Doctor insights on:
Side Effects Of Tongkat Ali
Don't use it!: It's a plant from indonesia which has some traditional medical uses such as for malaria. However, it is mainly being used for sexual performance enhancement. And is called natural viagra (sildenafil). Many studies are touted, but none that I would recommend as indicating the product is effective or safe. Some fake versions contain prescription drugs and are dangerous. If you have a problem explore for the caus. ...Read more
Unclear: As unfortunately, presently there is limited data about tongkat ali (Eurycoma Longifolia) and medication interactions. I don't think anyone will be able to answer this with good certainty. ...Read more
Supplements: The body generally does not need supplements to produce hormones. The regulatory system of hormone regulation generally does not react well to artificial manipulation and often causes more harm than good if there is not a hormone deficiency. Hormone deficiencies are generally treated with synthetic versions of the hormones, not pro-hormones or supplements. ...Read more
Unknown: Icariin (one of the ingredients in Goat Weed) can probably be taken for up to 6 months. The effects of chronic use have not been formally studied. Women with estrogen responsive tumors should avoid this agent. Tongkat needs further study as well. You might discuss issues relating to sexual dysfunction with the doctor who prescribes the Lexapro (escitalopram) before experimenting with these agents. ...Read more
Can tongkat Ali be taken together with warfarin. Person has replaced the valve and is 74years old. Thanks?
Yes: No scientific basis that it is at all effective or active ...Read more
How can I stimulate/ increase my leydig cell count/ stimulate them? I read tongkat ali possibly can, zinc can possibly. I am asking about herbal/ natural things. Please do not say "can't advise on those things"
I CAN ADVISE:
I can advise on "these things" THERE ARE NO MAGIC SUPPLEMENTS which will "Increase your Leydig Cell Count!!! If any are advertised they are untruthful!!!!!! If you mean increase your POTENCY that's a different matter.
See a UROLOGIST for some rational Scientifically based answers
Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more
My male fiance has had no sexual desire since starting on 10mg of Lexapro and 150mg of wellbutrin (bupropion). Would horny goat weed or tongkat ali help at all?
Reduced sexual desir: I agree with dr. Wartenburg on the need to be careful with herbs here in the us, and speaking with your husband's physician before adding any of these. There are no interactions between horny goat weed, tongkat ali (actually eurycoma longifolia), lexapro, and wellbutrin (bupropion). There is also not sufficient research data to assure that either of these herbs will work for the intended purpose. ...Read more
I would NOT recommend that you take ANY HERBAL REMEDIES with WARFARIN....MANY MANY MANY examples of inter-action of herbal remedies (for example GREEN TEA!!!) with Warfarin or Coumadin (warfarin) exist!
No sense in "taking chances"!
Hope this helps'
DR Z ...Read more
Effects uncertain...: Polynerve 500 is an advertised product with claims of helping one's health. A patient should ask his doctor if the product is a real medication, approved by the fda for treating health problems. If the product is not a real medicine that has undergone years of real scientific testing, then one can't tell for sure if it works or not, and can't know what its side effects might be. ...Read more