Medication Information Leaflet
It is used by some people to help with mild dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety and memory problems. Some will take it to help with dizziness, ringing sounds in the ears (tinnitus), pain in the legs when walking (claudication) or tiredness. It is not fully understood how ginkgo biloba works; but it is thought to improve blood circulation to the brain and other parts of the body.
Do not stop taking your medication without checking with your healthcare professional.
You may take this medication with or without food.
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Then take your next dose at the usual time. Do not take two doses to make up for the missed dose.
Inform your healthcare professional if:
You are allergic to this medication or any of the other ingredients of this medication
You are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding
You have a bleeding disorder or are on medications that thin your blood e.g. warfarin, enoxaparin
You have epilepsy (fits) or are on anti-seizure medications e.g. phenytoin or sodium valproate
You are taking any other medications, including supplements, traditional medications and herbal remedies
You have kidney problems or liver problems
You are scheduled for surgery
You are currently on oral contraceptives e.g. containing Levonorgestrel/Ethinylestradiol
Stomach upset such as nausea/vomiting or diarrhoea
Take with or after food to reduce stomach upset
Speak to your doctor if it does not go away
The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:
Difficulty in breathing
Itchy skin rashes over your whole body
There may be an increased risk of bleeding.
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.
Do not take Ginkgo with Warfarin (blood thinner) as it can increase the risk of bleeding
Do not take Ginkgo with oral contraceptives (birth control pills) e.g. containing Levonorgestrel/Ethinylestradiol, as it may cause the birth control to be less effective
Store in a cool and dry place, away from direct sunlight. Keep this medication away from children.
Pack this medication into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing it into the rubbish chute or bin.
Please take note that the above is not a complete list of all possible side effects. If you have any concerns about your medication or if you have other side effects that you think are caused by this medication, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
If you take more than the recommended dose, please seek medical advice immediately. The information provided on this page does not replace information from your healthcare professional. Please consult your healthcare professional for more information.
This article is jointly developed by members of the National Medication Information workgroup. The workgroup consists of cluster partners (National Healthcare Group, National University Health System and SingHealth), community pharmacies (Guardian, Unity and Watsons) and Pharmaceutical Society of Singapore. The content does not reflect drug availability and supply information in pharmacies and healthcare institutions. You are advised to check with the respective institutions for such information.
Last updated on Oct 2022
This article was last reviewed on
Tuesday, February 27, 2024
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