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GinsengNatural health supplements sometimes have unexpected side effects or interactions with medication that can lead to adverse reactions that are sometimes life threatening. The following is a list of cautions that you should be aware of before using Ginseng (Panax Ginseng, P. quinquefolia). These are referred to as drug/herb interactions.
Warning 1 - Contraindications: Pregnancy, lactation, and any form of hemorrhage.
Warning 2 - Antibiotics: Siberian ginseng may increase the action of the antibiotic kanamycin (trade name Kantrex).
Warning 3 - Anticoagulants: Ginseng may decrease the action of anticoagulants.
Warning 4 - Anticonvulsants: Ginseng may provide an additive anticonvulsant action when used concurrently.
Warning 5 - Antidiabetics: Ginseng may increase the hypoglycemic effects of oral antidiabetics.
Warning 6 - Immunosuppressants: May diminish the effect of immunosuppressants. Experts recommend avoiding use before, during, or after transplant surgery.
Warning 7 - Insulin: May increase the hypoglycemic effects of insulin.
Warning 8 - MAOIs: Concurrent use may result in manic-like syndrome.
Warning 9 - Stimulants: Using stimulants with ginseng may result in overstimulation - not recommended.
Warning 10 - Cardiac glycosides: Siberian ginseng may increase levels of cardiac glycosides. Experts recommend avoiding concurrent use.
Used as a natural health remedy: Ginseng is used internally for the following benefits and conditions:
Side Effects of Ginseng
As with any herb, a serious allergic reaction is possible. Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction. These may include a rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, or trouble breathing.Return to the Herb List.
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