Forskolin products are available at stores that sell supplements, such as GNC, and large supermarkets, such as Walmart, according to the stores' official websites. It is also available at online marketplaces, such as Amazon.
Forskolin works by widening blood vessels and affecting heart muscles to create a more powerful heartbeat, according to WebMD. Extracted from the roots of the Plectranthus barbatus, the chemical may be effective in treating idiopathic congestive cardiomyopathy and relieving the symptoms of asthma. Although insufficient exists for its effectiveness in treating other conditions, individuals also use forskolin for erectile dysfunction, allergies, chest pain, irritable bowel system, period pains, insomnia and blood clots. Early research also suggests that forskolin eye drops can decrease eye pressure in persons with otherwise healthy eyes. Side effects include cough, tremor, restlessness and throat irritation for inhaled forskolin, while formulations administered by IV can cause low blood pressure and flushing.
Forskolin may interact with certain medications, such as nifedipine, verapimil and other medications used to treat high blood pressure, WebMD warns. The substance may also cause dizziness when used in combination with isosorbide, nitroglycerin and other medications that increase blood flow. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding as well as people with heart disease, a bleeding disorder or low blood pressure should talk to a medical professional before using forskolin. Because forskolin increases bleeding, patients should stop taking it at least two weeks before a scheduled surgery.