems as any MAOI, especially problems with aged cheese, sausage etc., and certain medications, notably other MAOIs, stimulants, decongestants and the cough suppressant DM aka DXM. As I say, I haven't experienced any symptoms that would suggest this is a major concern, and I do spot-check my blood-pressure from time to time. You could check your medications with an online tool such as or by adding selegeline to your list -- it's a mild MAOI-B.

I'm not sure what NMD is -- a niacin derivative?

My Meds
Escitalopram 20 mg
Bupropion XR 75 mg
Diazepam 5 mg tid - weaning
Propranolol 20 mg tid
Robaxin - non-prescribed; weaning
Kava - non-Rx, prn




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