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Ginkgo Vin Medication
29/male 215lbs. Want to take Ginkgo supplement. What is safe dose? I am otherwise healthy and only medication is prozak 40mg daily. Will there be any side effects?
No: There are no reported false positives for this herbal medication. ...Read more
Can prescription or OTC drugs that cause vasodilation worsen peripheral neuropathy? I have had to stop taking norvasc, (amlodipine) garlic, and ginkgo biloba due to this.
Yes, possibly: Peripheral neuropathy often comes from damaged nerves sending aberrant impulses--tingling, pins/needles, burning, cold, or numbness. Vasodilation which increases blood flow to peripheral nerves usually helps restore normal function of the nerves; sometimes an undesirable side effect is for numbness to lessen, unmasking more painful neuropathic sensations. ...Read more
No-but controversial: Large randomized clinical trials in the us and published by respected medical journal suggested that "ginkgo provides no measurable benefit in memory or related cognitive function to adults with healthy cognitive function". However, large doses of gingko have been reported by some studies to improvef moderate to severe dementia. I would suggest assume no until more infor becomes available. ...Read more
Not clear: There is not a lot of hard scientific evidence pointing to its benefits, see: http://j.Mp/vgykg2 and http://j.Mp/vgyowi as you can see from these governmental websites, the evidence is conflicting. ...Read more
Save your money: It does NOT help, and this has been proven via numerous formal and informal studies. ...Read more
No.: Get rid of it and buy new. ...Read more
Tricky: since recent studies say that nearly all ginko supplements may have many things in them, but ginko is almost never one of them. In theory it has some anti-platelet action and some ability to increase the neurotransmitter that is low in Alzheimers. But it doesn't bring back brain, so, VERY LIMITED role in dementia and that's it. Assuming you actually have it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ginko: One of Ginko's main effect is to improve circulation by inhibiting platelet-activating factor (PAF). This improves circulation and this is what improves memory for some people. Ginkgo can thin the blood enough to cause bleeding. People who have heart attacks and get thrombolytics are more at risk for brain hemorrhage. ...Read more
Ginko: As with any medication, the amount of the medication, and the number of doses dictates the amount of drug, and length of time it is in your system. Ginko is usually taken in doses of between 40-200mg per day, the lower dose will be out of your system in about one day, and with the higher dose 2-3 days. ...Read more
Mixed diet: The beneficial health effects of ginkgo are debatable. It would be good to have a mixed diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils, low fat milk products; curtail intake of saturated fats; no tobacco, no more than one drink a day. Exercise 30 minutes/day and maintain a healthy weight. ...Read more
I've been taking 120mg of ginkgo biloba one time a day for about 2 and a half months now what changes should I see and what does ginkgo really do.
No interactions: Although I do not necessarily recommend either supplement, based on the medical literature, I can tell you that there are no known interactions between the two. If you are going to use them, they should not interact with each other. Good luck. ...Read more
Used for two differ: ent things. St. Johns Wort is a mild antidepressant and works to calm the nervous system, whereas ginkgo biloba is a mental stimulant. So you wouldn't want to use both together or it may negate each others effects. Speak to your doctor to determine which one you may need now to help with symptoms that are more prevalent. Do you want to be more anxious, or more calm? Two different feelings. ...Read more
Sure: It's safe. Don't expect miracles but you may find it helpful in feeling better overall. ...Read more
Avoid combo: Avoid taking this combination, as it may increase risk of seizures. ...Read more
The risks : Of too much applies to everything. Ginkgo is extracted by processing so stick to the dose on the label. ...Read more