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SexRx: Yohimbine and Your Sex Life
Commonly Used Product Names
- Yohimbine hydrochloric acid (HCL)—a prescription drug in a tablet
Yohimbe bark—available in the following forms:
- Concentrated drops
- Decoction (an extract obtained from boiling)
- Helps to obtain and maintain erection
- Enhances quality of erection
- MAO inhibitors—When combined with yohimbine, MAO inhibitors can cause dangerously high blood pressure.
- Antidepressants—Yohimbine can interact with most types of antidepressants.
- Antihypertensives—Yohimbine may increase blood pressure-lowering effects.
- Nasal decongestants
- Phenylpropanolamine-containing diet aids
- Kidney disease
- High or low blood pressure
- Chronic inflammation of the prostate gland
- Heart or liver disease
- History of gastric or duodenal ulcer disease
- Psychiatric conditions, including:
Foods with a high-tyramine content, such as
- Pickled or marinated or smoked or cured or fermented foods
- Organ meats
- Nuts, peanut butter
- Fava beans
- Canned figs
- Excess amounts of caffeine
- Foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG)
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 06/2014
- Update Date: 00/60/2014