Forskolin is produced by Indian coleus plant, also called as pashanabhedi, Indian coleus, makandi, HL-362, NKH477, mao qiao rui hua. It contains tetrahydropyran derived hetrocyclic ring. It has been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicines. This plant grows in India, Nepal and Thailand. It is used as herbal supplement. Here we describe some forskolin side effects let us read to know them in detail.
It is Used in the Conditions Mentioned Below:
- Idiopathic congestive cardiomyopathy
- Metastatic Cancer
- Intestinal spasms
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Urinary tract infection
- Chest pain
Forskolin Side Effects: What Are the Risks?
There are a lot of side effects of Forskolin. Since it is taken for different conditions via different routes namely ingestion, intravenously (IV), inhalation and direct application to eyes. The side effects are mentioned below for each mode of administration.
1. When Taken IV:
- Flushing-feeling of redness and warmth on the face , neck and upper chest
- Tachycardia- feeling of rapid heartbeats.
- Hypotension-low blood pressure
- Hypoglycaemia –low blood sugar
The potential dangerous side effect is hypotension. It in turn causes dizziness, fatigue, pale skin, loss of consciousness, diminished concentration. This may affect the vital organs and may result in brain damage. This increased heart rate leads to shortness of breath, light headedness, chest pain, palpitation, rapid pulse or loss of consciousness.
2. When Ingested:
- Increase in stomach acid levels –
- Drug interactions & bleeding-
If the Forskolin taken along with blood thinners, it interact with each other and cause bleeding. Even the high blood pressure drugs may interact with Forskolin. Caution has to be taken to see the drug interactions before taking Forskolin.
3. When Inhaled:
- Upper respiratory tract irritation & cough
4. When Applied in Eyes:
- Stinging sensation of the eyes
- Enlarging of the blood vessels in the eyes
Forskolin has many side effects, though it is used for various conditions. Please consult your doctor before using Forskolin for any of the conditions.