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Ginseng Side Effects

Applies to ginseng: capsule oral, tablet oral

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Although not all side effects are known, ginseng is thought to be likely safe for most people, when taken by mouth for a short period of time.

Stop using ginseng and call your healthcare provider at once if you have:

  • severe skin reaction--fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.

Common side effects may include:

  • diarrhea;

  • insomnia;

  • headache;

  • rapid heartbeat;

  • increased or decreased blood pressure;

  • breast tenderness and vaginal bleeding.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

Some side effects of ginseng may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

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