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How bad is Ginger toxicity for your body?

How bad is Ginger toxicity for your body?

Ginger Supplements

Ginger supplements is a synthetic herbal medicine which is used as an alternative to ginger generally used by the people who could not receive enough ginger in their diet or who needs to get the multi benefits of ginger to treat certain medical conditions. 

Ginger supplements are available in different forms such as juiced, pickled, dried, crystallized, raw, preserved, etc. Capsule form of ginger supplements are considered as the best form of ginger supplements according to few health professionals. 

These supplements are used as an alternative medicine to treat a number of medical conditions such a post surgery vomiting and nausea, morning sickness prevention, menstrual pain, dizziness, arthritis, prevention of seasickness and morning sickness.

What are the Side effects of Ginger overdosed/long term use?

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Although Ginger is generally considered safe, there could be the possibility of certain side effects involved when administered. Such effects could be independent or be based on certain medical conditions. When used orally or topically, long term use or high doses of ginger more than 4mg daily can increase the risk of side effects such as:

  • heartburn
  • stomach discomfort
  • burping
  • diarrhea
  • skin irritation
  • increase the risk of bleeding
  • cardiac arrhythmias
  • central nervous system depression

Does Ginger interact with any drug?

Interaction generally refers to a potential risk that could develop inside the body when two or more drugs, products, or medical conditions interact with one another in a negative manner. A health professional or a doctor usually goes through every medicine and drug that you may be taking before providing Ginger supplement to avoid any kind of interaction. It is advisable to not stop, add, or change any medication without your doctor’s consultancy. 

Below are some of the many drugs that could interact with ginger dose i.e. mild in nature.

  • anagrelide
  • Cilostazol
  • danshen
  • dipyridamole
  • green tea
  • ticlopidine
  • abciximab
  • anamu
  • Clopidogrel
  • eptifibatide
  • prasugrel
  • tirofiban

Precautions and warning

There are certain medical conditions in which use of ginger or any of its form must be avoided such as:

  • Use of ginger may increase the risk of gallbladder disease and hypersensitivity. Also avoid it if you have any of these medical conditions.
  • avoid ginger or its medications if you are allergic to it, any of its type, or any of its ingredients. 
  • low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • high blood pressure (Hypertension)
  • cardiac disease
  • diabetes mellitus
  • bleeding disorder

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