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What are some side effects and cautions associated with the use of saw palmetto?

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Saw palmetto may cause mild side effects, including stomach discomfort.

Some men using saw palmetto have reported side effects such as tender breasts and a decline in sexual desire.

Tell your health care providers about any herb or dietary supplement you are using, including saw palmetto. This helps to ensure safe and coordinated care.

From: Saw Palmetto WebMD Medical Reference

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Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Saw palmetto." 

Natural Standard Database: "Saw palmetto ( [Bartran] Small)." Serenoa repens

"Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens)." In Coates P, Blackman M, Cragg G, et al., eds. , Marcel Dekker, 2005. Encyclopedia of Dietary Supplements

De Smet P. 2002; vol 347(25): pp 2046-2056. New England Journal of Medicine,

National Cancer Institute: "The Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test: Questions and Answers."

"Saw palmetto berry." In Blumenthal, M, Goldberg, A, Brinckman, J, eds. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2000. Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs,

Bent S., . 2006; vol 354(6): pp 557-566. New England Journal of Medicine

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 29, 2017

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SOURCES:

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Saw palmetto." 

Natural Standard Database: "Saw palmetto ( [Bartran] Small)." Serenoa repens

"Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens)." In Coates P, Blackman M, Cragg G, et al., eds. , Marcel Dekker, 2005. Encyclopedia of Dietary Supplements

De Smet P. 2002; vol 347(25): pp 2046-2056. New England Journal of Medicine,

National Cancer Institute: "The Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test: Questions and Answers."

"Saw palmetto berry." In Blumenthal, M, Goldberg, A, Brinckman, J, eds. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2000. Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs,

Bent S., . 2006; vol 354(6): pp 557-566. New England Journal of Medicine

 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 29, 2017

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