How does Coleus work?

Forskolin works on muscles in the heart and in the walls of the blood vessels. It produces a more powerful heartbeat and widening of the blood vessels, which lowers blood pressure.

Are there safety concerns?

Forskolin is possibly safe for most adults when used appropriately by injection, inhalation (breathing in), or as eye drops.

When given by injection, forskolin can cause flushing and low blood pressure. When inhaled (breathed in), forskolin can cause throat irritation, cough, tremor, and restlessness. Eye drops containing forskolin can cause stinging.

Do not use forskolin if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You have heart or blood pressure problems.
  • You have any condition which makes you more likely to bleed.
  • You are scheduled for surgery in the next two weeks. Forskolin might increase the risk of bleeding.

Therapeutic Research Faculty copyright

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

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.