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Yohimbine HCL Information

written by: Victoria Trix•edited by: Emma Lloyd•updated: 9/27/2009

Yohimbine HCL is used for treatment of low libido as well as erectile dysfunction, and comes from a natural herb found in certain tree barks.

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    Indications

    This drug is used to treat sexual impotence in men, as well as an aphrodisiac that will help to open blood vessels to allow flow of blood and therefore decreasing blood pressure. Yohimbine can be used for other conditions as a doctor determines.

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    Dosing Information

    This drug comes in 5.4 mg tablets, and can be taken twice a day to begin and then following with once daily dosing. Dosing varies based on weight and age, as well as medical condition and therapy response. A physician will determine dosing based on these factors, and the condition’s severity. Normal routine would suggest at least a 2 week period of medication before seeing viable results of any kind. Continue taking this medication until your doctor tells you to stop taking it.

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    Contraindications

    Those with heart conditions, or allergic reactions to this medication should not take it under any circumstances. Females should not use this medication as a libido stimulator, as the chemical requirements are not the same for males and females when it comes to libido medication. Pregnant women or those breast feeding should not take this medicine, as it is not known if it can be transferred to a baby through breast feeding and placenta.

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    Drug Interactions

    There are no side effects or drug interactions related directly to any medications with this drug. However, avoiding aged cheese, bananas, avocado, soy, fava beans, yeast extracts, meat tenderizers, colas, chocolate, caffeine, summer sausage and pepperoni is the best solution to ridding side effects. Salami, bologna, pickled herring, liver, red wines, sour cream, canned figs and raisins can all cause interactions with this medication. If you partake of any of these by mistake while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately for further information.

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    Side Effects

    Side effects of taking Yohimbine HCL include nausea, dizziness, anxiety, sleepiness, duodenal ulcers, and headaches. Although there are few side effects, many are not experienced by all of patients. Some patients have no side effects whatsoever, and therefore can take this medication with no problems. Anyone having side effects from this medication can consult their physician about dosing changes.

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    Risks

    Overdose can be seen with symptoms such as weakness and fatigue, dizziness, excitation, severe stomach upset and nervousness as well as irritability, paralysis and seizures. If any of these symptoms are seen, rush to an emergency room and contact the local poison control center as well. The elderly are much more sensitive to the side effects of this medication, therefore caution should be used. Women should not take this medication, especially while pregnant as it is not known if this can be excreted in breast milk.