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Ginkgo

Generic Name: ginkgo (GINK goe)
Brand Name: Ginkgo Biloba, Gingko Biloba
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Drug Information:
Ginkgo is an herb also known as Ginkgo biloba, Abricot Argenté Japonais, Adiantifolia, Arbre aux Écus, Arbre du Ciel, Arbre Fossile, Bai Guo Ye, Baiguo, Extrait de Ginkgo, Fossil Tree, Graine de Ginkgo, Herba Ginkgo Biloba, Japanese Silver Apricot, Kew Tree, Maidenhair Tree, Noyer du Japon, Pei Go Su Ye, Salisburia Adiantifolia, Yen Xing, Yinhsing, and other names. Ginkgo has been used in alternative medicine as a possibly effective aid in improving mental function or treating anxiety, dementia, leg pain caused by blood circulation problems, premenstrual symptoms, vision problems caused by glaucoma or diabetes, vertigo (dizziness), or a movement disorder (tardive dyskinesia) caused by taking certain antipsychotic drugs. Learn more

Ginkgo Side Effects

Ginkgo Side Effects

Applies to ginkgo: oral capsule, oral tablet

Warning

Follow all directions on the product label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using ginkgo and call your healthcare provider at once if you have:

  • easy bruising, unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum);

  • any bleeding that will not stop;

  • a seizure (convulsions); or

  • weak pulse, weak or shallow breathing, feeling like you might pass out.

Touching or handling ginkgo fruit pulp can cause a severe skin reaction including redness, swelling, blistering, and itching for up to 10 days.

In animal studies, ginkgo leaf extract increased the risk of thyroid cancer and liver cancer. However, very high doses are used in animal studies. It is not known whether these effects would occur in people using doses recommended for human use.

Common side effects may include:

  • upset stomach, constipation;

  • headache, dizziness;

  • fast or pounding heartbeats;

  • mouth irritation; or

  • skin rash.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.

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Medically reviewed by BestRx Medical Team Last updated on 1/1/2020.

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