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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Sawpalmetto

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

Sawpalmetto Use to Minimize Androstnedione Efects
Question: I want to use saw palmetto to minimize side effects during taking androstnedione/-diol for better muscle growth. Does saw palmetto prevent, for example "bitch tits" caused from too much estrogen.

Answer: I've used it in many patients to block the effects of prostate enlargement with about 60% success. But, I don't know anything about blocking other effects of testerone. Currently, there is no clear medical understanding of why this preparation helps BPH-research in progress. I doubt you would have many problems with the drug;but, I'm not sure what you will use to decide if the drug is working.

Question: How do the effectiveness and side effects of saw palmetto versus hytrin compare?

Answer: They seem to work differently. So far, I haven't seen a combination of the two and there isn't much research on Saw Palmetto, although many patients have marked improvement in my practice. Saw palmetto generally has less side effects.

Question: I have started using Sawpalmetto in an attempt to reduce the size of my enlarged prostate. What is your medical opinion of Sawpalmetto?

Answer: Several of my patients have reported improvement in their BPH symptoms using sawpalmetto. I'm not aware of any controlled medical evidence, but it doesn't seem to be toxic. A trial seems appropriate.

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