1 minute reading time (164 words)

FDA Issues Advisory About Deadly Risks Associated With Herb Kratom

Kratom_Mitragyna_speciosa

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advised consumers to avoid using the herb kratom, citing 36 known deaths associated with products containing the substance.

Kratom comes from a plant in Southeast Asia. It is used to treat pain, anxiety, depression, and symptoms of opioid withdrawal, The Washington Post reports.

It is also used recreationally, because it produces symptoms such as euphoria, the article notes.

“There is no reliable evidence to support the use of kratom as a treatment for opioid use disorder,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement. “Patients addicted to opioids are using kratom without dependable instructions for use and more importantly, without consultation with a licensed health care provider about the product’s dangers, potential side effects or interactions with other drugs.”

The FDA noted that there have been reports of kratom being laced with other opioids like hydrocodone. The use of kratom is also associated with serious side effects like seizures, liver damage and withdrawal symptoms.

Original author: Ezra
Veterans Especially Hard Hit by Opioid Epidemic
Long-Acting and Daily Medications to Treat Opioid ...
 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Friday, 22 February 2019

Follow Us On

Copyright © 2019. NCADD East San Gabriel & Pomona Valleys Inc. All Rights Reserved.

mhpmm.com created and supported website.

Search