Ginkgo Biloba Interactions With Diabetes Medications
Ginkgo biloba may affect the way your body responds to diabetes medications, depending on several factors. It is possible that ginkgo biloba could increase, decrease, or have no effect on blood sugar levels, depending on how much insulin your body makes naturally and depending on which diabetes medications you are taking. If you have diabetes, check with your healthcare provider before taking ginkgo biloba. If you decide to take ginkgo biloba, you may need to monitor your blood sugar more frequently for a while.
Final Thoughts on Ginkgo Biloba Drug Interactions
Not every drug interaction with ginkgo biloba was discussed in this article. Therefore, you should talk with your pharmacist or healthcare provider about the ginkgo biloba interactions that may apply to you. Be sure to let each of your healthcare providers know that you are taking ginkgo biloba, especially any time you start (or stop) a new medication. Compared to most other herbal supplements (or even most medications), ginkgo biloba seems to be more prone to causing drug interactions.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
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