What is Yohimbe?
Yohimbe is a tree native to Western Africa, where its bark has long been used to enhance libido. The active ingredient from the bark of yohimbe — yohimbine — is used in dietary supplements to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) and other sexual problems. Yohimbe has also become a growing trend among bodybuilders to help with fat loss.
What’s the Difference Between Natural Yohimbe and Yohimbine?
Although yohimbine comes from the yohimbe bark, it’s concentrated and standardized, according to WebMD. Studies have shown that supplements which contain the chemical yohimbine are moderately effective at treating ED. Yohimbine drugs have also been used to ease the sexual side effects of antidepressants and to treat low sex drive in women. However, it’s unclear whether natural yohimbe has the same benefits as synthesized yohimbine.
FDA Warning on Yohimbe
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has received numerous reports of seizures and kidney failure in people who recently consumed yohimbe products. As little as 40 milligrams per day can cause severe side effects, such as dangerous changes in blood pressure, hallucinations, paralysis, liver, kidney, and heart problems, and can even be fatal, according to the FDA.
Yohimbe Side Effects
- Increased blood pressure (hypertension)
- Panic attacks
- Liver problems
- Kidney damage
- Heart attack
- Organ failure
- And more
Grenade Thermo Detonator Class Action Lawsuit
A Class Action Lawsuit (PDF) recently filed in the Northern District of Illinois alleges that GNC sold a yohimbe-containing supplement called Grenade Thermo Detonator that “almost killed” Plaintiff Jay Rossi in 2017. The suit claims that Grenade Thermo Detonator was laced with “amphetamines or an amphetamine type substance,” including “dangerous amounts of Yohimbe Bark extract or, alternatively, bitter orange extract.” The lawsuit is: Jay Rossi vs. General Nutrition Corp. (GNC) and Grenade USA, LLC. Case No. 1:19-cv-01417.
Do I Have a Yohimbe Class Action Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in yohimbe Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
If you or a loved one was injured by yohimbe side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.