SexRx: Yohimbine and Your Sex Life
Yohimbine is an alkaloid that is found in the bark of a West African evergreen tree—the yohimbe tree. Yohimbine might help treat impotence that can be caused by a variety of factors, although it comes with many risks.
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Yohimbe bark is often not standardized based on yohimbine content. Therefore, it is a less reliable source than the drug form.
Yohimbine has a long history of being used as an aphrodisiac. Some studies have suggested that it may have the following pro-sexual effects:
Since the effective level of yohimbine is close to its toxic level, it is not clear that its benefits outweigh its risks. Side effects include:
Yohimbine may cause adverse reactions when taken with certain medicines. These include:
If you have one of the following conditions, talk to your doctor before taking yohimbine:
Yohimbine is not usually prescribed for women. It should never be taken during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
Yohimbine is classified as an MAO inhibitor. When taking MAOIs, you should avoid the following foods:
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Last reviewed July 2012 by Brian Randall, MD