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Yohimbe

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jan 2, 2019.

What are other common names?

  • 11-Hydroxy Yohimbine
  • Corynanthe johimbi
  • Corynanthe yohimbi
  • Pausinystalia johimbe
  • Pausinystalia yohimbe
  • Alpha Yohimbine
  • Alpha Yohimbine HCl
  • Aphrodien
  • Aphrodyne
  • Corynanthe Johimbe
  • Corynanthe Yohimbe
  • Johimbi
  • Muriaticum
  • Yocon
  • Yohimbe Bark
  • Yohimbehe
  • Yohimbehe Cortex
  • Yohimbine
  • Yohimbine HCl
  • Yohimbinum Muriaticum

What is this product used for?

Yohimbe is used by some people to lose weight and build muscles. Men may use it to help with erectile dysfunction. Both men and women may use it to increase sexual desire. Yohimbe may be used to help regulate blood pressure. Some people may use it to help with dry mouth, feeling tired, or low mood. Others may use it to help with chest pain or diabetic nerve pain.

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.

  • Do not use this product if you are breastfeeding.

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

    • Heart problems

    • Kidney problems

    • Prostate problems

    • Liver problems

    • High or low blood pressure

    • Diabetes

    • Mental problems like anxiety, schizophrenia, or low mood

  • Keep hard candies, glucose tablets, liquid glucose, or juice on hand for low blood sugar.

What should I watch for?

  • Upset stomach

  • Change in blood pressure

  • Abnormal heartbeat

  • Breathing problems

  • Problems sleeping

  • Rash

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 high blood pressure. Thee include like very bad headaches, nervousness, problems breathing, or nosebleeds.

  • Signs of low blood sugar. These include hunger, dizziness, shaking, a fast heartbeat, confusion, or sweating.

  • Very bad throwing up

  • Very bad loose stools

  • Very bad headache

  • Feeling faint or dizzy

  • Seizures

Where can I learn more?

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

https://nccih.nih.gov/health/yohimbe?nav=gsa

Last Reviewed Date

2017-09-25

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