Compare Proscar vs. Hytrin

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Proscar
(Finasteride)

Hytrin
(Terazosin)

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.Coming soon.
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Side effects
ProscarHytrin
  • Impotence 4%
  • Decreased libido 3%
  • Decreased volume of ejaculate 3%
  • Breast enlargement 1%
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How it works
ProscarHytrin
Proscar (Finasteride) blocks the action of 5-alpha-reductase, an enzyme responsible for changing testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Lower DHT levels prevents the prostate from growing.Coming soon.
Type of medication
ProscarHytrin
5-alpha reductase inhibitorPrescription only
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Available as
ProscarHytrin
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for (click to learn more)
ProscarHytrin
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia Hypertension
Risk factors for serious side effects
ProscarHytrin
    • Men age 55 or older
    • Women of childbearing age
    • Breast-feeding
    • Current liver problems
    • Men who are older
    • Taking medicines that cause sexual side effects
    • Medical conditions that cause sexual side effects
    Detailed Proscar (Finasteride) risks & warnings »
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    Pregnancy category
    ProscarHytrin
    XFDA pregnancy category (Unsafe)

    Research studies with real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

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    CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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    Alcohol
    No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
    Food
    • Take Proscar (Finasteride) once daily, about the same time each day, with or without food.
    No specific food-related info.
    Kidneys and liver
    No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
    Sex
    • Can cause a rash, the inability to get an erection, low sex drive, and reduced amount of sperm.
    • It’s not that common, but some people had sexual side effects that continued after they stopped taking Proscar (Finasteride) for BPH. Side effects included problems with erection and orgasm, low sex drive, and reduced amount of sperm. It was more likely to happen in older men, taking medicines that have sexual side effects, and had conditions that cause sexual problems.
    No specific sex-related info.
    Sleep
    No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
    Weight
    No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    ProscarHytrin
    • 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.
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    Downsides and risks
    ProscarHytrin
    • 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.
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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    ProscarHytrin
    • 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.
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