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Doctor insights on: Saw Palmetto And Gynecomastia

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How safe are DHT blocking products like propecia/finasteride/saw palmetto? Side efx like gynecomastia and libido loss... Are those common at all? Help.

How safe are DHT blocking products like propecia/finasteride/saw palmetto? Side efx like gynecomastia and libido loss... Are those common at all? Help.

Saw palmetto: Is an unregulated supplement that has bio-identical properties, but is not standardized. If you are concerned about male pattern baldness, try using minoxidil and finasteride. Side effects are uncommon but possible. Try them and monitor for side effects. You can stop if dissatisfied with results. Claims that effects are long lasting seem dubious.

Dr. Tom Pousti
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Gynecomastia (Definition)

Gynecomastia is enlargement of the breast tissue in male patients. A common reason for it is during the puberty. Other causes are secondary to hormonal imbalnce, liver function abnormality, side effect of certain medications or other drugs, excess alcohol consumption and sometimes unknown causes. It would be best to see a breast care provider to work up its causes and ...Read more


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I developed Gynecomastia 2 weeks ago from taking Saw Palmetto after a period of 4 days. How long will it take for my Gynecomastia to fully disappear.

I developed Gynecomastia 2 weeks ago from taking Saw Palmetto after a period of 4 days. How long will it take for my Gynecomastia to fully disappear.

Few weeks: Most of rapid onset gynecomastia due to accumulated tissue fluid which should be re-absorbed quite quickly after discontinuing Saw Palmetta. Mild permanent enlargement may occur.

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Will saw palmetto in my supplements worsen my gynecomastia? Should I stay away from it?

May do: Gynecomastia is a known side effect of saw palmetto. Wonder why someone as young as you is considering saw palmetto which is used for benign prostate enlargement causing urinary obstruction. You may need to consider breast reduction surgery if your enlargement is significant in spite of possible need for weight reduction/obesity treatment.

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I developed mild gynecomastia from taking Saw Palmetto during a period of 4 days to treat my hair loss. Can gynecomastia reverse on its own?

I developed mild gynecomastia from taking Saw Palmetto during a period of 4 days to treat my hair loss. Can gynecomastia reverse on its own?

It'll go away: It'll probably reverse or you can see about outpatient surgery. Saw palmetto isn't going to help your hair loss nearly as much as real medical or surgical treatment. Or you can decide to embrace your masculinity and your genetics and work on fitness instead. 95% of a man's looks is his athleticism, regardless of where he has hair, and you'll feel and be healthier. Photo Guy isn't complaining.

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How is saw palmetto when person has a foley?

How is saw palmetto when person has a foley?

Okay: This won't hurt. In many observational studies, this was thought to help with urine blockage. However, in a very large randomized trial funded by the nih it was shown to be no better than placebo. Consider an alpha-blocker such as doxazosin or tamsulosin instead. These are prescriptions with minimal side effects.

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Does saw palmetto cause impotence?

Does saw palmetto cause impotence?

Prostate treatment: Yes, possibly. All medications to treat prostate troubles except for antibiotics can affect the semen production and the libido.

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Does saw palmetto work as an anti-estrogen?

Does saw palmetto work as an anti-estrogen?

No: As it is unregulated by the fda men taking it for big prostates may find that the actual amount of the substance is quite variable from each manufacturer and from batch to batch. Do not waste your money using it as an antiestrogen - your physician can write for generic anastrazole if it is appropriate for you.

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Does saw palmetto lower, or otherwise affect testosterone?

Does saw palmetto lower, or otherwise affect testosterone?

Doesn't: Affect it one bit either way, or much else for that matter.

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Can taking saw palmetto relieve benign prostatic hypertrophy?

Can taking saw palmetto relieve benign prostatic hypertrophy?

Yes.: Does not hurt the person and has definite, albeit mild benefits. If I were on a medication for bph, I would take this supplement.

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My hair is losing in the sides. Does biotin or saw palmetto help?

My hair is losing in the sides. Does biotin or saw palmetto help?

Don't think it helps: One's primary care doctor can check for medical causes. If none are found, then one can see a dermatologist, especially one specializing in hair restoration (some treatments: minoxidil, finasteride, hair transplants, . ..). Medical causes may include: hormonal problems (low thyroid), seborrhea, alopecia areata, stressful illness. Other causes: genetic male/female pattern baldness, telogen effluvium.

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Can I take cipro (ciprofloxacin) and saw palmetto at the same time?

Can I take cipro (ciprofloxacin) and saw palmetto at the same time?

Yes: Saw Palmetto and cipro (ciprofloxacin) can both be taken together without interfering with the effect of each drug.

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Will taking Cialis & 150mg of saw palmetto herbal powder be ok and still have a healthy erection?

Will taking Cialis & 150mg of saw palmetto herbal powder be ok and still have a healthy erection?

Cialis and: Saw palmetto have no known interactions. Be aware, though, that evidence is mixed for saw palmetto's effectiveness, even in bph.

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Cycoscospy my diagnosis was cronic prostatitis im 26 weird huh perscribed flomax (tamsulosin) should I take saw palmetto as well at the same time?

Cycoscospy my diagnosis was cronic prostatitis im 26 weird huh perscribed flomax (tamsulosin) should I take saw palmetto as well at the same time?

Prostatitis: Prostatitis can occur at any age after puberty. Flomax (tamsulosin) will relax the prostate and make it easier to urinate but likely won't be needed long term as it is primarily used for BPH and you are too young for bph.

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Just had tumt for enlarged prostate with catheter for 3 days. How long should I keep taking the saw palmetto? And what is the soonest to resume sex?

Just had tumt for enlarged prostate with catheter for 3 days. How long should I keep taking the saw palmetto? And what is the soonest to resume sex?

Saw palmetto: There is little to no benefit from taking saw palmetto following surgical treatment for enlargement of the prostate. Save your money. Sex can generally be resumed within 10-14 days as long as it does not cause undue pain. There likely will be blood in the semen for some time.

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I have taken 2x80mg saw palmetto softgel capsules they feel like they went down the wrong way is it possible they could go into lungs or be a problem?

I have taken 2x80mg saw palmetto softgel capsules they feel like they went down the wrong way is it possible they could go into lungs or be a problem?

No: You would not be breathing now if they went into your lungs. By the way, saw palmetto is usually for older guys trying to control BPH- why are you taking them?

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I just stopped flomax (tamsulosin) after 2 years. Is it a problem if I take super beta prostate and saw palmetto at the same time? Would this be dangerous?

I just stopped flomax (tamsulosin) after 2 years. Is it a problem if I take super beta prostate and saw palmetto at the same time? Would this be dangerous?

Probably not: There shouldn't be a problem. However, just because quarterback joe likes it (and gets paid to be a shill for it) doesn't mean it works. I'd talk to my doctor and i'd be very careful about stopping Flomax (tamsulosin) and depending on unproven therapy.

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Dr. Tom Pousti
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Male Breast Enlargement (Definition)

Gynecomastia, or enlargement of the male breast gland, can be due to hormone, imabalances, medications, age, or genetics. It is a medically treatable condition - see a board-certified plastic surgeon for the different options. These can include liposuction, direct excision of the glandular tissue, and even excision of ...Read more


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Enlarged Male Breasts (Definition)

It is also called by some as Moobs (Man Boobs). During the puberty time many teenage boys develop breasts. But it goes away within three years in most of them. Also a few develop them due to hormone problems or overweight. The answer for that is ...Read more