Ginkgo Biloba

A mother of a 16-year-old patient with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), whose symptoms are poorly controlled with Ritalin, is interested in having her son try ginkgo. Her son also has chronic recurrent headaches and frequently takes aspirin.
Which of the following is TRUE about gingko?
Answer C is correct.
Ginkgo improves cerebral and peripheral blood flow, especially in older adults with cerebral insufficiency, peripheral vascular disease and intermittent claudication.


Clinical anecdotes suggest that ginkgo may improve attention in children with ADHD, but there are no published studies comparing ginkgo with placebo or stimulant medications as treatments for ADHD.

Ginkgo may increase the risk of bleeding problems in patients taking aspirin and other NSAIDS. Spontaneous hemorrhages have been reported in adults taking ginkgo.

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