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How long will it take to get saw palmetto into my system? I will be transitioning from flomax (tamsulosin). What is proper way to handle the transition time?

How long will it take to get saw palmetto into my system? I will be transitioning from flomax (tamsulosin). What is proper way to handle the transition  time?

Flomax (tamsulosin): Saw palmetto and Flomax (tamsulosin) are two different drugs which affect the prostate in different ways. Saw palmetto is a herb that acts like Finasteride and supposedly reduces the size of the prostate. Studies have shown very little effect of saw palmetto on the prostate. Flomax (tamsulosin) does not affect the size of the prostate, relaxes the smooth muscle of the prostate and its capsule and allows for better flow. ...Read more

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Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Tamsulosin (Definition)

Tamsulosin is the generic name for a very commonly used drug flomax (tamsulosin). Tamsulosin is indicated for patients who have symptoms of enlarged prostate , frequency, too many trips to the bath room. , slow flow , dribbling the medication relaxes the smooth muscles around the prostate and makes it easy to urinate it should be taken at bed time to avoid side effects .. Dizziness ...Read more


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Am on .4mg/day flomax (tamsulosin). Switching to saw palmetto. What is the best brand and strength to buy that will be strong enough to get me properly started?

Try beta prostate: You find this listed by searching google online. It has infinitely more of the components necessary for urinary tract functional health.Betasitosterol is the active ingredient and the substance needed for urinary tract health. ...Read more

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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?

Prostatitis: Prostatitis can occur at any age after puberty. Flomax (tamsulosin) will relax the prostate and make it easier to urinate but likely wont be needed long term as it is primarily used for BPH and you are too young for bph. ...Read more

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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?

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. ...Read more

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Using flomax (tamsulosin) for enlarged prostate. Do super beta and saw palmetto both shrink the prostate? Please be specific about benefits of each.

Using flomax (tamsulosin) for enlarged prostate. Do super beta and saw palmetto both shrink the prostate?  Please be specific about benefits of each.

Mo: Nothing that you mentioned shrinks the prostate. Flomax only relaxes the smoothe muscle component of the prostate. Otc products largely are ineffective. Prescription Proscar or Avodart (dutasteride) are the only drugs that actually shrink the prostate. ...Read more

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Am on .4mg/day flomax (tamsulosin). Switching to saw palmetto. Is finest nuitrition 450 (serenoa reopens) (fruit) a good brand to use for this transition?

Ask your pharmacist: Saw palmetto 150 mg and pygeum africanus 100 mg twice daily is an adequate daily dosing. Your pharmacist or herbal therapy provider should provide reliable brands. These chemicals are not fda regulated. ...Read more

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Going from flomax (tamsulosin) to finest nutrition extra strength. 4x prostate.It has 320mg saw palmetto, zinc, pygem, b-6. It says 1 a day. Can i take 2 if needed?

Going from flomax (tamsulosin) to finest nutrition extra strength. 4x prostate.It has 320mg saw palmetto, zinc, pygem, b-6. It says 1 a day. Can i take 2 if needed?

Waste of money: There is no good data on any of the expensive special mixes of "herbs and spices" in things like "4x prostate." but at least some snake oil salesman has a nice yacht. Note that there is good data that saw palmetto is not better than placebo. (for the record, I have nothing against the placebo effect). Follow this link to the cochrane database summary: http://goo.Gl/zkuqib. ...Read more

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Is it safe to stop flomax (tamsulosin) and replace it w saw palmetto g for benighn prostate enlargement.

Is it safe to stop flomax (tamsulosin) and replace it w saw palmetto g for  benighn prostate enlargement.

Changing treatment: Yes. It is safe. The only outstanding question would the saw palmetto be strong enough to treat your prostate hypertrophy. You will know within seven days after the change. ...Read more

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Was on .4mg flomax (tamsulosin) for bph. Stopping flomax (tamsulosin) and have started .320mg/day of saw palmetto. Is there any best time of day to take the 1 dose?

Not the same : Flomax (tamsulosin) is an fda approved medicine with known safety and efficacy. Saw palmetto has failed multiple controlled trials. You're welcome to take it; most supplements have a 20% placebo effect. ...Read more

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Was on flomax (tamsulosin) for bph. What is better saw palmetto or beta-sitosterol, and how many mg per day. What other ingredients should it have?

Was on flomax (tamsulosin) for bph. What is better saw palmetto or beta-sitosterol, and how many mg per day. What other ingredients should it have?

320 mg/day (s.p.): There is conflicting and contradictory research about the benefits of saw palmetto for prostate symptoms. Some research has shown that saw palmetto might modestly improve symptoms such as going to the bathroom at night in some men. But higher quality and more reliable research seems to indicate that saw palmetto has little or no benefit for reducing these symptoms. Any benefit is modest at best. ...Read more

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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?

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. ...Read more

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28 and diagnosed with prostate enlargement, having urinary retention.Taking one table of tamsulosin once a day .Is ok if taking saw palmetto with it?

28 and diagnosed with prostate enlargement, having  urinary retention.Taking one table of tamsulosin once a day .Is ok if taking saw palmetto with it?

OK but ineffective: Traditional herbal medicine take for wide spectrum of conditions. Well conducted clinical trials have demonstrated saw palmetto to be no more effective than placebo for treating effects of prostate enlargement. Thus likely will neither harm or help. ...Read more

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Tamsulosin makes my husband anxiuos, depressed and almsot paranoid. Can we stop for a few days and try saw palmetto during the stop period. Alternate?

Tamsulosin makes my husband anxiuos, depressed and almsot paranoid.  Can we stop for a few days and try saw palmetto during the stop period. Alternate?

Go see your/his doc: Any one with side effects to medication needs to inform prescribing physician and ask about alternatives whether dietary supplements, otc or prescription medications. Recent studies show no benefit from saw palmetto against enlarged prostate. Pygeum might be useful. But all this needs to be discussed w/his doctor. Perhaps other coincidental issues causing "side effects" need to be addressed. ...Read more

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On .4mg flomax (tamsulosin) per day for bph. Can i get myself in trouble if i don't wean from flomax (tamsulosin) to saw palmetto? Pharmacist said slowly decrease flomax (tamsulosin) 1 mo.

Flomax (tamsulosin) : There is no particular benefit from "weaning" from Alpha blocker therapy. I would say that the benefit from otc saw palmetto is not likely to be anywhere close to that of prescription strength tamsulosin. ...Read more

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Was on flomax (tamsulosin) for bph. Is a mix of saw palmetto .320mg and bets-sitosterol 100mg, pumpkin seed, corn silk, pygeum a good mix for enlarged prostate?

See below: There is conflicting and contradictory research about the benefits of supplements for prostate symptoms. Saw palmetto most studied. Despite much anecdotal evidence suggesting benefit(s) from the supplements you mention, high quality and more reliable research seem to indicate that these supplements have little or no benefit for reducing bph-related symptoms. Very high placebo response. ...Read more

Flomax (Definition)

Tamsulosin is an anti-BPH agent which is a ...Read more