Ginkgo biloba is one of the most popular Health supplements available on the market. However, just because it is a natural and organic supplement it does not mean that you should not take care when using it. As is true with all Health supplements, the potential for detrimental interactions between certain medications and ginkgo biloba is always a possibility. Overall, ginkgo biloba is known to be one of the safest Botanical extracts available.
There are several medications which ginkgo biloba can adversely interact with. If you are taking any of the below-mentioned medications, then you should avoid using ginkgo biloba at all times. If you are not using any of the below medications but are using prescribed medication from your doctor, then you should consult with them before starting any treatment plan that contains ginkgo biloba. This is because there may be known medical interactions which are not common knowledge to date.
Ginkgo biloba and ibuprofen
There is a known interaction of Ginkgo biloba with ibuprofen, which can slow the rate of clotting of the blood in the body. As ibuprofen is already a known blood thinner, using ginkgo biloba can amplify these effects and lead to easy bruising and excessive bleeding. If you have hemophilia, you should never use ginkgo biloba without first consulting your doctor.
Ginkgo biloba and anticoagulant drugs
Ginkgo biloba is known to slow the rate at which blood clots. If you are taking any anticoagulant for antiplatelet drugs, such as aspirin, diclofenac, ibuprofen, enoxaparin, Warfarin, Heparin, Clopidogrel, and others then you should not use this supplement. Ask the above-noted medications already work by preventing or reducing the rate at which the blood clots, ginkgo biloba can increase these effects adversely.
Ginkgo biloba and HIV treatment
For those individuals who are treating HIV with efavirenz which is also known as Sustiva, due care should be taken. There is evidence that ginkgo biloba has the potential to decrease the effectiveness of efavirenz, therefore the individual should discuss the matter first with their healthcare provider before supplementing with Ginkgo biloba. To date, all other HIV medications are considered safe when used in combination with ginkgo biloba.
Ginkgo biloba and anti-seizure medications
Ginkgo biloba may interact with medications that are used to prevent seizure disorders. Since both anti-seizure medications and ginkgo biloba work by altering the chemical signals in the brain, supplementing with Ginkgo could interfere with the anti-seizure medication and increase the risk of experiencing severe seizures. Some of the medications that could interact with ginkgo biloba are Depakene, Neurontin, phenytoin, and Mysoline.
Ginkgo biloba and diabetic treatments
As Ginkgo biloba has the ability to decrease or increase blood sugar levels, this could lead to the possibility of adverse reactions and unstable levels which are difficult to monitor. Ginkgo could also limit the effectiveness of certain diabetes medications, such as Avandia, Orinase, Actos, and more. If you are suffering from type 2 diabetes then, you should discuss the use of Ginkgo biloba with your healthcare provider before you start taking it. You should also closely monitor your blood sugar levels throughout the day when using Ginkgo.
Ginkgo biloba and Prozac
For those individuals who medicate with Prozac, using ginkgo biloba could cause the onset of hypomania. This is typically experienced by those who also supplement with st. John’s Wort alongside ginkgo biloba. Common symptoms of hypomania include excitement, nervousness, jittery feelings, and irritation. It is still not known whether ginkgo biloba when used without st. John’s Wort interacts with Prozac. If you are being treated with fluoxetine, then you should discuss your intention to use ginkgo biloba with your doctor beforehand.