What is this medicine?
YOHIMBINE (yoh HIM been) is used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) in men.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Aphrodyne, Erex, Yocon, Yohimar
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- depression or other mental problems
- heart disease, angina, high blood pressure, a history of heart attack, or other heart problems
- if you are female (this medicine is not for use in women)
- kidney disease
- liver disease
- stomach disease
- an unusual or allergic reaction to yohimbine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
This medicine is not for use in children.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
- MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
This medicine may also interact with the following:
- ephedra, Ma huang
- green tea
- medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
- medicines for high blood pressure
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
If you feel this medicine is not working for you, do not change the dose. Talk to your doctor or health care professional.
If you experience symptoms of nausea, dizziness, chest pain or arm pain during sexual activity after taking this medicine, you should refrain from further activity and call your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible.
This medicine can interact with certain foods that contain tyramine to produce severe headaches, a rise in blood pressure, or irregular heart beat. Foods that contain significant amounts of tyramine include aged cheeses; meats like liver, pepperoni, salami or other sausages; beer and ale (including alcohol-free beer); red wine; sherry; hard liquor or liqueurs; and fava or broad bean pods. Ask your doctor or health care professional, pharmacist, or nutritionist for a complete listing of tyramine-containing foods.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- anxiety or agitation
- chest pain or palpitations
- increased blood pressure
- increased heart rate
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- nervousness or restlessness
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
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