Horny Goat Weed (Herbs/Suppl)

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Brand and Other Names:epimedium spp, herba epimedii, more...icariin, inyokaku, yin yang huo

Suggested Dosing

2 caps (1000 mg, may vary with mfr)/d PO

3-4 caps PO 90 min before sexual activity

May also be taken as a tea

Preventing osteoporosis: a specific phytoestrogen extract of epimedium containing 60 mg icariin, 15 mg daidzein, and 3 mg genistein, along with 300 mg of elemental calcium PO qDay

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Suggested Uses

Erectile dysfunction, sexual dysfunction (male or female), menopausal symptoms

Efficacy

Controversial-studies in China suggest a component, icariin has estrogenic & antioxidant properties; may contain other pharmacoactive compounds

Present in many commercially available supplements

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Adverse Effects

Not known

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Warnings

Contraindications

Pregnancy, lactation

Cautions

Any medical condition

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Pregnancy & Lactation

Pregnancy Category: unsafe

Lactation: avoid use

Pregnancy Categories

A:Generally acceptable. Controlled studies in pregnant women show no evidence of fetal risk.

B:May be acceptable. Either animal studies show no risk but human studies not available or animal studies showed minor risks and human studies done and showed no risk.

C:Use with caution if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies not available or neither animal nor human studies done.

D:Use in LIFE-THREATENING emergencies when no safer drug available. Positive evidence of human fetal risk.

X:Do not use in pregnancy. Risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.

NA:Information not available.

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Pharmacology

Metabolism: N/A

Excretion: N/A

Mechanism of Action

Unknown

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