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
on May 14, 2012 Female from UNITED STATES , 62 years of age, weighting 117.1 lb, was treated with Ginger Root. Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Ginger side effects: pain, headache, abdominal pain upper. Ginger Root dosage: N/A.
Associated medications used:
  • Probiotics
  • Chamomile
  • Digestive Gold
  • Omeprazole (Daily)

Breast Cancer
Patient was taking Ginger Root (zingiber Officinale Rhizome). Patient felt the following Ginger side effects: breast cancer on Feb 24, 2012 from UNITED STATES Additional patient health information: Female , 49 years of age, weighting 125.0 lb, . Ginger Root (zingiber Officinale Rhizome) dosage: N/A.
Multiple prescriptions taken:
  • Dysport ((single Cycle),parenteral)
  • Spirulina (spirulina Spp.)
Patient was hospitalized.

Oral Discomfort, Dermatitis Contact, Varicose Vein, Pneumonia, Oral Torus, Joint Injury, Cataract, Connective Tissue Disorder, Diverticulum
Adverse event was reported on Feb 14, 2012 by a Female taking Ginger (Dosage: N/A) . Location: UNITED STATES , 61 years of age, weighting 149.9 lb, After Ginger was administered, patient encountered several Ginger side effects: oral discomfort, dermatitis contact, varicose vein, pneumonia, oral torus, joint injury, cataract, connective tissue disorder, diverticulum.
Multiple concurrent drugs taken:
  • Meclizine Hydrochloride
  • Acetaminophen
  • Fosamax
  • Avelox
  • Fosamax
  • Fosamax
  • Fosamax
Patient was hospitalized.

Urticaria, Headache, Anaphylactic Shock
on Dec 14, 2011 Female from GERMANY , 57 years of age, weighting 136.7 lb, was treated with Ginger. Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Ginger side effects: urticaria, headache, anaphylactic shock. Ginger dosage: Unk.
Associated medications used:
  • Celebrex (200 Mg/day)

Atrial Fibrillation, Blood Potassium Decreased, Nausea, Syncope
on Nov 14, 2007 Female from UNITED STATES , 61 years of age, weighting 149.0 lb, was diagnosed with and was treated with Ginger Lemon Flavored Phospha-soda(fleet). Patient felt the following Ginger side effects: atrial fibrillation, blood potassium decreased, nausea, syncope. Ginger Lemon Flavored Phospha-soda(fleet) dosage: 1.5ml X 2 Po.
Multiple prescriptions taken:
  • Prednisone Tab
  • Methotrexate
  • Leucovorin Calcium
  • Folic Acid
  • Prilosec
  • Remicade
  • Premarin
Patient was hospitalized.

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


    Date & Time

    Other Medicine(s) or Treatment(s)





    Scale: 1 = very mild to 10 = very bad

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  • 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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