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Did you know that popular nutritional supplement Ginkgo Biloba in combination with Aspirin are potential cause of bleeding? Yes, it is! According to Reuters’ article “Dangerous drug combos pose risk for elderly” 12.24.08 by Julie Steenhuysen it’s true.
“…Older adults in the United States are popping prescription pills, over-the-counter drugs and dietary supplements in record numbers, and in combinations that could be deadly, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday…”
“…Half of U.S. adults aged 57 to 85 are using five or more prescription or non-prescription drugs, and one in 25 are taking them in combinations that could cause dangerous drug interactions.
Estimated that U.S. adults over 65 make up more than 175,000 emergency department visits a year for adverse drug reactions, and commonly prescribed drugs accounted for a third of these visits.
Among non-prescription drugs, they found many people were taking the popular nutritional supplement Ginkgo Biloba in combination with Aspirin, another potential cause of bleeding…”