Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Find a Vitamin or Supplement

GABA (GAMMA - AMINOBUTYRIC ACID)

Other Names:

Acide Bêta-Phényl-Gamma-Amino-Butyrique, Acide Gamma-Aminobutyrique, Ácido Gama-Aminobutríco, Beta-Phenyl-Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid, GABA, Gamma Amino Butyric Acid, Gamma-aminobutyric Acid.

GABA (GAMMA-AMINOBUTYRIC ACID) Overview
GABA (GAMMA-AMINOBUTYRIC ACID) Uses
GABA (GAMMA-AMINOBUTYRIC ACID) Side Effects
GABA (GAMMA-AMINOBUTYRIC ACID) Interactions
GABA (GAMMA-AMINOBUTYRIC ACID) Dosing
GABA (GAMMA-AMINOBUTYRIC ACID) Overview Information

GABA is a chemical that is made in the brain.

GABA is taken by mouth for relieving anxiety, improving mood, reducing symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and treating attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is also used for promoting lean muscle growth, burning fat, stabilizing blood pressure, and relieving pain.

GABA is used under the tongue for increasing the sense of well-being, relieving injuries, improving exercise tolerance, decreasing body fat, and increasing lean body weight.

How does it work?

GABA works by blocking brain signals (neurotransmissions).

GABA (GAMMA-AMINOBUTYRIC ACID) Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

Possibly Effective for:

  • High blood pressure. Some research shows that taking products containing GABA along with other ingredients can reduce blood pressure in people with high blood pressure.
  • Motion sickness. Some research shows that taking GABA might slow the onset of motion sickness and reduce symptoms such as chills, cold sweats, and pale skin.

Insufficient Evidence for:

  • Cerebral palsy. Early research shows that taking GABA might improve mental development, learning, vocabulary, and physical function in children with cerebral palsy.
  • Long-term infection of the airways in the lung (bronchitis). Early research shows that taking GABA along with medications used for bronchitis increases the amount of time between symptom episodes.
  • Cushing’s disease. Early research shows that GABA reduces the release of the hormone that causes Cushing’s disease.
  • Seizures. Early research shows that taking GABA along with medication used for treating seizures reduces the frequency of seizures in some people, but does not benefit people who have seizures triggered by lights or other visual causes.
  • Huntington’s disease. Early research shows that taking GABA alone or with other treatments does not improve movement in people with Huntington’s disease.
  • Inflammation of the tissue around the brain and spine (Meningitis). Early research suggests that taking GABA reduces the development of symptoms after recovery and prevents the development of other serious conditions.
  • Brain disorder caused by exposure to chemicals. Early research shows that taking GABA improves attention, memory, and emotional responses in children with a brain disorder caused by exposure to chemicals.
  • Stress. Early research shows that taking GABA reduces stress, tension, anxiety, confusion, and depression in people under stress.
  • Relieving anxiety.
  • Improving mood.
  • Relieving premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
  • Treating attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
  • Promoting lean muscle growth.
  • Burning fat.
  • Stabilizing blood pressure.
  • Relieving pain.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of GABA for these uses.


GABA (GAMMA-AMINOBUTYRIC ACID) Side Effects & Safety

GABA is LIKELY SAFE when taken correctly by mouth for short periods of time, up to 12 weeks.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of GABA during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

GABA (GAMMA-AMINOBUTYRIC ACID) Interactions What is this?

We currently have no information for GABA (GAMMA-AMINOBUTYRIC ACID) Interactions

GABA (GAMMA-AMINOBUTYRIC ACID) Dosing

The appropriate dose of GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for GABA. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

See 56 Reviews for this Treatment - OR -

Review this Treatment

Learn about User Reviews and read IMPORTANT information about user generated content

Conditions of Use and Important Information: This information is meant to supplement, not replace advice from your doctor or healthcare provider and is not meant to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions or adverse effects. This information may not fit your specific health circumstances. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified health care provider because of something you have read on WebMD. You should always speak with your doctor or health care professional before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your health care plan or treatment and to determine what course of therapy is right for you.

This copyrighted material is provided by Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Consumer Version. Information from this source is evidence-based and objective, and without commercial influence. For professional medical information on natural medicines, see Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Professional Version. © Therapeutic Research Faculty 2009.

Search for a Vitamin or Supplement

Ex. Ginseng, Vitamin C, Depression

Today on WebMD

Woman taking a vitamin or supplement
Article
Man taking a vitamin or supplement
Article
 
clams
Quiz
Woman in sun
Slideshow
 
Flaxseed added fiber
Video
!!69X75_Vitamins_Supplements.jpg
Evaluator
 
Woman sleeping
Article
Woman staring into space with coffee
Article
 
IMPORTANT: About This Section and Other User-Generated Content on WebMD

The opinions expressed in WebMD User-generated content areas like communities, reviews, ratings, or blogs are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. These opinions do not represent the opinions of WebMD. User-generated content areas are not reviewed by a WebMD physician or any member of the WebMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions. Some of these opinions may contain information about treatment or uses of drug products that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. WebMD does not endorse any specific product, service, or treatment.

Do not consider WebMD User-generated content as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on WebMD. You should always speak with your doctor before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your care plan or treatment. WebMD understands that reading individual, real-life experiences can be a helpful resource but it is never a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from a qualified health care provider. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or dial 911 immediately.