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A 59-year-old male asked:

I use flomax (tamsulosin) for bph. some doctors on your site say to use saw palmetto - some say not to use but to use super beta prostate. which is best and why?

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Eldridge Burns
31 years experience
Effects vary: Everyone is not the same, so one medication may work better for you than the rest. There are really two main types of medications to help with the prostate - one opens the urination channel more and the others primarily help actually shrink the prostate itself (helping flow). All men will have prostate (plumbing-type)troubles if we live long enough.
Dr. Jared Adams
12 years experience
Medical opinion: In the absence of solid evidence there are a variety of opinions. Feel free to try all three at different times and see what works best for you! you're the only one who can decide which one works best, balancing side effects and symptom relief, since everyone responds differently.
Dr. Ipe Kalathoor
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
BPH: There is no data on efficacy of saw palmetto or any other herbal medications for prostate hypertrophy. I would not recommend any medication without any data in this era of evidence-based medicine.
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Similar action: Saw palmetto is a natural product that actually has a version of the active ingredient in Finasteride (proscar)" a simolar drug to flomax, (tamsulosin) so may work as well. However, the dosing is very different in herbal products and the quality varies. Your physician can help you decide which product is best for you.

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