• Kratom-Linked Hepatoxicity on the Rise in the U.S.

    Kratom-Linked Hepatoxicity on the Rise in the U.S.0

    BOSTON — A small, but growing number of cases of liver injury, related to the herbal product kratom, have been observed over the past 2 years, a researcher said here.

    Cases of kratom-associated hepatotoxicity had been sporadic until 2017, when there were three cases alone for a total of seven cases since 2007, as well as four more pending from 2018, reported Victor Navarro, MD, of Albert Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia.

    “This is a bellwether,” he said at a press conference at the Liver Meeting, the annual meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. “Not only are we seeing increased use of kratom and adverse events associated with it, but liver injury.”

    Kratom is derived from an Asian plant, and the authors noted that product has opioid-like effects — a stimulant at low doses and a sedative hypnotic at high doses.… Continue reading.

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  • Kratom-related liver injuries on the rise in the US

    Kratom-related liver injuries on the rise in the US0

    BOSTON — The commercially available botanical product kratom, often used for its psychotropic effects, was associated with several cases of liver injury, according to data presented at The Liver Meeting 2019.

    “We found that the frequency of kratom use is on the rise in the United States,” Victor J. Navarro, MD, FAASLD, medical director of liver transplantation at the Einstein Healthcare Network in Pennsylvania, said during a press conference. “We first recognized this trend over the past couple of years, but it became evident that the trend was on the rise as more cases of kratom-related adverse events were being reported.”

    According to Navarro, kratom is made from Mitragyna speciosa and has stimulant effects at low doses or sedative and narcotic effects at high doses.… Continue reading.

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  • Botanical product kratom may cause liver toxicity and injury, study finds

    Botanical product kratom may cause liver toxicity and injury, study finds0

    Data from a new study presented this week at The Liver Meeting® – held by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases – found that kratom, a popular and widely available product, may cause liver toxicity and severe liver injury. Kratom has stimulant effects at low doses, and sedative or narcotic, opioid-like effects at high doses. This supplement has abuse potential, a risk that more healthcare practitioners should recognize and discuss with their patients.

    Kratom is a botanical product made from Mitragyna speciosa─ a tropical evergreen tree in the coffee family found in Southeast Asia ─ with several active alkaloids driving its activity.… Continue reading.

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  • Kratom associated with liver damage

    Kratom associated with liver damage0

    The popular herbal supplement kratom may cause liver damage, researchers warn.

    Kratom is widely available in smoke shops and online. It’s a botanical product made from Mitragyna speciosa, a tropical evergreen tree found in Southeast Asia. At low doses, it’s a stimulant. At high doses, it has an opioid-like effect.

    Use of kratom has risen sharply since the start of the opioid epidemic, and more than 90 deaths have been linked to it, researchers say.

    “There are risks associated with using kratom, and liver injury is on the list of things that are a potential consequence of using it,” said William Eggleston, a clinical assistant professor at the Binghamton University-State University of New York’s School of Pharmacy.… Continue reading.

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  • Is Kratom Safe? New Study Links Substance to Liver Health Issues

    Is Kratom Safe? New Study Links Substance to Liver Health Issues0

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    Kratom has been used to relieve pain and ease opioid addiction. Getty Images
    • Researchers say kratom may cause severe liver injury in some people.
    • They looked at 404 cases of liver injury connected to supplements and reported that 8 cases may be associated with kratom.
    • Experts say it’s too early to determine if kratom causes liver damage or other health problems.

    As a plant-based supplement named kratom increases in popularity, the full picture of its potential benefits and harms is still becoming clear.

    That increase has been attributed to its use as a possible treatment for opioid withdrawal as well as other potential uses.

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  • A toxicologist joins us to talk about the dangers of Kratom

    A toxicologist joins us to talk about the dangers of Kratom0

    A local young man died after taking an herb that is marketed as an organic pain killer and it’s sold in several local stores.

    Copyright 2019 by WJXT News4Jax – All rights reserved.… Continue reading.

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