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Age Ageing. 2001 Nov;30(6):523-5.

Ginkgo biloba precipitating epileptic seizures.

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Health Care of the Elderly, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The herbal remedy Ginkgo biloba is promoted as a treatment for a variety of ailments including memory loss and dementia, poor concentration and mood, glaucoma, 'cerebral insufficiency' and 'peripheral circulatory disturbances'. It is gaining worldwide popularity, particularly as a potential treatment for dementia.

CASE REPORTS:

Two patients with well-controlled epilepsy presented with recurrent seizures within 2 weeks of commencing extract of Ginkgo biloba. The herbal remedy was discontinued and both patients are seizure-free several months later.

DISCUSSION:

Ginkgo biloba may have precipitated seizures in these two patients. This and other potential adverse effects should be highlighted on the packaging of the drug.

PMID:
11742783
DOI:
10.1093/ageing/30.6.523
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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