Ginseng contains components that can interact with other medications

Ginseng is one of the most popular herbal medicines in the world and is generally considered safe. If you are being treated with any of the following medications or have any of the following conditions, speak with your doctor before using ginseng products.

People with diabetes

American Ginseng may lower blood sugar levels, so it could interfere with the effectiveness of prescription drugs for diabetes. Talk to your doctor before taking American Ginseng if you are taking medicines for diabetes, including insulin and oral hypoglycemic agents, such as metformin (Glucophage).

Anyone taking blood-thinning medications (anticoagulants)

One small study suggested that American Ginseng might decrease the effectiveness of warfarin (Coumadin), a blood-thinning medication. If you take any blood-thinning medications, talk to your doctor before taking ginseng.

Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding

Women with a history of breast cancer, or other hormone-sensitive conditions, should not take ginseng.

Surgery Candidates

Stop taking American Ginseng at least 7 days prior to surgery. American Ginseng can lower blood glucose levels and could create problems for patients fasting before surgery. In addition, American Ginseng may act as a blood thinner, increasing the risk of bleeding during or after the procedure.

*Always check with your doctor before using a new product or supplement if you have any questions or concerns about how a product may affect your current health, medications, pregnancy, or breastfeeding.