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HI!<br><br>
I haven't posted here in ages, but I'm having some minor out patient surgery in two weeks and I'm anxious about it. I usually take kava kava in small doses for anxiety. I need to know if it acts as a blood thinnner because if it does, I can't take it between now and then. Does anyone know for certain if it's safe/acts as a blood thinner/has any other side effects that would interfere with surgery? (I will be under a general anesthetic.) I have a prescription for anxiety (atavan) but I like the way the kava works better, so any thoughts would be appreciated!<br><br>
thanks!<br><br>
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I didnt want to read and not post, but I cant be of much help.<br><br>
I have taken kava before surgery, but not the same day as the surgery. I took it to relieve the anxiety of the months of waiting for the actual surgery.<br><br>
On surgery day I requested a xanax. It helped me, and honestly, I never thought of my weeks of kava tea leading up to it, or to ask. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 

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Kava <a href="http://www.med.umich.edu/1libr/aha/umherb04.htm" target="_blank">may have an anticoagulent effect</a>. It definitely can potentiate benzodiazepines, which I'd guess to be an equal concern, to say the least.
 
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