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

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.

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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: There are many formulations of ginkgo biloba. Use the manufacturer's storage recommendations.

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.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/31/2015

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