New FDA Warning For Kids And Yohimbe Herbal Supplements

July 26, 2017

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There are hundreds of herbal extracts and supplements on the market and although they do not have to be approved by the FDA, the agency is giving a warning for children to avoid yohimbe tree bark extract.  The evergreen tree extract has been used there for centuries to boost general health, athletic performance and as a libido booster. However a report from the Journal of Medical Toxicology, which reviewed data from poison control centers over the past 12 years, found disturbing news about yohimbe tree bark extract. They found of the 1,818 cases of yohimbe exposure reported between 2002 and 2012, 78% of them involved children and of all the cases, 512 were serious with 3.2% admitted to a critical care unit, and one died. The supplement can cause changes to heartbeat rhythm and blood pressure, with an overdose resulting in kidney failure, seizures and even death in kids.  The report is calling for an outright ban of yohimbe, similar to the ma huang/ephedra ban.  Parents are being cautioned to keep all yohimbe products away from children and stress that even though it is a herbal supplement, it is still a dangerous medication.

SOURCE: Journal of Medical Toxicology

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