Generic Name : GINKGO ABSTRACT – Ginkgo is sold as a herbal supplement, derived from the herb that is...
Ginkgo is sold as a herbal supplement, derived from the herb that is popularly called Gingko biloba, among other branded names. This drug has not been proven to be medically effective in treating conditions, but alternative medicine has witnessed Ginkgo in the treatment of anxiety, dementia, circulatory problems, premenstrual symptoms, blurry vision, vertigo, tardive dyskinesia, seasonal effective disorder, memory loss, tinnitus, hypertension, multiple sclerosis, cocaine addiction or impotence due to consumption of antidepressants. Medicinal use of this drug has not been approved by the FDA.
- Ginkgo is to be taken as directed by the doctors. Consume this drug only as prescribed to avoid harmful effects.
- Avoid using various forms of this drug to treat a singular condition.
Dosage varies from brand to brand.
SIDE EFFECTS –
- Upset stomach
- Irregular palpitations
- Mouth irritation
- Skin rashes
RARE SIDE EFFECTS –
- Easy bruising
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Weakening pulse
DRUG INTERACTIONS –
Ginkgo has moderate interactions with 266 different drugs.
- Provide the doctor with a detailed and accurate medical history prior to drug prescription. Notify especially in case of illnesses and conditions such as diabetic conditions, seizures, blood clot disorder, allergies to poison ivy/poison sumac or food allergies.
- Do not use this drug in case of an allergy to Ginkgo itself.
- Inform the doctor of all the drugs being consumed so as to avoid severe drug interactions. Do not consume this drug with Efavirenz, as it may cause a lethal interaction.
- Stop consuming Ginkgo 2 weeks prior to surgeries, dental work or medical procedure in case it is needed.
- Avoid touching gingko fruit pulp, as it may lead to a severe skin reaction.
- This drug can harm chances of pregnancy. Consult a doctor as to the use of this drug during feeding and gestation. Avoid using this drug while nursing.
- Keep out of reach of children.
- Do not consume fresh ginkgo seeds in their raw form, as they are unsafe to eat.
- In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.