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.

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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.

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...

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...

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...

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?

Who knows? I think it is important to understand that supplements and herbal remedies differ from traditional medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, in that, by law, they are not required by the government to have the same rigorous standards of proving that they are safe and effective by the fda. As long as a product has a disclaimer that it does not claim to treat any illness, the company selling it is basically able to make many claims regarding what the product can do. These products may well be effective and safe (although i would not spend my money on them unless they had data showing that they are indeed safe and effective), but they may not be. Also, interactions with medications you take for other conditions may occur, and there is no way of knowing this 100%. I would advise caution. Additionally, be aware that there are a great many products out there offering "male enhancement" or "improved sexual performance". None of these products are regulated by the fda, and none have shown any data proving their safety or efficacy. Despite this, many of the companies manufacturing these products make a great deal of money. I think a good rule of thumb is, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Read more...
Better not to. To double dose of the alternative meds will not give you twice the responce it may cause more side effects. Read more...
Can u or should u? I agree wholeheartedly w/dr. Tillet's well written answer (although I have no idea how he got around 400 character limit!). More importantly, do be aware that a study published 2yrs ago in jama found no benefit from saw palmetto at double & even triple standard dosing (http://alvinblin.Blogspot.Com/2011/09/saw-palmetto-doesnt-improve-prostate.Html) so 2, even 3 tabs, are unlikely to help you. Read more...
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...
Here are some ... Your profile suggests you're near freneticness by loading up more prostate-health-related drugs and supplements than imaginable. Does this help you? Mentally,yes, but in reality, not. Since you're such a health-conscious man or devotee, please take time to peruse few articles in http://formefirst.com/FreeInfoProstate.html and http://formefirst.com/eBlogList.html. I wish you be helped as others. Read more...

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...
Treatment BPH. There is no danger in using those supplements together the main question is if they are working. I tell my patients that it is not that I do not believe in supplements, but there is no good data to jusfity if they work. Read more...

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?

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. Read more...
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. Read more...
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. Read more...
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...