The herb is generally well tolerated, with only non-specific symptoms reported, such as gastrointestinal upset, constipation, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. These minor complaints are generally resolved by taking the herb in association with meals.
No controlled studies are available and theoretical interactions are difficult to predict, due to the poorly understood nature of the herb’s mechanism of action.
FINASTERIDE (AND OTHER 5-ALPHA REDUCTASE INHIBITOR AGENTS)
Additive effect theoretically possible — potential beneficial effect, although the clinical significance is unknown.
Contraindications and Precautions
If symptoms of BPH worsen, blood is detected in the urine, or acute urinary retention occurs, professional reassessment is required.