Safe Yohimbine Dosages

Yohimbe dosage knowledge is vital in understanding the Yohimbe, which is the name of the bark of a tall evergreen tree, found in western Africa known as Pausinystalia or Corynanthe Yohimbe.

Yohimbe is a natural aphrodisiac that has been used for centuries in western African nations for sexual enhancement.

Although tolerated well in low doses, users should be aware that dose-dependent unpleasant symptoms like increased sweating and heart rate going faster, can occur.

Yohimbe herb is often thought of as a male erectile function, and most people don’t realize that this herb is also a sexual stimulant for women.

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Women like the enhanced sensation and engorgement of genital organs that it provides, as long as the dose is kept low to prevent negative adverse reactions.

On the other hand, Yohimbine is the active ingredient of the Yohimbe herb, and is used for athletic performance enhancement, increased energy levels, erectile dysfunction, low libido, depression, obesity, etc…

Yohimbine is an alkaloid found in Yohimbe bark extract and is referred to as “yohimbine hydrochloride when standardized for use as the active ingredient in supplements.

The dose of yohimbine one should use depends on one’s intended use for the product, as well as one’s tolerance level.

In some cases, a dosage of 5 – 15 mg per day is used, while in others, higher or lower amounts may be recommended.

High dosages of yohimbine can cause serious negative side effects, the reason most users recommend starting at half the suggested dosage to measure your sensitivity.

Yohimbine pills should be generally taken on an empty stomach and should not be used late in the day to prevent insomnia.

Yohimbine HCL

Yohimbe bark contains up to 6% total alkaloids, of which 5-15% is yohimbine, an alpha-2-adrenergic blocking agent.

Yohimbine hydrochloride is sold as a prescription drug, while Yohimbe bark extract is available over the counter in health or food stores.

Most research on dosages has focused on the prescription product, because, the bark extract has much lower amounts of yohimbine than the prescription drug does.

However, the active chemical is associated with numerous side effects.

Yohimbine hydrochloride (HCL) is the most commonly used form of this compound (yohimbine). It is sold as a standalone product in tablet or capsule form as well as incorporated into pre-workouts and fat burner supplements.

Yohimbine HCL is chemically synthesized to offer a source of yohimbine that is not only more cost-efficient but also of higher purity and potency.

However, those choosing the natural method may prefer products with yohimbine, extracted from Yohimbe bark or dried yohimbine bark steeped in hot water.

A yohimbine HCL dosage of 0.2 mg per kilogram of body weight taken on an empty stomach immediately upon waking up or in-between meals improves fat oxidation without causing undesirable side effects like high blood pressure or racing heart.

Below provides a guideline on dosages of yohimbine HCL you should take based on your need, and body weight:

Bodyweight in pounds Bodyweight in kilograms Milligrams of Yohimbine HCL per day Quantity of 2.5mg Capsules
 120  55  11  ~4
 140  64  13  ~5
 160  73  15  ~6
 180  82  16  ~7
 200  91  18  ~7
 220  100  20  ~8
 240  109  22  ~9

Dosage Options

No quality research exists on Yohimbe bark, so safe and effective dosages are not clearly spelled out.

However, a health website suggests beginning with the lowest dosage recommended on the product label, and if you experience side effects, you may want to reduce the dosage.

But if the product does not work effectively, you can increase the dosage, but not more than advised on the label.

The familiar dose of the drug yohimbine is 15 to 30 mg daily in divided doses. This information is according to the Swedish Medical Center.

Some people experience optimal effectiveness at much lower doses, even as low as 5 mg daily, since taking a higher dose of Yohimbe does not necessarily produce better effectiveness.

Some individuals may not even experience significant benefits for up to three weeks of treatment.

Adverse Effects of Yohimbine HCL

Yohimbine HCL can produce adverse effects, especially when it is consumed in large doses or with medications known to interact with it.

Some of the most common side effects of yohimbine HCL include:

  • Seizure
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Agitation
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Respiratory depression
  • Changes in blood pressure

In order to avoid these side effects, never take more than the recommended yohimbine dosage for your need or intended use.

Also, avoid all medications that are known to interact with yohimbine, including naloxone, tricyclic antidepressants, stimulants, phenothiazines, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, etc…


Grant Philips