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Ginkgo Biloba

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Nootropic (cognitive enhancing agent) Adult

Ginkgo Biloba - What is it for

It is used by some people to help with mild dementia, Alzheimer disease, anxiety and memory problems. Some will take it to help with dizziness, ringing sounds in the ears or tiredness. It is not fully understood how ginkgo biloba works; but it is thought to improve blood flow to the brain and other parts of the body like the heart, legs, eyes, ears and lungs.

Ginkgo Biloba - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Ginkgo Biloba cause?

This supplement is generally well tolerated. Some common side effects that you may experience are headache, and gastrointestinal disorders such as nausea or vomiting or loose stools.

See the doctor immediately if you have allergic reactions such as rashes, swelling in the eye, lips or difficulty in breathing after taking the supplement.

Before taking Ginkgo Biloba, what precautions must I follow?

Always check with your doctor before starting ginkgo biloba.

Inform your doctor that you are taking ginkgo biloba if you are scheduled for surgery, pregnant or plan to become pregnant or breastfeeding.

Inform your doctor or pharmacist before starting ginkgo biloba, if

  • you have bleeding disorders.
  • you are on medication that helps to thin your blood, such as warfarin, heparin or enoxaparin.
  • you have epilepsy or you are on anti-seizure medications.
  • you are on an antiretroviral drug such as efavirenz as it may decrease the effectiveness of the drug.

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Ginkgo Biloba?

Ginkgo Biloba - Dosage and How to Use

How should Ginkgo Biloba be used?

The usual recommended dose is 1 tablet once or twice daily. It can be increased up to 2 tablets twice daily if necessary or as directed by the doctor. Do not take more than the recommended dose.

It may take at least 4 weeks to see its maximum effect.

Ginkgo biloba can be taken with or without food.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is too close to the next dose, skip the dose and take the next dose at your regular timing. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed dose.

What should I do if I overdose?

Ginkgo Biloba - Handling

How should I handle Ginkgo Biloba safely?

Ginkgo Biloba - Storage

How should I store Ginkgo Biloba?

Keep away from children;#Keep in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight;#Store at room temperature;#

How should I dispose of Ginkgo Biloba safely?

Ginkgo Biloba - Additional Information

  • Updated on Saturday, October 1, 2016
  • Article contributed by Pharmacy Department KK Women's and Children's Hospital

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