Do not take ginkgo without first talking to your doctor if you have a bleeding or blood clotting disorder; if you are taking a medicine to prevent blood clots; or if you are taking other medications, herbs, antioxidants, or health supplements (these may also affect blood clotting). Ginkgo may affect the time it takes for the blood to clot.
Before taking ginkgo, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care professional if you have any other medical conditions, allergies (especially to plants), or if you take other medicines or other herbal/health supplements. Ginkgo may not be recommended in some situations.
Do not take ginkgo without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant. It is not known whether ginkgo will harm an unborn baby.
Do not take ginkgo without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. It is also not known whether ginkgo will harm a nursing infant.
There is no information available regarding the use of ginkgo by children. Do not give any herbal/health supplement to a child without first talking to the child’s doctor.
There are no known restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while taking ginkgo, unless otherwise directed by your health care provider.
Seek emergency medical attention.
Symptoms of a ginkgo overdose may include seizures, a loss of consciousness, and possibly death.
No information is available regarding a missed dose of ginkgo. Consult your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider if you require further information.
Although uncommon, serious side effects have been reported with the use of ginkgo. If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking ginkgo and seek emergency medical attention or notify your doctor immediately:
- an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
- irregular heartbeats;
- muscle spasms or cramps;
- seizures; or
- loss of consciousness.
Other less serious side effects have also been reported to occur. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you experience
- dizziness; or
- stomach upset.
Do not use ginkgo seeds or fruit pulp. These have been shown to be toxic. Also, do not handle the ginkgo fruit pulp. A severe reaction including skin redness, swelling, blistering, and itching lasting for 7 to 10 days has been reported.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Do not take ginkgo without first talking to your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:
- warfarin (Coumadin);
- a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) including ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, Nuprin, others), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn, Naprelan, Anaprox, others), ketoprofen (Orudis KT, Orudis), indomethacin (Indocin), etodolac (Lodine), nabumetone (Relafen), oxaprozin (Daypro), piroxicam (Feldene), sulindac (Clinoril), tolmetin (Tolectin), and others;
- ardeparin (Normiflo);
- dalteparin (Fragmin);
- danaparoid (Orgaran);
- enoxaparin (Lovenox);
- heparin; or
- other herbs, antioxidants, or health supplements (these may affect blood clotting).
You may not be able to take ginkgo, or you may require special monitoring during treatment if you are taking any of the medicines listed above.
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with ginkgo or affect your condition. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines or other herbal/health supplements.
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