Do medications treat an enlarged prostate?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Certain herbal medications have shown some effectiveness in treating an enlarged prostate. The most popular is the palm plant saw palmetto, which some studies have shown to improve symptoms of enlarged prostate. However, other studies have concluded that it has no benefit, so further clarification is needed. Other herbal remedies that some people use to treat enlarged prostate include rye grass, stinging nettle, and an African bark called pygeum. Be sure to consult with your doctor before taking herbal remedies, since it's possible that they could have negative side effects or even react with other medications you're taking.

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