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Panax Ginseng

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
    John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

    John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

    John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Brand Name: Asian Ginseng, Chinese Ginseng, ginseng radix, Ginseng Root, Japanese Ginseng, Jintsam, Korean Ginseng, Ninjin, Radix Ginseng, Red Ginseng, Ren She

Generic Name: Panax Ginseng

Drug Class: Adaptogens, Herbals

What Is Panax Ginseng and How Does It Work?

Panax ginseng suggested uses include as an adaptogen (adapt to internal/external stressors, fight fatigue, increase stamina), for anxiety, athletic/physical stamina enhancement, cognitive function, enhancement, depression, fertility (male), headaches, immunostimulant, menopausal hot flashes, and impotence.

Panax ginseng is possibly effective in cognitive function, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, and premature ejaculation.

Panax ginseng is possibly ineffective for athletic performance, menopausal symptoms, and quality of life.

There is insufficient reliable evidence to rate the effectiveness of panax ginseng for breast cancer, bronchitis, cancer, common cold, congestive heart failure and influenza

Panax ginseng is available under the following different brand and other names: Asian Ginseng, Chinese Ginseng, ginseng radix, Ginseng Root, Japanese Ginseng, Jintsam, Korean Ginseng, Ninjin, Radix Ginseng, Red Ginseng, and Ren She.

Dosages of Panax Ginseng

Dosage Forms and Strengths

Suggested Dosing

Cut or Powdered Root

  • 0.6-3 g orally one to three times daily

Brewed Root Tea

  • 3 g orally one to three times daily

Erectile Dysfunction

  • 900 mg orally three times daily
  • Topically cream applied 1 hour prior to intercourse and washed off before intercourse has been used

Diabetes

  • 200 mg orally once/day

Other Information

  • 100-300 mg extract three times daily for 3-4 weeks
  • Extract standardized to 7% ginsenosides

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

See "Suggested Dosing"

What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Panax Ginseng?

Common side effects of panax_ginseng include:

Uncommon of panax ginseng include:

  • Severe rash called Stevens-Johnson syndrome
  • Liver damage
  • Severe allergic reactions

This is not a complete list of side effects and other serious side effects may occur. Call your doctor for information and medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What Other Drugs Interact with Panax Ginseng?

If your doctor has directed you to use this medication for your condition, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions or side effects and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of this medicine or any medicine before getting further information from your doctor, healthcare provider or pharmacist first.

Panax ginseng has no known severe interactions with other drugs.

Panax ginseng has no known serious interactions with other drugs.

Panax ginseng has moderate interactions with at least 72 different drugs.

Panax ginseng has mild interactions with at 39 different drugs.

This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist. Check with your physician if you have health questions or concerns.

What Are Warnings and Precautions for Panax Ginseng?

Warnings

This medication contains panax ginseng. Do not take Asian Ginseng, Chinese Ginseng, ginseng radix, Ginseng Root, Japanese Ginseng, Jintsam, Korean Ginseng, Ninjin, Radix Ginseng, Red Ginseng, or Ren She if you are allergic to panax ginseng or any ingredients contained in this drug.

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.

Contraindications

Effects of Drug Abuse

  • Long-term use can cause changes in blood electrolytes that can cause heart function disorders, muscle weakness, liver damage, and other harmful effects.

Short-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Panax Ginseng?"

Long-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Panax Ginseng?"

Cautions

Pregnancy and Lactation

  • Do not use panax ginseng in pregnancy. The risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.
  • There is no information available about use of panax ginseng while breastfeeding. Consult your doctor.
Reviewed on 1/8/2018


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