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 nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Generally, it is used to relieve pain and treat inflammation. Like all medicines, it can cause certain side effects that are more or less dangerous for your health.

Every day, millions of people take ibuprofen to relieve menstrual pain, headaches, dental pain, etc. But, often with a total ignorance of the possible side effects. Indeed, taking ibuprofen can cause bleeding in the stomach or intestines. A silent evil that develops without warning signs.

A cerebral hemorrhage

The Mayo Clinic, an American hospital-university and research federation, warns patients. She recalls that mixing ibuprofen with certain supplements could trigger bleeding in the brain and cause a stroke. In the United States, in 2013, a 71-year-old man died of a cerebral hemorrhage after mixing vitamin supplements with ibuprofen, recalls the Express.co site. 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 taken safely with ibuprofen. They are not tested in the same way as prescription drugs“.

And a risk of interaction

In France, the Vidal recalls the contraindications linked to the consumption of the leaves of this tree: “People taking anticoagulant drugs (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), antiepileptics, diuretics, drugs for hypertension, drugs for gastroesophageal reflux.

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