Improves prostate symptoms. Proscar (Finasteride) works well for mild to moderate symptoms of BPH. When men have more severe symptoms, it can be combined with doxazosin or other medicines for added benefits.
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› Proscar (Finasteride) is processed by the liver. If you have liver problems, you may need a different dose to prevent increased risk for side effects.
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Upsides and benefits
› It's an option for men who have symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and either don’t want surgery or aren’t good candidates it.
› In studies, Proscar (Finasteride) improved BPH symptoms during the first year of taking it. This effect continued for another 5 years.
› Men taking Proscar (Finasteride) have less difficulty urinating and don't need BPH-related surgery as often as others.
› Can be combined with doxazosin, an alpha-adrenergic antagonist, if your symptoms are more severe. Using both together can improve symptoms and improve BPH symptoms.
Downsides and risks
› Women who can get pregnant shouldn’t handle broken tablets. Proscar (Finasteride) tablets are coated and prevent contact with the active medicine unless they split or break.
› You need to take Proscar (Finasteride) for at least 6 months before your prostate gets small enough for symptoms to improve.
› Can cause a rash, the inability to get an erection, low sex drive, and reduced amount of sperm.
› Proscar (Finasteride) can cause PSA levels to decrease to about 50% of what it was before you started the medication. This will be considered your new starting point for PSA testing and any PSA tests you have will be compared to this going forward.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
› Take Proscar (Finasteride) once daily, about the same time each day, with or without food.
› Women who can get pregnant shouldn’t touch Proscar (Finasteride) tablets.
› If you’re taking Proscar (Finasteride) with doxazosin, you can take both at the same time or take the doxazosin closer to bedtime to avoid dizziness.