Bacopa is commonly used for Alzheimer disease, memory and thinking skills (cognitive function), anxiety, and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but there is limited scientific research to support these uses.
How does it work ?
Uses & Effectiveness
Possibly Ineffective for
Insufficient Evidence for
- Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is unclear if bacopa is beneficial for reducing symptoms of ADHD.
- Memory and thinking skills (cognitive function). Some research shows that bacopa improves some memory and thinking skills, but not all research agrees.
- Depression. Early research shows that taking bacopa along with citalopram, an antidepressant, helps to reduce symptoms in people who have depression and don't get full relief from citalopram.
- Alzheimer disease.
- Back pain.
- Heart failure and fluid build up in the body (congestive heart failure or CHF).
- High blood pressure.
- Rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
- Sexual problems that prevent satisfaction during sexual activity.
- Other conditions.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Children: Bacopa is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth by children 6-12 years old for up to 6 months.
Slow heart rate (bradycardia): Bacopa might slow down the heart rate. This could be a problem in people who already have a slow heart rate.
Gastrointestinal tract blockage: Bacopa might cause "congestion" in the intestines. This might cause problems in people who have a blockage in their intestines.
Ulcers: Bacopa might increase secretions in the stomach and intestines. There is concern that this could worsen ulcers.
Lung conditions: Bacopa might increase fluid secretions in the lung. There is concern that this could worsen lung conditions such as asthma or a lung disease that makes it harder to breathe (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD).
Thyroid disorders: Bacopa might increase levels of thyroid hormone. Bacopa should be used cautiously or avoided if you have a thyroid condition or take thyroid hormone medications.
Urinary tract obstruction: Bacopa might increase secretions in the urinary tract. There is concern that this could worsen urinary obstruction.
We currently have no information for BACOPA Interactions.
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