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I am taking ginko biloba but would like to know if it has any

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I am taking ginko biloba but would like to know if it has any ginger in it. If not I will take that too.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 3 years ago.

Dr. D.J. :

The views expressed by me are for educational purposes only and do not establish a doctor patient relationship.

Dr. D.J. :

Hi there,


This is Dr. D.J., experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.


I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.

Dr. D.J. :

No ginkgo biloba does not have any ginger.

Dr. D.J. :

Ginkgo biloba improves the blood circulation in the body.

Dr. D.J. :

Ginger is also good --has anti inflammatory properties.

Dr. D.J. :

Ginger also has anti cancer properties.

Dr. D.J. :

Ginger can increase the risk of bleeding.

Dr. D.J. :

hence, it should not be combined with blood thinning medications.

Dr. D.J. :

You should also inform you doctor before any surgery.

Customer:

Thank you. I will just add my list of prescriptions: IP6, Vanlafaxine 75mg, Letrozole 2.5mg, Preindopril 4mg,

Dr. D.J. :

Ok

Dr. D.J. :

Ginkgo can potentiate the action of venlafaxine.

Dr. D.J. :

Otherwise, there is no other interactions.

Dr. D.J. :

Best wishes,

Customer:

Bendroflumethiazide 2.5 mg, Adcal D3, Omniprazole, Clopidogrel 75 mg, Q10 300 mg, Vitamin B, C Green Tea, Evening Primrose, Atorvastatin 40mg, Magnesium, Co-codomol 30mg/500mg 2 tablets 3 times daily. Occasionally I have Ibuprofen.

Dr. D.J. :

Thanks for the whole list.

Dr. D.J. :

You take clopidogrel which is a blood thinning drug.

Customer:

Yes.

Dr. D.J. :

hence, you should avoid taking both ginkgo biloba and ginger.

Customer:

Which one should I take then.

Dr. D.J. :

You can just take ginger which will at least reduce the risk of bleeding if you take both ginger and ginkgo.

Customer:

And not take ginkgo?

Dr. D.J. :

do not take ginkgo.

Dr. D.J. :

ginger has more anti cancer properties.

Customer:

Oh yes, although Dr Baynes, my lung oncolgist gave me 6 to 18 months to live when I has diagnosed, he dismissed me in the November of 2011!

Customer:

Fine. Thank you very much for your help.

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