ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba, Fossil Tree, Kew Tree, Silver Apricot)

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GENERIC NAME: Ginkgo biloba

BRAND NAME: Fossil Tree, Kew Tree, Silver Apricot

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Ginkgo biloba is a natural herbal supplement. Ginkgo biloba may have antioxidant properties. Ginkgo biloba also slows down platelet binding in the body, which may increase bleeding risks. Ginkgo biloba is commonly used for memory improvement and dementia. Check with your health-care professional before using herbs or herbal supplements.

PRESCRIPTION: No

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Ginkgo biloba is available as oral capsules, liquid soft gels, tea extract, and liquid extract. Concentration of gingko biloba may vary from product-to-product due to multiple manufacturers producing various products.

STORAGE: Due to multiple manufacturers making different forms of gingko biloba, storage requirements may vary based on individual manufacturer practices.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Ginkgo biloba is used for memory improvement, dementia, multiple sclerosis, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), sexual dysfunction, premenstrual syndrome, dizziness, and vertigo.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/19/2014



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