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.

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

Not likely. In practice there are few if any issues with stopping Flomax (tamsulosin) cold. However, saw palmetto has been shown to be no better than placebo at relieving urinary symptoms. There is little reason to take saw palmetto given this information. Read more...
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...
Short answer is: No. Over time there can be some habituation to Alpha blockers (like flomax), but frequently when stopped suddenly, patients will note they are more aware of symptoms. Saw palmetto is a herbal preparation and there are no studies showing that it is better than placebo, but there are many anecdotal reports from patients that they are helpful. Read more...
No. There is no need to wean the Flomax (tamsulosin) if you want to stop taking it. However, you may not have the same benefits in symptom reduction from the saw palmetto as the flomax (tamsulosin). A recent well designed study found that there was no improvement in symptom reduction by saw palmetto compared to a placebo ( sugar pill). Read more...