Saw Palmetto and aFib

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After taking saw palmetto for prostrate maintenance for decades, I stopped taking it after being advised by a pharmacist that it was a bleed risk when taking anticoagulants. I discussed this with my EP and although he could not find anything wrong with taking it, he said  if I wanted to take the pharmacist recommendation that was fine too. Being the cautious type, I stopped the saw palmetto.

My PCP then prescribed Flomax, but I discovered it was causing arrhythmia and aFib events, so I stopped taking it. 

I am now on Tikosyn and Pradaxa (changing to Eliquis soon) and am considering resuming saw palmetto and am interested in anyone who may have experience in this regard, 

Patrick

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    Curious why you are switching from Pradaxa to Eliquis. Pradaxa has a reversal agent and Eliquis doesn't. I'm on Xerelto which also doesn't have a reversal agent and thinking about Pradaxa. Interesting about Flomax as a trigger. Too many triggers for afib!!!

    Jim

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      Hi Jim,

      Economics. Eliquis costs me a third of the price of Pradaxa. My EP prescribed Pradaxa out of concern of a possible fall during my daily bike rides, but now the FDA has approved a reversal agent for Eliquis that will be released soon. Pretty sure I read it will work for Xarelto as well, but you can Google it as they don’t like links posted here.

      Regarding the cost, your insurance may be different as one lady told me hers was just the opposite of mine and Eliquis would cost her 3x the cost of Pradaxa. Weird, huh?

      Patrick

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    Hi Patrick, I have taken both Saw Palmetto and Warfarin for about eight months with no ill effects. Have you managed to find any other supporting evidence for your Pharmacist’s statement? Does anyone else have a view?

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       Thanks for your response. If you Google it, you can find supporting documentation for just about anything. I have found statements that Saw Palmetto is not recommended while taking blood thinners but my EP found nothing wrong, which is why I will resume saw palmetto after seeing him this week. Still interested in any other experiences and still interested in any experiences here related to Saw Palmetto and blood thinners. 
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    Thank you for the information about the Eliquis.  My only bad side effect has been extremely tired but unable to sleep well at night.  Go figure!  I'm happy to hear there will be an antidote!

     

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