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

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What brand names are available for ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)-oral?

Fossil Tree, Kew Tree, Silver Apricot

Is ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)-oral available as a generic drug?

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

Do I need a prescription for ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)-oral?

No

What are the uses for ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)-oral?

Ginkgo biloba is used for

What are the side effects of ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)-oral?

Side effects of gingko biloba are

Possible serious side effects of gingko biloba include:

  • bleeding in the eye or brain,
  • severe bleeding after surgery,
  • severe allergic reactions,
  • difficulty breathing,
  • seizures (eating fresh gingko seeds), and
  • death (eating fresh gingko seeds).

Quick GuideDementia, Alzheimer's Disease, and Aging Brains

Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, and Aging Brains

What is the dosage for ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)-oral?

  • 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 tinnitusTake 120 – 160 mg per day in divided doses, 2 to 3 times a day.
  • Sexual dysfunctionTake 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.

Which drugs or supplements interact with ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)-oral?

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Is ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)-oral safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?

:

  • There are no adequate studies of gingko biloba to determine safe and effective use in pregnant women.
  • It is not known whether gingko biloba is excreted in breast milk.

What else should I know about ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)-oral?

What preparations of ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)-oral are available?

  • 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.

How should I keep ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)-oral stored?

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

REFERENCES:

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. "Ginkgo." Updated: June 2013.<https://nccih.nih.gov/health/ginkgo/ataglance.htm>

Medscape. "Ginkgo Biloba (Hers/Suppl) Eun-haeng, fossil tree, ginko biloba, ginkyo, icho, ityo, Japanese silver apricot, kew tree, maidenhair tree, salisburia, silver apricot."
<https://reference.medscape.com/drug/eun-haeng-fossil-tree-ginkgo-biloba-344537#10>

Quick GuideDementia, Alzheimer's Disease, and Aging Brains

Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, and Aging Brains

Summary

Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba, Fossil Tree, Kew Tree, Silver Apricot) is an herbal product used to improve memory problems of dementia and Alzheimer's disease; premenstrual syndrome; ringing in the ears; and some vision problems. Side effects include

Check with your health-care professional before taking any herbal supplements. Drug interactions, dosing, and pregnancy and breastfeeding safety should be reviewed prior to taking this supplement.

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Reviewed on 9/26/2016
References
REFERENCES:

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. "Ginkgo." Updated: June 2013.<https://nccih.nih.gov/health/ginkgo/ataglance.htm>

Medscape. "Ginkgo Biloba (Hers/Suppl) Eun-haeng, fossil tree, ginko biloba, ginkyo, icho, ityo, Japanese silver apricot, kew tree, maidenhair tree, salisburia, silver apricot."
<https://reference.medscape.com/drug/eun-haeng-fossil-tree-ginkgo-biloba-344537#10>

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