Proscar

(finasteride)

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Improves prostate symptoms and lowers your urge to urinate.

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Proscar (finasteride) reduces prostate size and relieves symptoms of enlarged prostate, but can cause a loss of sexual desire or arousal when you first start taking this medication.

Quick facts about Proscar
  • Drug class: Men's health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (finasteride)
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Upsides

  • In studies, Proscar (finasteride) improved prostate symptoms during the first year of taking it. This effect continued for another 5 years. Proscar (finasteride) also lowered the need for prostate-related surgery.
  • Improves symptoms, making it easier to urinate.
  • Can be used alone or in combination with doxazosin (Cardura) to further help improve symptoms.
  • Proscar (finasteride) is generally well tolerated. Side effects usually have been mild and temporary.
  • Available as a generic.

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Downsides

  • You need to take Proscar (finasteride) for at least 6 months before your prostate gets small enough for symptoms to improve.
  • You cannot donate blood while using this drug nor for 1 month after stopping.
  • This drug may increase the risk of a type of prostate cancer.
  • Proscar (finasteride) may lower sperm counts in men, but they remained within the normal range and this side effect was reversible once Proscar (finasteride) was stopped.
  • Although uncommon, some people had sexual side effects that included problems with erection, orgasm, and low sex drive.

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How it works

Proscar (finasteride) slows the development and enlargement of the prostate gland.

Quick facts about Proscar
  • Drug class: Men's health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (finasteride)

Dosage forms

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What to expect when you take Proscar (finasteride) for Enlarged prostate

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Side effect rates for Proscar (finasteride)

From 1505 clinical trials of Proscar when taken for enlarged prostate (5 mg/day)
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Low blood pressure upon changes in posture
  • Dizziness
  • Abnormal ejaculation
  • Weakness
  • Abnormal sexual function
  • Headache
  • Drowsiness
  • Enlarged male breasts

Risks and Warnings for Proscar (finasteride)

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  • Pregnant women or females of childbearing age should never handle crushed or broken tablets of Proscar (finasteride) because it can cause serious birth defects in the unborn baby. Proscar (finasteride) is not approved for use in children.

Common concerns from people taking Proscar (finasteride)

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  • Take with or without food.