What Is Forskolin and How Does It Work?

Forskolin is a herbal supplement which can be used as a natural remedy for treatment in cancer, obesity, glaucoma, allergies and asthma, heart failure, intestinal spasms, painful cramps during your period (dysmenorrhea), irritable bowel syndrome, urinary tract infection, high blood pressure (hypertension), chest pain (angina), difficulty falling asleep (insomnia) and convulsions.

Small clinical studies indicate obesity reduction potential as well as asthma prevention.

Forskolin is available under the following different brand names: coleus forskohlii, colforsin, makandi, maohouqiaoruihua, and pashanabhedi.

Dosages of Forskolin

Should Be Given As Follows


  • 100-300 mg/day orally of extract containing 10-20% forskolin


  • 10 mg of forskolin powder using a Spinhaler inhalator for Asthma.

Dosage Considerations

There are no dosage considerations for the use of forskolin.

What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Forskolin?

Side effects of forskolin include:

What Other Drugs Interact with Forskolin?

If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor, health care provider or pharmacist first.

Forskolin has moderate interactions with 73 different drugs.

Forskolin has mild interactions with at least 88 different drugs.

This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist. Check with your physician if you have health questions or concerns.

What Are Warnings and Precautions for Forskolin?


This medication contains forskolin. Do not take coleus forskohlii, colforsin, makandi, maohouqiaoruihua, or pashanabhedi, if you are allergic to forskolin or any ingredients contained in this drug.

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.


Do no use simultaneously with anticoagulants, antihypertensive, vasodilators, or if suffering from ulcers, diabetes and when pregnant or breastfeeding.

Effects of Drug Abuse

There are no effects of drug abuse associated with the use of forskolin.

Short-Term Effects

There are no short-term effects associated with the use of forskolin.

Long-Term Effects

There are no long-term effects associated with the use of forskolin.


Increased risk of bleeding.

Pregnancy and Lactation

Increased risk of bleeding.

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