Ginkoba supplements are made from extracts of the gingko leaf. Evidence has shown that ginkoba may be effective for improving memory and concentration in patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease, dementia and other brain disorders. It has also been used to improve blood circulation and to relieve the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Like all supplements, Ginkoba has potential side effects that may require medical attention.
Common Side Effects
According to Health Square, side effects of ginkoba that are considered common but not serious include mild nausea, lightheadedness and headache. When mild, these symptoms do not require medical attention, however, one should discontinue ginkoba use if they become more intense.
Serious Side Effects
Serious side effects include easy bleeding or bruising, muscle fatigue, difficulty with vision and weakness on one side of the body. A person experiencing these symptoms should consult with a physician before continuing ginkoba doses.
Severe Side Effects
Severe side effects that require immediate medical attention include allergic reactions such as itching or swelling of the face, tongue or throat, difficulty breathing and rash. Other side effects that are considered severe include seizures, slurred speech and paralysis. If you experience these symptoms you should immediately cease ginkoba use and seek emergency room treatment.
Existing Medical Conditions
Before using ginkoba, advise your physician of existing medical conditions such as bleeding abnormalities, diabetes or seizures. Liquid ginkoba supplements often contain alcohol, and as such, patients with histories of alcohol dependency or liver disease who wish to use ginkoba should seek a different form of supplement. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding are advised against using ginkoba.
Ginkoba has the potential to adversely interact with medications prescribed to treat seizures, as well as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and naproxen. Patients taking blood thinners such as heparin and warfarin, as well as those who have been prescribed aspirin to prevent heart attack or stroke, should not consume ginkoba, as it has the potential to lead to increased bleeding.
Ginkoba supplements are not approved or regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Those who wish to use ginkoba should only consume products made with standardized gingko leaf extracts. Gingko seeds may contain toxic chemicals, and as such, products containing fresh or roasted gingko seeds are potentially hazardous.