why you shouldn’t mix ginkgo biloba with ibuprofen

In the United States, a 71-year-old patient died of a cerebral hemorrhage after mixing vitamin supplements with ibuprofen. Focus.

A dangerous cocktail. Ibuprofen belongs to the family of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Generally, it is used to relieve pain and treat inflammation. Like all other medicines, it can cause certain side effects that are more or less dangerous to your health.

Every day, millions of people take ibuprofen to relieve menstrual cramps, headaches, toothaches, etc., but often with a total ignorance of the possible side effects. Taking ibuprofen can actually cause bleeding in the stomach or intestines. A silent evil that develops without warning signs.

A brain hemorrhage

The Mayo Clinic, an American hospital-university and research association, warns patients. She reminds that mixing ibuprofen with certain dietary supplements can trigger bleeding in the brain and cause a stroke. In the United States, a 71-year-old man died in 2013 of a cerebral hemorrhage after mixing vitamin supplements with ibuprofen, recalls the website Express.co. This case was reported in the medical journal Atherosclerosis. Specifically, this patient had been taking ginkgo biloba extract in combination with ibuprofen for four weeks.

A danger confirmed by the British health system, which recommends “do not take ginkgo biloba with ibuprofen as this may increase the risk of bleeding. There is not enough information to say that other herbal remedies and supplements can be safely taken with ibuprofen. They are not tested in the same way as prescription drugs“.

And a risk of interaction

In France, Vidal recalls the contraindications associated with the consumption of the leaves of this tree: “People taking anticoagulants (blood thinners) should refrain from taking ginkgo products: cases of spontaneous bleeding have been reported. For the same reason, it is recommended to stop taking ginkgo three to four days before surgery.“. The drug specialist also warns of possible interactions with anticoagulant drugs (such as aspirin), antiepileptic drugs, diuretics, drugs for hypertension, drugs against gastroesophageal reflux.

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