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How bad is Ginseng Toxicity for your health?

How bad is Ginseng Toxicity for your health?

Side effects of using Ginseng

Side effects of Ginseng are generally mild and go away within a few days. However, there could be serious side effects which must be informed to the doctor if observed. As per consumer reports, side effects associated with Ginseng usage are:

  • insomnia
  • nervousness
  • upset stomach
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • digestive problems
  • diarrhea
  • severe skin reactions
  • blood pressure variation
  • rapid heartbeat
  • change in blood sugar level
  • vaginal bleeding
  • breast tenderness
  • gastrointestinal disorder

Ginseng Interaction

Interaction of a substance generally refers to 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 that could result in certain unwanted health conditions. 

Ginseng Interaction with drugs

Ginseng is used as a herbal medicine which consists of different constituents. Each of those constituents exert different biological activity inside the body. There are several drugs that interacts with GInseng and ause unusual effects such as:

  • Furosemide (Lasix)
  • MAOIs
  • Antidiabetes drugs
  • Immunosuppressants
  • Stimulant
  • Estrogens 
  • Anticoagulant 
  • Nifedipine (Procardia) 
  • Imatinib (Gleevec)
  • Midazolam (Versed)
  • Raltegravir (Isentress)
  • Warfarin (Coumadin)
  • Raltegravir (Isentress)
  • Selegiline (Eldepryl)
  • Fexofenadine (Allegra)
  • Lopinavir/Ritonavir (Kaletra) and many more.

It is advisable to consult a doctor regarding all the medicine an individual may be taking before the onset of Ginseng dose.

Ginseng Toxicity

Ginseng is a kind of medical substance that is known to provide a number of benefits and is useful in treating several medical conditions of a human body. High ginseng level or Ginseng poisoning is not generally involved with severe conditions, as per animal studies. In humans. However in humans, Panax ginseng is associated with weak toxicity and as per report, few adverse effects have been observed. 


  • Side effects associated with Ginseng are generally mild but must be informed to the doctor if any side effects persist or get worse.
  • Apart from side effects, use of Ginseng is associated with drug interaction that ranges from mild to severe in nature.
  • Toxicity of Ginseng in humans is unusual and generally causes mild effects. However, there are few adverse effects which must be enlightened to the doctor as soon as identified.


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