Yohimbe / Pausinystalia Yohimbe

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:51 by admin
Yohimbe is a tree bark containing a variety of pharmacologically active chemicals. It is marketed in a number of products for body building and "enchanced male performance." Serious adverse effects, including renal failure, seizures and death, have been reported to the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) with products containing yohimbe and are currently under investigation.

The major identified alkaloid in yohimbe is yohimbine, a chemical that causes vasodilation, thereby lowering blood pressure. Yohimbine is also a prescription drug in the United States. Side effects are well recognized and may include central nervous system stimulation that causes anxiety attacks. At high doses, yohimbine is a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor. MAO inhibitors can cause serious adverse effects when taken concomitantly with tyramine-containing foods (e.g., liver, cheeses, red wine) or with over-the-counter (OTC) products containing phenylpropanolamine (PPA), such as nasal decongestants and diet aids. Individuals taking yohimbe should be warned to rigorously avoid these foods and OTC products because of the increased likelihood of adverse effects.

Yohimbe should also be avoided by individuals with hypotension (low blood pressure), diabetes, and heart, liver or kidney disease. Symptoms of overdosage include weakness and nervous stimulation followed by paralysis, fatigue, stomach disorders, and ultimately death.

See your doctor if you have experienced serious health problems after taking Yohimbe. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

  1. Performance Enhancing Supplements: Overview
  2. Anxiety Disorders & Panic Attacks: Overview
  3. Diabetes
  4. Digestive Disorders: Overview
  5. Fatigue: Overview
  6. Heart Problems
  7. Kidney Failure
  8. Liver Failure: Overview
  9. Low Blood Pressure (hypotension): Overview
  10. Paralysis: Overview
  11. Seizures: Overview
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