alexa Fatal fulminant hepatic failure induced by a natural therapy containing kava.


Medicinal chemistry

Author(s): Gow PJ, Connelly NJ, Hill RL, Crowley P, Angus PW

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Abstract We describe a case of acute liver failure and death associated with the use of a preparation containing the "natural" anxiolytic kava (Piper methysticum) and passionflower (Passiflora incarnata). The patient died after a report by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) warning of the potential for hepatotoxicity associated with the use of kava-containing products. The general public and alternative medicine practitioners need to be aware of the potential for non-prescription drugs to cause serious hepatic reactions.
This article was published in Med J Aust and referenced in Medicinal chemistry

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