We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What Factors Affect Yohimbine Dosage?

By Emma Miller
Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Yohimbine is a compound extracted from the alkaloid-containing plant Pausinystalia yohimbe, and is sometimes used as a treatment for erectile dysfunction. The typical yohimbine dosage ranges from 15 to 30 mg, usually split into multiple doses throughout the day. The drug can cause a number of potentially serious side effects, including heart arrhythmia and high blood pressure.

The bark of Pausinystalia yohimbe contains the alkaloid chemical compound known as yohimbine. Before it can be prescribed as medication for erectile dysfunction, yohimbe bark extract is processed and its active chemical extracted. The drug contains a standardized dose of the compound. Other uses of the plant include distilling the bark extract to create a herbal remedy that is typically available over-the-counter and commonly used for its alleged aphrodisiac qualities. Yohimbe bark extract can be used to combat the libido decline sometimes experienced by people on antidepressants, or to boost weight loss.

Erectile dysfunction is characterized by the repeated inability to develop or maintain an erection for the purposes of sexual activity. There are a number of potential causes for erectile dysfunction and these can include psychological issues, such as anxiety or depression; neurological disorders; and medication side effects. Erectile dysfunction is more common in men over 50 years of age, who may be at higher risk for the disorder because of other factors, like obesity, diabetes, or cardiovascular conditions. There are a wide array of treatment options for erectile dysfunction. Taking yohimbine typically increases blood flow to the penis and this may help a sufferer to obtain and maintain an erection.

The drug typically works within 14 to 21 days of the start of therapy. Taking yohimbine isn’t always successful in improving the symptoms of erectile dysfunction, and medical studies indicate the compound may be effective for up to 45% of men who use it for that purpose. There are no clear yohimbine dosage guidelines. The drug can be taken in doses of up to 100 mg daily, but doses higher than 30 mg are associated with an increased risk for side effects, without providing better symptom control. A typical starting yohimbine dosage for erectile dysfunction may be 5.4 to 6 mg, three times a day.

Concomitant use of yohimbine, or yohimbe bark extract, with a type of antidepressant medications known as monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOIs) drugs or with nervous system stimulants — such as pseudoephedrine or epinephrine — may lead to severe side effects and should be avoided. Patients taking medications for hypertension and suffering from erectile dysfunction should generally start with a lower than usual yohimbine dosage, as the compound can cause high blood pressure at typical doses, especially in susceptible individuals. Those suffering from hypertension, or other forms of cardiovascular disease, may benefit from an initial yohimbine dosage as low as 5 mg per day. The drug has been linked to a number of possible side effects, including nausea, dizziness, and tremors.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.