The medicinal herb yohimbe, which is a highly effective treatment for erectile dysfunction in men and sexual problems caused by antidepressant drugs, can cause serious side effects. In fact, it is best to use yohimbe extract only under the guidance of a qualified health care provider– and to avoid it if you have any medical condition. Side effects of yohimbe extract range from mild to life-threatening.
Here are some possible side effects of yohimbe extract.
You might develop diarrhea, constipaton, nausea and abdominal cramping while using yohimbe.
High Blood Pressure
Yohimbe extract casues a temporary increase in your blood pressure. This can be dangerous to people with pre-existing hypertension.
Tachycardia, or elevated heart rate, is a common side effect of yohimbe extract. It may cause your heart rate to spike up to 120 beats per minute or more.
Yohimbe extract increases your production of saliva. This can lead to drooling, which may be both uncomfortable and embarrassing.
Agitation and irritability are common side effects associated with yohimbe extract. Its stimulant effects can alter your mood, leading to grumpiness and aggressive behavior.
Tension-like headaches and sinus pain may occur when you use yohimbe extract, particularly in high doses.
People taking yohimbe often feel an urgent need to urinate frequently.
This rare but serious side effect of yohimbe extract occurs almost exclusively in people taking very large doses. Call 911 or go to the emergency room if you are having trouble breathing.
Very Low Blood Pressure
Although low to moderate doses of yohimbe extract cause hypertension, it can cause an abrupt and dangerous crash in blood pressure for people taking large doses.
Consult your health care provider before using yohimbe, especially if you have a medical condition. Visit the National Institutes of Health for more information about the side effects of yohimbe extract.