Ginkgo Biloba Overdose

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What happens if I overdose Ginkgo Biloba?

When a dose is taken in higher dose than the recommended doses, it is called Overdose. Overdose always needs a clinical supervision. Any medicine or drug when consumed in Overdose produces untoward side effects on one or various organs in the body. A medicine is excreted in the kidney or metabolized in the liver most of the times. This process goes without any hurdles when taken in normal dose, but when taken in an overdose, the body is not able to metabolize it or send it out properly which causes the effects of anoverdose.

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include seizures.

Proper storage of Ginkgo Biloba biloba controlled-release tablets:

Store at room temperature away from heat, moisture, and light unless otherwise directed on the package label. Do not store in the bathroom. Most herbal products are not in childproof containers. Keep Ginkgo Biloba biloba controlled-release tablets out of the reach of children and away from pets.

What should I avoid while taking Ginkgo Biloba?

Warnings are a mix of Precautions. Contraindications and interactions and serious harmful effects associated with the medicine intake. A diabetic or Hypertensive patient need to be warned about few drug interactions. A known hypersensitivity patient needs to be careful about the reactions or anaphylactic shock. A pregnant woman or a breastfeeding woman should be warned of certain medications. A Hepatitis [liver disease] patient or a cardiac patient should avoid few drugs.

Avoid using Ginkgo Biloba Biloba together with other herbal/health supplements that can also affect blood-clotting. This includes angelica (dong quai), capsicum, clove, danshen, garlic, ginger, Ginkgo Biloba Biloba, horse chestnut, panax ginseng, poplar, red clover, turmeric, and willow.

Avoid using Ginkgo Biloba Biloba together with other herbal/health supplements that can increase your risk of seizures. This includes EDTA, folic acid, GBL (gamma butyrolactone), GHB (gamma hydroxybutyrate), glutamine, hyssop oil, juniper, L-carnitine (levocarnitine), melatonin, rosemary, sage, wormwood, and others.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Ginkgo Biloba?

Do not take Ginkgo Biloba 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 Biloba may affect the time it takes for the blood to clot.

Before taking Ginkgo Biloba, 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 Biloba may not be recommended in some situations.

Do not take Ginkgo Biloba without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant. It is not known whether Ginkgo Biloba will harm an unborn baby.

Do not take Ginkgo Biloba without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. It is also not known whether Ginkgo Biloba will harm a nursing infant.

There is no information available regarding the use of Ginkgo Biloba by children. Do not give any herbal/health supplement to a child without first talking to the child's doctor.

Ginkgo Biloba precautions

Certain people who are very sick or very old or who are sensitive show an exacerbation of side effect of the drug which can turn dangerous at times. So, it is very important to remember the precautions while taking the medicine. Pregnancy and Breastfeeding are also special categories wherein extra care or precaution is needed when taking a drug. Few patients may have a hypersensitivity reaction to few medications, and that can be life-threatening rarely. Penicillin hypersensitivity is one example. Diarrhea, rashes are few other symptoms which need a watch. A patient with other co-existing diseases like liver disease, heart disease, kidney disease should take special precautions.
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Patients receiving anticoagulants or drugs that may affect platelet aggregation.

What happens if I miss a dose of Ginkgo Biloba?

When you miss a dose, you should take it as soon as you remember, but you should take care that it should be well spaced from the next dose. You should not take an extra dose at the time of the second dose as it will become a double dose. The double dose can give unwanted side effects, so be careful. In chronic conditions or when you have a serious health issue, if you miss a dose, you should inform your health care provider and ask his suggestion.

Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra Ginkgo Biloba Biloba Biloba to make up the missed dose.

References

  1. DrugBank. "Ginkgo biloba - DrugBank". http://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB01381 (accessed September 17, 2018).

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