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User Reviews for Saw palmetto

Also known as: Prostate SR

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Condition Avg. Rating Reviews Compare
Herbal Supplementation 6.7
4 reviews 22 medications
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia 6.3
11 reviews 15 medications

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Reviews for Saw palmetto

Cdur · Taken for less than 1 month July 2, 2020

For Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: “Please DO NOT take Saw Palmetto. After a month of taking it I completely lost my libido, got decreased penile sensation to the grade that I put a piece of ice from the freezer onto my penis and feel absolutely nothing. No morning erections anymore, penis has lost the full size, no arousal, watching porn is like watching news. I’m in a constant strong pelvic pain. It’s been a year and seems like things are getting even worse. Since then I suffer anxiety and severe anhedonia. After I did a research I found out thousands of men affected the same way after taking this supplement. Saw palmetto is also used for a chemical castration. All 5-alpha reductase inhibitors are nasty drugs. The condition is called PFS (Post Finasteride Syndrome) as mechanism of action and side effects are the same. When I found a forum with PFS affected men I was shocked of how severe this can be. DO NOT take Saw Palmetto!”

1 / 10
jack May 9, 2020

For Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: “I have been using Saw Palmetto for 1 month. I can now urinate completely fine now. I was taking a prescription prior to this and have completely stopped the Tamsulosin.”

10 / 10
Jupitron · Taken for less than 1 month February 18, 2020

For Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: “Two week ago began Saw Palmetto 500 mg a day. Within 24 hours there was progressive improvement in EVERYTHING urinary.... so that in one week: urine volume increased stream further no terminal dribbling no longer waking up at night to pee no double voiding BUT I developed burping and an ache in the pit of my stomach. There was also an ill-defined near-nausea and fatigue. Stopped the saw palmetto and was much better in four days but my obstructive urinary symptoms returned.”

8 / 10
ted · Taken for 1 to 6 months November 23, 2019

For Herbal Supplementation: “I took saw palmetto for SSRI Sexual Dysfunction. I had been having difficulty maintaining an erection after a little over 1 month on sertraline when my dose was increased from 50-100mg this supplement helped me get harder in a dosage of 160-320 mg”

8 / 10
CJ November 6, 2019

For Herbal Supplementation: “I have been using saw palmetto for a year and four months. When starting saw palmetto my hair loss has reversed and new hairs are appearing and I do believe saw palmetto has really help. But if I didn't improve the blood flow to my scalp by massaging daily. I don't think it would have done anything because if you have poor blood flow to the hairs that are thinning. The hairs will not be able to grow and the dht blocking effect of saw palmetto would not take place. I have gone from an norwood 3 to a norwood 2.5. It is huge the difference when I compared a year and after photos. The only side effects I have sometimes is joint aches. I did a half marathon 4 months ago and the aches and joint pain were worse because of the saw palmetto I believe. And it made my depression I had back then was two times worse. But I have picked myself up since then and I feel fine. I think with time your body adapts to the herb. Make sure you research the risks of saw palmetto before you start taking it daily.”

9 / 10
Pete April 12, 2018

For Herbal Supplementation: “Caused erectile dysfunction...no more morning erections ”

3 / 10
arveejay August 29, 2017

For Urinary Frequency: “I took this for 1 week and stopped. After 5 days my knees were in severe pain, then my elbows were extremely sore. Now my wrists are so sore I can barely even pick up a cup of coffee. Since stopping it, the only pain I currently have is my wrists, I'm only hoping the pain will soon go away also. I am over 60 and should have read about possible side effects before buying it.”

1 / 10
StephenD80 December 10, 2016

For Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: “I took many drugs and tried with different remedies but the only thing that actually helped me was a supplement named alpharise, it has zinc, saw palmetto, B9.”

2 / 10
sp2000 October 29, 2016

For Herbal Supplementation: “Please don't use saw palmetto. It is not a treatment. It is a poison. After using for few months I got very sick, like hitting a strong flu. My whole body ache, my joints ache , my appetite gone.I am 100% impotent and have got gynecomestia. Due to the damage to my body I have lost my job too. Many years have passed by but I am suffering like the day one.”

PaulRevere · Taken for 10 years or more January 30, 2016

For Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: “I've been taking saw palmetto for 16 years. I started with Nature's Sunshine (the very best) but now take Swanson just because it is cheaper. It works for me as well, despite the negative reviews. I take two capsules with breakfast and two capsules late in the evening with a snack. It does wonders for urinary stream size and for diminishing the feeling that you need to urinate. From experience, and from research, I can vouch that it does four other things as well. 1) It increases circulation, and like all herbs that increase circulation, it does thin the blood slightly so do not take it if you are on a blood thinner unless the doctor gives you permission to take saw palmetto and less blood thinner. 2) It is a diuretic. 3) It helps prevent baldness by hindering testosterone from turning into dihydrotestosterone. 4) Believe it or not, it also helps with sleep. ”

10 / 10
bptr July 29, 2015

For Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: “I believe that the people having side effects from Saw Palmetto are actually having side effects from the solvents used in extracting the active ingredients in manufacturing. Solvents such as Hexane leave residue and are extreme toxic. Only Saw Palmetto extracted using high-pressure carbon dioxide should be consumed. This is the safest method known.”

6 / 10
Louiesplace · Taken for 5 to 10 years October 26, 2012

For Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: “Doing well on 450mg capsules, and on a teaspoon of bulk powder in a 10 oz. cup of green tea with lemon juice added.”

9 / 10
pjc33 June 5, 2011

For Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: “I actually had really good results with 1000 mg of saw palmetto once a day. My hair loss appeared to reverse itself noticeably. My somewhat swollen prostate issue decreased. I didn't have any sexual side effects. But about 3 weeks into the use, I developed a horrible rash one my belly and my back. It stayed with me until I stopped using saw palmetto and then it disappeared within about 3 days. I kept using the saw palmetto for an additional 2 months before stopping it.”

Anonymous January 15, 2011

For Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: “Saw Palmetto works well, but has an unfortunate and often unrecognized side effect. The recommended dose will cause very painful finger joints with extended use. Most users think it is simply their arthritis getting worse, as most patients are older men who are subject to arthritis anyway. A blend containing stinging nettle seems to cause less problems, in this respect.”

Helpmom221 January 25, 2010

For Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: “A lot cheaper than Flomax. Works great if taken regularly. ”

9 / 10
Anonymous August 7, 2009

For Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: “I tried Saw Palmetto for approximately 2 years for a mild urinary problem - slow start, weak, intermittent stream, up 2-3 times per night. It didn't take care of the problem, but seemed to help some. As time went on, I increased the dose from 1,000 to 2,000 mg/day to achieve the same amount of relief. I tried stopping altogether and my problem got worse. Overall, I would say Saw Palmetto helps a little and may be worth a try - at least there are no side effects.”

2 / 10