Drugs & Therapy Perspectives

, Volume 34, Issue 8, pp 358–366 | Cite as

Ginkgo biloba extract EGb 761® in the symptomatic treatment of mild-to-moderate dementia: a profile of its use

  • Kate McKeage
  • Katherine A. Lyseng-Williamson
Adis Drug Q&A


EGb 761® (Tanakan®) is a standardized extract of Ginkgo biloba leaves that has demonstrated protective properties against neuronal and vascular damage. Overall, in randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials and meta-analyses in adults with mild-to-moderate dementia, EGb 761® displayed positive effects, with changes from baseline in outcomes related to cognition, behaviour and global change that are generally better than those shown with placebo. EGb 761® is generally well tolerated, with no safety issues being identified during its many years of widespread use.



The manuscript was reviewed by: M. Mazza, Department of Neurosciences, Institute of Psychiatry, Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy; M.C. Woodward, Aged and Residential Care Services, Austin Health, University of Melbourne, Heidelberg, VIC, Australia; W.S. Zirker, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Upland, PA, USA. During the peer review process, Ipsen Pharma, the marketing-authorization holder of EGb 761®, was also offered an opportunity to provide a scientific accuracy review of their data. Changes resulting from comments received were made on the basis of scientific and editorial merit.

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The preparation of this review was not supported by any external funding.

Conflict of interest

K. McKeage and K.A. Lyseng-Williamson are employees of Adis/Springer, are responsible for the article content and declare no conflicts of interest.


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