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When people ask if Kratom has any side effects, the answer to this question is subjective as it varies from person to person. Kratom is meant to be a “help” drug, and despite that, people still find ways to end up on the wrong side of it.
Kratom is used to help with withdrawal from opioid drugs such as morphine and heroin as well as other conditions such as anxiety, depression and cough. Some states in the United States have not made Kratom legal because of some safety concerns. However, the hope is for the drug to become legal nationwide because it had a lot of positive sides to it than the negatives. There is almost no drug this world without side effects, but for Kratom, its side effects are mostly felt when users abuse it, or they use while in a condition that they aren’t supposed to use it.
Here is a look at some kratom side-effects and how they come into play:
- Some people by negative side effects when they take kratom by mouth.
Some of the side effects that some people experience include numbness of the tongue, dry mouth, vomiting, nausea, hallucinations, thyroid problems. In some cases, if there is an abuse of the drug, it could lead to swelling, liver damage, seizures, breathing problems, brain swelling or even worse, death.
As much as it is a helpful drug for those dealing with withdrawal symptoms, kratom withdrawal is also a thing when an individual has used kratom regularly for some time. When such a person tries to stop using kratom, they might start to experience muscle pain, loss of appetite, insomnia, fever, hot flashes, diarrhoea, and anger.
- Using kratom during pregnancy
Kratom may not be safe for pregnant women. There have been cases in the past where pregnant women used kratom while pregnant and their babies experienced withdrawal symptoms. Such babies then had to get special treatment for addiction. To be safe, pregnant women should stay away from kratom.
Mothers who are breastfeeding are also advised to avoid using kratom because there isn’t enough information to ascertain the safety of using kratom during this period.
An alcoholic who uses kratom is more likely to commit suicide than someone who does not depend on alcohol but uses kratom. So, if a person has not been totally weaned off alcohol, using kratom is not advisable.
- Mental Disorders
The side-effect of someone with mental disorder using kratom is a high likelihood of committing suicide compared to users of kratom who do not have a mental disorder.
The bottom line is, there are not many side effects to using kratom; the side effects only come up when a user abuses the drug or uses it when they are not in a good state of health to cope with its actions.
There are many negatives to everything. We all need to evaluate our lives and come up with what is best for us as humans. We do not recommend you make any health-related changes without seeking a professional’s advice. A doctor is just a phone call away. Even if 95% of them have no idea what kratom is.