• Herbal supplement Kratom linked to serious side effects, deaths: study

    Herbal supplement Kratom linked to serious side effects, deaths: study0

    Kratom — an herbal supplement used to manage chronic pain and treat opioid addiction — is more dangerous than previously suspected, according to a new study linking it to dangerous side effects and even deaths.

    Binghamton University researchers reviewed statistics from the National Poison Data System and found over 2,300 people had called poison control centers across the US to report concern over Kratom-linked illness. The most common symptoms reported were agitation, rapid heartbeat, and drowsiness. However, others reported more serious symptoms like seizures, hallucinations, and even comas.

    “Kratom is not reasonably expected to be safe and poses a public health threat due to its availability as an herbal supplement,” a June study concluded in the Pharmacotherapy journal.… Continue reading.

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  • The kratom controversy: Is it a friend or a foe?

    The kratom controversy: Is it a friend or a foe?0

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  • Kratom is an herbal supplement with a cult following, but new research connects its use with vomiting, confusion, and even seizures

    Kratom is an herbal supplement with a cult following, but new research connects its use with vomiting, confusion, and even seizures0

    Kratom, a psychoactive substance derived from a relative of the coffee plant, is a hot trend in the herbal supplement world, marketed to treat everything from addiction to pain to post-traumatic stress disorder.

    But kratom’s wide availability and lack of regulation has prompted scrutiny from the medical community — and its use has been linked to serious health issues, according to a new study.

    Research published in June in the Pharmacotherapy journal looked at more than 2,000 calls to the National Poison Control Center involving kratom use. Of the 935 calls in which kratom was the only substance involved, the most common symptoms were relatively mild, like agitation and drowsiness.… Continue reading.

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  • Kratom: Herbal supplement not safe to treat pain and addiction

    Kratom: Herbal supplement not safe to treat pain and addiction0

    Washington: A popular herb called Kratom which is increasingly used to treat opioid addiction and pain is not safe, suggests a recent study. Kratom is a herbal supplement derived from a plant that grows throughout Southeast Asia. It is well-reported that the active chemicals in the plant act on opioid receptors in the body.

    Patients report using the supplement to treat/prevent withdrawal, treats opioid use disorder, or treat pain. William Eggleston, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Binghamton University and his team conducted a retrospective review of kratom exposures reported to the National Poison Data System to determine the toxicities associated with kratom use.… Continue reading.

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  • Herbal supplement, Kratom, not safe to treat addiction and pain

    Herbal supplement, Kratom, not safe to treat addiction and pain0

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  • Is herbal supplement, Kratom, safe to treat addiction and pain?

    Is herbal supplement, Kratom, safe to treat addiction and pain?0

    Washington D.C. , July 9 : A popular herb called Kratom which is increasingly used to treat opioid addiction and pain is not safe, suggests a recent study.
    Kratom is a herbal supplement derived from a plant that grows throughout southeast Asia. It is well-reported that the active chemicals in the plant act on opioid receptors in the body.

    Patients report using the supplement to treat/prevent withdrawal, treats opioid use disorder, or treat pain.

    William Eggleston, clinical assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Binghamton University and his team conducted a retrospective review of kratom exposures reported to the National Poison Data System to determine the toxicities associated with kratom use.… Continue reading.

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