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Yohimbine for Erectile Dysfunction

Yohimbine is a veterinary drug used for the sedation of dogs and deer, however, it has been researched as an erectile dysfunction treatment. Yohimbine comes from the bark of the Pausinystalia Yohimbe tree. Extracts derived from this bark are marketed as supplements to help improve sexual performance. However, the effectiveness of Yohimbine for erectile dysfunction has not yet been proven. If you are intending to take Yohimbine for erectile dysfunction, there are several important points you should be aware of. We’ll discuss them here:

Anxiety & Mental Health

Yohimbine has been found to lead to severe anxiety in people who are already predisposed to anxiety. Factors that may predispose you to anxiety include: previous trauma, stress, close genetic relatives with an anxiety disorder, drug or alcohol abuse, depression, bipolar disorder and other mental health disorders. For people with bipolar disorder, Yohimbine has in some cases caused episodes of manic psychosis or suicidal depression. Therefore, if you have any condition which may predispose you to anxiety, you should try to avoid Yohimbine.

 

Drug Interactions

Just because a substance is not a prescription medication, does not mean it won’t interact with any other medication you are taking. Yohimbine has been found to interact with a large number of neurological medications. If you are taking any medication, you should consult your doctor before taking Yohimbine. In addition, if you choose to take Yohimbine, you should let your doctor know before they prescribe you any other medication.

 

Lack of Regulation

As Yohimbine is not a licensed drug, it is not properly regulated. Therefore, the content of Yohimbine can vary widely. It has been found that the actual amount of Yohimbine contained in the supplement can vary between 25%-150% from the amount stated on the label. Therefore, you can be less sure of what you are taking. In addition, if you purchase Yohimbine from a less reputable source, you may find that other ingredients are included which could have potentially harmful effects. If you are going to purchase Yohimbine, do so from a reputable high-street store or from a reputable website.

 

Sources:

https://examine.com/supplements/yohimbine/

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/anxiety/symptoms-causes/syc-20350961

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