E-DRUG: Info needed about kafa drug in Angola
Can you help me.
We met a drug called kafa. Should be painkiller? Turkish?
Look forward to your response.
Rijk van Ginkel
M.D., PhD, DTM&H
Identfying drugs by email is not easy. It would be recommended if E-druggers
also add the reason or circumstances of their requests. E.g., is the patient
ill? What symptoms? Where was the drug obtained? Was there a label? How long
Do you mean kaFa or kaVa?
KAFA is a term from Ayurvedic medicine. See
The ayurveda considers the body as comprising of 3 important constituents i.e.
'vata', 'pitta' and 'kafa' which can be equated to their nearest English terms
as, 'air', 'bile/acidity' and 'phlegm'. Any imbalance in them is considered as
a causative factor for particular diseases. The different seasons of the year
contribute to their balance/imbalance. Ex. Pitta is prominent in 'sharat-ritu'
(Sep-Oct) hence, hyperacidity symptoms have to be treated with potent antacids
like, H2 - blockers during this season than the hyperacidity symptoms of other
seasons, which can be cured b mild antacids. Similarly 'vata' and 'kafa'
disorders are treated with their potent medicines in their respective seasons.
Maybe you mean KAVA?
Kava is a herbal remedy (Piper Methysticum), and has been implicated in liver
problems. There are FDA Medwatch warnings for this drug. See
Kava-containing Dietary Supplements (Piper methysticum)
Audience: Healthcare Professionals and Consumers
The FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) notified
healthcare professionals and consumers of the potential risk of severe liver
injury associated with the use of kava-containing dietary supplements.
Supplements containing the herbal ingredient kava are promoted for relaxation
(e.g., to relieve stress, anxiety, and tension), sleeplessness, menopausal
symptoms and other uses. Kava-containing products have been associated with
liver-related injuries, including hepatitis, cirrhosis, and liver failure.
Given these reports, persons who have liver disease or liver problems, or
persons who are taking drug products that can affect the liver, should consult
a physician before using kava-containing supplements. [The links below open new
browser windows with the CFSAN safety alert pages.]
[March 26, 2002 Consumer Advisory - FDA]
[March 26, 2002 Letter to Healthcare Professionals - FDA]
Past FDA Alerts
[Dec 19, 2001 Letter to Healthcare Professionals - FDA]
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