What is Saw palmetto?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: Prostate Defense Prostate Guard

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See also: Permixon SP-16-Prostate

Saw palmetto, also known as Serenoa repens and Sabal serrulata, is often used for symptoms associated with benign prostatic hypertrophy (enlargement of the prostate).

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 6 1
Benign prostatic hyperplasia 5 2
Acne 1 3
Acne breakout 1 3
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 1 0

Show all 11 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 0
None 8

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Saw palmetto

Side effect Patients
Anticipatory anxiety 1
Dizziness with hypotension upon standing 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Saw palmetto

Dosage Patients
35 mL every 3 months 1
160 mg twice daily 1
daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Saw palmetto

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 4
Course of treatment ended 1
Did not seem to work 1
Personal research 1
See all 6 patients who've stopped taking Saw palmetto

Duration

Currently taking Saw palmetto

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 1

Stopped taking Saw palmetto

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 8
Usually 1
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 8
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 7
Not specified 2
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2 patient evaluations for Saw palmetto

Feb 18, 2016 (Started May 10, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for acne breakout)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for acne)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 tablet(s) Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 1, 2012 (Started May 10, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for acne)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 13, 2012 (Started May 10, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for acne)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1000 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 30, 2009 (Started Jun 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Prostate health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: I read on PLM then other various websites that Saw Palmetto can increase immune response. I had noticed little if any benefit from taking it, and I have had a small MS exacerbation recently. Therefore I have decided not to take it for now.

  • 0 helpful marks
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