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Even though it is a "natural" product, yohimbe can cause side effects. It can even cause serious side effects, such as paralysis, kidney failure, and an irregular heart rhythm. You should contact your healthcare provider right away if you develop any of these serious problems. Some side effects are not as serious, but are merely bothersome, such as headaches, nausea, and shakiness.

Side Effects of Yohimbe: An Overview

Although it is a "natural" herbal remedy, yohimbe may cause side effects. While some people assume that natural products are automatically free of side effects, this is simply not the case. Remember, many poisons and toxins are also natural products.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with yohimbe. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of side effects with you.)

Yohimbe Side Effects to Report

There are a number of potential side effects with yohimbe that you should report to your healthcare provider and which might indicate that you should stop taking the herb. These side effects are generally seen only at a high yohimbe dosage. These include but are not limited to:
    • A rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Swelling of the mouth or throat
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing.

Bothersome Side Effects

Not all yohimbe side effects are dangerous; some are merely bothersome. Some of these bothersome side effects include:
  • Excitation
  • Shakiness (tremors)
  • Mild anxiety
  • Upset stomach
  • Increased salivation
  • Sinus infections
  • Irritability
  • Headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Frequent urination.
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