What is GINKGO BILOBA used for?
Circulation and memory loss due to brain conditions such as stroke, Alzheimer disease, and dementia. It may also have other uses. Check with your pharmacist for more details regarding the particular brand you use.
Ginkgo biloba is an herbal product. It works by increasing blood flow to the brain.
Do NOT use GINKGO BILOBA if:
• You are allergic to any ingredient in ginkgo biloba
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using GINKGO BILOBA
Some medical conditions may interact with ginkgo biloba. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
• if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breast-feeding
• if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
• if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
• if you have a history of blood disorders or bleeding conditions
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with ginkgo biloba. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
• Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs; e.g., aspirin, ibuprofen) or warfarin because the risk of serious bleeding may be increased
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if ginkgo biloba may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use GINKGO BILOBA?
Use ginkgo biloba as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
• Dosing depends on the use and the source of the product.
• Use as directed on the package, unless instructed otherwise by your doctor.
• If you miss taking a dose of ginkgo biloba for 1 or more days, there is no cause for concern. If your doctor recommended that you take it, try to remember your dose every day.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use ginkgo biloba.
Possible side effects of GINKGO BILOBA
Some side effects of Ginkgo Biloba may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice.
Applies to ginkgo: oral capsule, oral tablet
Although uncommon, serious side effects have been reported with the use of ginkgo (the active ingredient contained in Ginkgo Biloba) If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking ginkgo and seek emergency medical attention or notify your doctor immediately:
• an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
• irregular heartbeats;
• muscle spasms or cramps;
• seizures; or
• Loss of consciousness.
Other less serious side effects have also been reported to occur. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you experience
• dizziness; or
• Stomach upset.
Do not use ginkgo seeds or fruit pulp. These have been shown to be toxic. Also, do not handle the ginkgo fruit pulp. A severe reaction including skin redness, swelling, blistering, and itching lasting for 7 to 10 days has been reported.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include seizures.
Storage of GINKGO BILOBA:
Store at room temperature away from heat, moisture, and light unless otherwise directed on the package label. Do not store in the bathroom. Most herbal products are not in childproof containers. Keep ginkgo biloba out of the reach of children and away from pets.