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A 21-year-old female asked:

I am 21. i have no health problems. is it safe to start taking"horny goat weed" to increase libido?

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Dr. Greg Patenaude
Pharmacology 15 years experience
Should be okay: Horny goat weed is safe and well tolerated for most healthy individuals. There are a couple precautions you should be aware of: long term use can be associated with respiratory arrest and tendon spasms. Also, horny goat weed can affect the heart rhythm, so do not take it if you have any problems with your heart.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Horny Goat Weed: I'm not sure why a 21 year old female (as indicated in your question) would try to increase her libido with an herb used by men for erectile dysfunction? A compound in this herb blocks the effects of an enzyme that restricts blood flow to the penis . . . But it's not really a libido enhancer. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/lifestyle-guide-11/horny-goat-weed-epimedium.

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