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Gamma-aminobutyric acid is a type of dietary supplement supposedly beneficial for various uses, such as improving mood or promoting weight loss. However, there is little scientific evidence that it is effective for any use. Although it is a "natural" product, this supplement may not be safe for everyone, so talk to your healthcare provider before beginning treatment.
What Is Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid?Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is an important neurotransmitter in the body. It is also available as a dietary supplement claimed to be useful for a variety of things, such as improving mood and promoting weight loss.
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Are There Side Effects?Even though it is a "natural" product, gamma-aminobutyric acid can cause side effects, such as an increased heart rate or increased blood pressure.
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Safety Concerns With Gamma-Aminobutyric AcidThere is very little information available in order to rate the safety of gamma-aminobutyric acid. However, some people may be more likely to experience problems with a supplement or medication than others. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking gamma-aminobutyric acid if you:
- Have any chronic medical condition
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see GABA and Pregnancy)
- Are breastfeeding (see GABA and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
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