What are the disadvantages of saw palmetto for BPH?

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Here are the cons of using saw palmetto to help treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH):
  • Need to discuss with doctor if taking finasteride (Proscar)
  • Evidence is limited; no randomized comparison studies or long-term studies
  • Takes four to six weeks to see effects
  • Not regulated by Food and Drug Administration (FDA); many products on market; cannot be completely sure of ingredients

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