What is Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: Kirkman GABA

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See also: Phenibut

Gamma-aminobutyric acid functions as a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system, decreasing neuron activity thus preventing them from overfiring. With niacinamide (B3) and inositol, GABA prevents anxiety and stress-related messages from reaching the motor centers of the brain.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 21 11
Promote relaxation 19 11
Insomnia 14 13
Anxious mood 5 2
Generalized anxiety disorder 3 2

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 1
Mild 5
None 38

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)

Side effect Patients
Daytime sleepiness 1
Depressed mood 1
Drowsy in a.m. 1
Electric shock sensation whole body 1
Flushing 1
Malaise 1

Show all 7 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)

Dosage Patients
500 mg daily 2
1 capsule(s) daily 1
1 tab(s) daily 1
1 capsule(s) twice daily 1
2 mg daily 1
1 tablet(s) three times daily 1
3 tab(s) daily 1
3 tablet(s) three times daily 1
250 mg twice daily 1
600 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 13
Other 9
Expense 6
Side effects too severe 4
Personal research 3
Doctor's advice 2
See all 31 patients who've stopped taking Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)

Duration

Currently taking Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 14
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 34
Usually 7
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 41
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 6
< $25 14
Not specified 24
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5 patient evaluations for Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)

Jul 7, 2017 (Started Jul 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Inhibitory neurotransmitter, controls muscle symptoms
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 22, 2016 (Started Jul 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 1, 2014 (Started Jun 02, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Promote relaxation)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for muscle twitching (fasciculations))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 15, 2012 (Started Mar 12, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 1 tab(s) Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Mar 14, 2011 (Started Mar 12, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 tab(s) Daily
Advice & Tips: My toes relax right after a dissolve a tab under my tongue!!
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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