Doctors at UB are warning pregnant women about the dangers of kratom and the impacts the herbal supplement could have on newborns.
Kratom has been growing in popularity among expecting mothers to ease pain, but could result in serious health effects.
Doctors at UB’s Jacobs School of Medicine say they usually see pregnant women previously on opioids, make the switch to kratom, an herbal supplement that can be bought over the counter but is not FDA approved.
“One theory behind it, women consider it a safe alternative to using opioids,” said Dr. Praveen Chandrasekharan of UB’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
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