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Horny Goat Weed

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Dec 27, 2018.

What are other common names?

  • Epimedium acuminatum
  • Epimedium brevicornum
  • Epimedium grandiflorum f. flavescens
  • Epimedium grandiflorum
  • Epimedium koreanum
  • Epimedium macranthum
  • Epimedium pubescens
  • Epimedium sagittatum
  • Epimedium violaceum
  • Epimedium wushanense
  • Arrow-Leaf Barrenwort
  • Barrenwort
  • Bishop's Hat
  • Chien-Hsieh
  • Epimedium
  • Fairy Wings
  • Japanese Epimedium
  • Randy Beef Grass
  • Rowdy Lamb Herb
  • Xian Ling Pi
  • Yin Yang Huo
  • Yin-Yang-Hua

What is this product used for?

Horny goat weed is used by some people to lower blood pressure. Others believe it will help with erectile dysfunction and low sex drive. It is used by some people to help with bone loss.

What are the precautions when taking this product?

  • Always check with your doctor before you use a natural product. Some products may not mix well with drugs or other natural products.

  • Do not use this product if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant soon. Use birth control you can trust while taking this product.

  • Take extra care and check with your doctor if you have:

    • Heart problems

    • Blood pressure problems

    • Cancer

    • Erectile dysfunction problems

What should I watch for?

  • Upset stomach

  • Fast heart rate

  • Breathing problems

  • Sweating

  • Feeling dizzy

  • Dry mouth and thirst

  • Muscle spasms

  • Anxiety

When do I need to call the doctor?

  • Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away.

  • Signs of low blood pressure. These include feeling dizzy, weak, or tired; fainting; more thirst; or skin that is pale, cool, and clammy.

  • Very bad throwing up

  • Very nervous or excitable

Last Reviewed Date

2016-10-25

Consumer information use

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