Even though less information is available about the best way to dose herbal supplements, compared to prescription or non-prescription medications, most studies of saw palmetto for an enlarged prostate used similar doses. Based on these studies, a standard dose can be recommended.
(Click Saw Palmetto Dosage for more information.)
Many people believe that "natural" products, such as saw palmetto, have no side effects. However, many natural products cause side effects, some of which can be quite serious. Saw palmetto can cause side effects such as:
(Click Saw Palmetto Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Saw palmetto may interact with a few other medications or supplements (see Saw Palmetto Drug Interactions).
The supplement is probably safe for many people at reasonable doses for short periods of time. However, some people may be more likely to experience problems than others. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider before taking saw palmetto if you:
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Saw Palmetto and Pregnancy)
- Are breastfeeding (see Saw Palmetto and Breastfeeding)
- Have an upcoming surgery
- Have any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Saw Palmetto Safety for more information, including any available warnings and precautions.)