ArginMax

ArginMax

ArginMax

For Patients & Caregivers

ArginMax was shown in small studies to improve sexual performance in both women and men.

ArginMax is a dietary supplement that contains Gingko biloba, Panax ginseng, American Ginseng, Damiana, L-Arginine, Vitamins A, C, E, B-complex, Zinc and Selenium. The manufacturers of ArginMax claim that it helps improve sexual performance in both men and women. Sexual dysfunction may involve loss of sexual desire, arousal, difficulty in maintaining arousal, painful intercourse, or difficulty in achieving orgasm. The factors responsible include stress, hormonal imbalance, use of antidepressants, menopause, and cancer treatments among others. The herbal components of ArginMax are thought to improve sexual satisfaction by increasing blood flow and by promoting muscle relaxation. Patients with hormone sensitive cancers should be careful as ginseng has estrogenic effects. The L-Arginine can make symptoms worse in people with asthma. It can also affect blood sugar therefore diabetics should be careful when using this product. Ginseng and ginkgo can cause interactions with other prescription drugs. ArginMax has not been studied in cancer patients.

  • Female Sexual Dysfunction
    A small study showed that ArginMax improved sexual satisfaction in women with sexual dysfunction
  • Erectile Dysfunction
    ArginMax improved the overall sex life in men with erectile dysfunction

Sexual dysfunction could be a result of other complex underlying physical, biological, or psychological disorders. Patients should consult and be monitored by a physician when using this product.

  • You are pregnant
  • You are nursing
  • You have diabetes (L-arginine may affect the blood sugar level)
  • You have asthma (L-arginine may worsen the symptoms)
  • You have hormone sensitive cancer (ginseng has estrogenic effects)
  • You are taking prescription drugs (the herbal components of ArginMax may interact with the drugs)
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For Healthcare Professionals

ArginMax is a nutritional supplement comprised of Gingko biloba, Panax ginseng, American Ginseng, Damiana, L-Arginine, Vitamins A, C, E, B-complex, Zinc and Selenium. It is being promoted to help both female sexual dysfunction and erectile dysfunction in men. Sexual dysfunction may involve loss of sexual desire, difficulty in maintaining arousal, painful intercourse, or difficulty in achieving orgasm. It can result from factors such as stress, hormonal imbalances, cancer treatment involving surgery, radiation, chemotherapy or hormone therapy, use of antidepressants, or menopause.
ArginMax is thought to enhance blood circulation and muscle relaxation resulting in increased sexual satisfaction. It was shown in pilot studies to improve sexual function in women with sexual dysfunction (1) (13) and in men with erectile dysfunction (2).
This product contains ginseng that was shown to have estrogenic effects (6) although there are conflicting data from another study (7).
L-Arginine may worsen symptoms in people with allergen-induced asthma (8) and reduce blood pressure (9). It may also affect blood sugar levels (10) and should be used with caution in patients with diabetes. ArginMax has not been studied in cancer patients.

  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Female sexual dysfunction

The main ingredient in ArginMax is L-Arginine, an essential amino acid and a precursor to nitric oxide that may modulate vaginal blood supply and smooth muscle relaxation (3). Ginsenoides, compounds present in Ginseng, have been shown to increase nitric oxide production (4). Gingko is believed to facilitate microvascular circulation (5). Damiana has been promoted as an aphrodisiac (11) but scientific evidence is lacking.

Sexual dysfunction could be a result of other complex underlying physical, biological, or psychological disorders. Patients should consult and be monitored by a physician when using this product.

  • Pregnancy
  • Nursing
  • Sensitivity to any of the constituents
  • Hormone sensitive cancer as ginseng has been shown to have estrogenic activity
  • Diabetes as L-Arginine may affect blood sugar levels (10)
  • Asthma as L-Arginine may worsen symptoms (8)
  • Anticoagulants: Ginkgo may have additive effects with blood thinning drugs while Ginseng can antagonize their effects.
  • Antihypertensive and Hypoglycemic drugs: L-arginine may have additive effects with antihypertensive (9) and hypoglycemic (10) drugs.

  1. Ito T, Kawahara K, Das A, Strudwick W. The effects of ArginMax, a natural dietary supplement for enhancement of male sexual function. Hawaii Med J 1998; 57(12):741-744.

  2. Murphy LL, Lee TJ. Ginseng, sex behavior, and nitric oxide. Ann N Y Acad Sci 2002; 962:372-377.

  3. Boelsma E, Lamers RJ, Hendriks HF, van Nesselrooij JH, Roza L. Evidence of the regulatory effect of Ginkgo biloba extract on skin blood flow and study of its effects on urinary metabolites in healthy humans. Planta Med 2004; 70(11):1052-1057.

  4. Gokce N. L-Arginine and hypertension. J Nutr 2004;134:2807S-2811S.

  5. Dennehy CE, Tsournounis, Miller AE. Evaluation of herbal dietary supplements marketed on internet for recreational use. Am Pharmacother 2005;39:1634-9.

  6. Product web site. www.arginmax.com . Accessed May 11, 2011.

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