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

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DOSING: (dosing may vary with the preparation [capsules, gels, extracts]; read manufacturer's directions before using this product).

  • Dementia: Take 120 – 240 mg per day in divided doses, 2 to 3 times a day.
  • Vertigo and tinnitus: Take 120 – 160 mg per day in divided doses, 2 to 3 times a day.
  • Sexual dysfunction: Take 60 – 240 mg by mouth twice a day.
  • Premenstrual symptoms: Take 80 mg by mouth twice a day, start on day 16 and continue to day 5 of next cycle.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Ginkgo biloba should be used with caution with medications that increase bruising and bleeding risks. Medications like aspirin, celecoxib (Celebrex), ibuprofen (Motrin), diclofenac (Voltaren), meloxicam (Mobic), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), warfarin (Coumadin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), and clopidogrel (Plavix) should be used with caution with ginkgo biloba. Check with your doctor before using this herbal product.

PREGNANCY: There are no adequate studies of gingko biloba to determine safe and effective use in pregnant women.

NURSING MOTHERS: It is not known whether gingko biloba is excreted in breast milk.

SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects of gingko biloba are bleeding, constipation, diarrhea, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, headache, abdominal discomfort, restlessness, and weakness.

REFERENCES:

MedlinePlus Supplements. Ginkgo.

Medscape. Ginkgo Biloba.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/19/2014


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