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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Sawpalmetto
Sawpalmetto Use to Minimize Androstnedione Efects
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.
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.
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.