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Ginger Side Effects

Common Ginger Side Effects


The most commonly reported Ginger side effects (click to view or check a box to report):

Headache (2)
Oral Torus (1)
Oral Discomfort (1)
Nausea (1)
Pain (1)
Pneumonia (1)
Varicose Vein (1)
Urticaria (1)
Syncope (1)
Joint Injury (1)
Diverticulum (1)
Atrial Fibrillation (1)
Anaphylactic Shock (1)
Abdominal Pain Upper (1)
Blood Potassium Decreased (1)
Breast Cancer (1)
Connective Tissue Disorder (1)
Cataract (1)
Dermatitis Contact (1)


If you or someone in your family has experienced a serious side effect to a health product, you are encouraged to report the experience to your health care professional (e.g. physician, pharmacist). You could also complete a copy of the side effect reporting form or report your side effect to FDA.

Side effects reports are analyzed to discover potential health product safety signals. Some important reactions may take an extremely long time to develop or occur infrequently. Continued monitoring of adverse reactions is thus essential to maintain a comprehensive safety and effectiveness profile of health products.

Ginger Side Effects Reported to FDA

The following Ginger reports list potential signals of serious risks and new safety information that were identified using the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS).
FAERS is a database that contains information on adverse event and medication errors reports submitted to FDA by healthcare professionals (such as physicians, pharmacists, nurses and others), consumers (such as patients, family members, layers and others) and manufacturers.


The appearance of Ginger on this list does not mean that FDA has concluded that the drug has the listed risk. It means that FDA has identified a potential safety issue, but it does not mean that FDA has found a causal relationship between the drug and the listed risk.
Pain, Headache, Abdominal Pain Upper
This is a report of a 62-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from UNITED STATES, suffering from the following symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Ginger Root (dosage: NA, start time: May 01, 2012), combined with:
  • Probiotics
  • Chamomile
  • Digestive Gold
  • Omeprazole (Daily)
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s). The consumer presented with:
  • Pain
  • Headache
  • Abdominal Pain Upper
which developed after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Ginger Root treatment in female patients, resulting in pain side effect.

Breast Cancer
This report suggests a potential Ginger Root (zingiber Officinale Rhizome) Breast Cancer side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 49-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from UNITED STATES was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Ginger Root (zingiber Officinale Rhizome) (dosage: NA) starting NS. Soon after starting Ginger Root (zingiber Officinale Rhizome) the patient began experiencing various side effects, including:
  • Breast Cancer
Drugs used concurrently:
  • Dysport ((single Cycle),parenteral)
  • Spirulina (spirulina Spp.)
The patient was hospitalized. Although Ginger Root (zingiber Officinale Rhizome) demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as breast cancer, may still occur.

Oral Discomfort, Dermatitis Contact, Varicose Vein, Pneumonia, Oral Torus, Joint Injury, Cataract, Connective Tissue Disorder, Diverticulum
This Oral Discomfort, Dermatitis Contact, Varicose Vein, Pneumonia, Oral Torus, Joint Injury, Cataract, Connective Tissue Disorder, Diverticulum problem was reported by a physician from UNITED STATES. A 61-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA. On Dec 18, 2002 this consumer started treatment with Ginger (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Meclizine Hydrochloride
  • Acetaminophen
  • Fosamax
  • Avelox
  • Fosamax
  • Fosamax
  • Fosamax
When commencing Ginger, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects:
  • Oral Discomfort
  • Dermatitis Contact
  • Varicose Vein
  • Pneumonia
  • Oral Torus
  • Joint Injury
  • Cataract
  • Connective Tissue Disorder
  • Diverticulum
The patient was hospitalized.Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as oral discomfort, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.

Urticaria, Headache, Anaphylactic Shock
This is a report of a 57-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from GERMANY. The patient developed the following symptoms/conditions: NA and was treated with Ginger (dosage: Unk) starting Jan 01, 2011. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Celebrex (200 Mg/day)
Soon after that, the consumer experienced the following side effects:
  • Urticaria
  • Headache
  • Anaphylactic Shock
This opens a possibility that Ginger treatment could cause the above reactions, including urticaria, and some female subjects may be more susceptible.


Atrial Fibrillation, Blood Potassium Decreased, Nausea, Syncope
A 61-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from UNITED STATES with the following symptoms/conditions: colonoscopy started Ginger Lemon Flavored Phospha-soda(fleet) treatment (dosage: 1.5ml X 2 Po) on Sep 28, 2003. Soon after starting Ginger Lemon Flavored Phospha-soda(fleet) treatment, the subject experienced various side effects, including:
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Blood Potassium Decreased
  • Nausea
  • Syncope
Concurrently used drugs:
  • Prednisone Tab
  • Methotrexate
  • Leucovorin Calcium
  • Folic Acid
  • Prilosec
  • Remicade
  • Premarin
The patient was hospitalized. This finding indicates that some female patients could be more vulnerable to Ginger Lemon Flavored Phospha-soda(fleet).



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Keep Track of Side Effects

Note Your Observations

It is really important to keep of your symptoms, right from the time you start a new medicine. You can do it any way you prefer: in a notebook, in a computer file or using our online tool. You should also note down any other medicines you are taking at the same time, because there could be an interaction between these medicines.

Why Your Notes are Important

Your notes could be helpful in several ways:

  • You can use them to remind you of details that may alert your health care professional(s) to a problem
  • You will have a record to refer to in the future, in case you are ever prescribed the same medicine again

  • Log Form

    You can use the following log form to write down important information, like the date and time you experienced a side effect and your symptoms, how strong the symptoms were, and any other medicines you were using.

    Medicine Name and Dosage:
    Side Effects Scale Date & Time Other Medicine(s) or Treatment(s)
    Scale: 1 = very mild to 10 = very bad

    You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.


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