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What are the side effects of saw palmetto?

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Side effects are uncommon and typically mild. The most common are:

  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Bad breath
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting

Men taking saw palmetto have also reported erection problems, testicular pain, and tenderness in the breasts.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Saw Palmetto: Background.”

Winchester Hospital (Massachusetts): “Health Library: Saw Palmetto.”

Longe, J., ed. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, second edition, 2004.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: "About Herbs: Saw Palmetto."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Herbs at a Glance: Saw Palmetto."

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "Saw Palmetto."

The Journal of Urology: “A Prospective, 1-Year Trial Using Saw Palmetto Versus Finasteride in the Treatment of Category III Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Carmelita Swiner on November 18, 2020

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Saw Palmetto: Background.”

Winchester Hospital (Massachusetts): “Health Library: Saw Palmetto.”

Longe, J., ed. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, second edition, 2004.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: "About Herbs: Saw Palmetto."

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Herbs at a Glance: Saw Palmetto."

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "Saw Palmetto."

The Journal of Urology: “A Prospective, 1-Year Trial Using Saw Palmetto Versus Finasteride in the Treatment of Category III Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Carmelita Swiner on November 18, 2020

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