Hughes Syndrome, Vitamin E, Ginkgo Biloba Interactions


ginkgo Hughes syndrome is an illness characterised by Migraines, increased risk of deep vein thrombosis, increased rick of heart attacks, infertility, strokes and multiple sclerosis.

They are some of the symptoms experienced by people who suffer from this illness. It is also called “sticky blood” or antiphospholipid syndrome.

As a result of these symptoms, People with Hughes syndrome tend to have blood clots. Their blood vessels get affected. They are therefore put on prescribed blood thinners.

The patients may be advised to have an anticoagulant such as Warfarin or they may be prescribed a blood thinner like a low dose aspirin. This may range from 75 to 100 mg per day.

Hughes syndrome, Vitamin E, Ginkgo biloba Interactions

Ginkgo Biloba is a tree believed to be extinct but still found in parts of China. It is treated as an herb and its extracts are used for the medicinal properties. It is used in the treatment of Alzheimer’s and dementia. It is used for improving memory. It is also known to have properties that improve circulation.

Despite its curative properties, Ginkgo biloba has side effects especially in people taking anticoagulants and blood thinners. They cause side effects such as bleeding, nausea, GI problems, vomiting and diarrhoea and heart problems in addition to dizziness.

It is believed that the terpenoids present in Ginkgo biloba is the cause for the side effects. The terpenoids are not standardised leading to various side effects.

The variance is what leads to these issues. This increased risk of bleeding increases with the variance in Terpenoids.The variation often ranges from 7 % to 13%. Given this fact, it is advisable to not combine it with another drug such as warfarin or aspirin; especially if they are to be taken on a daily basis.

Vitamin E however has not been shown to have any adverse effects when taken alongside drugs such as warfarin and aspirin. It is quite safe to have a vitamin E supplement along with other medication. The maximum tolerable limit though has not been determined- up to 400 IU is suggested to cause no side effects.

Check with your doctor to decide if Gingko or Vitamin E is best suited for you when you are being treated for Hughes syndrome.

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