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Compare Proscar (Finasteride) to alternatives

These medications are comparable to Proscar (Finasteride) or used for similar purposes.

Proscar
(Finasteride)

Avodart
(Dutasteride)

Cardura
(Doxazosin)

Flomax
(Tamsulosin)

Hytrin
(Terazosin)

Jalyn
(Dutasteride / Tamsulosin)

Rapaflo
(Silodosin)

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.Improves BPH symptoms and lowers your sense of urgency to urinate. Avodart (Dutasteride) can be helpful in lowering BPH symtoms and delaying your need for surgery.Lowers blood pressure and makes it easier to urinate. For men, Doxazosin will help make it easier to urinate so that you're not getting up a lot at night. It's a last-choice treatment for high blood pressure.Makes it easier to urinate. Flomax (Tamsulosin) is a first-choice treatment for enlarged prostate, and it's available as a generic. However, it can cause changes in your sex drive and can take a while to kick in.Coming soon.Coming soon.Coming soon.
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Reviews for Cardura (Doxazosin)
38%
+9% vs. Proscar (Finasteride)
21%
8% vs. Proscar (Finasteride)
18%
+11% vs. Proscar (Finasteride)
Reviews for Flomax (Tamsulosin)
63%
+34% vs. Proscar (Finasteride)
44%
+15% vs. Proscar (Finasteride)
15%
+14% vs. Proscar (Finasteride)

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Side effects
ProscarAvodartCarduraFlomaxHytrinJalynRapaflo
  • Impotence 4%
  • Decreased libido 3%
  • Decreased volume of ejaculate 3%
  • Breast enlargement 1%
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  • Impotence 3%
  • Decreased libido 2%
  • Any side effect 1%
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  • Dizziness 10%
  • Fatigue/feeling unwelle/malaise 6%
  • Fatigue 6%
  • Drowsiness 4%
  • Inflammation inside the nose 2%
  • Swelling due to excess fluid 1%
  • Vision abnormal 1%
  • Vertigo 1%
  • Sexual dysfunction 1%
  • Pain 1%
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  • Inflammation inside the nose 10%
  • Dizziness 7%
  • Cough increased 3%
  • Infection 3%
  • Muscle weakness 3%
  • Back pain 2%
  • Sinus inflammation 2%
  • Drowsiness 2%
  • Nausea 1%
  • Tooth disorder 1%
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We haven’t found good data for Hytrin side effects.

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We haven’t found good data for Jalyn side effects.

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How it works
ProscarAvodartCarduraFlomaxHytrinJalynRapaflo
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.Avodart (Dutasteride) blocks the action of 5-alpha-reductase, an enzyme responsible for changing testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Lower DHT levels prevents the prostate from growing.Doxazosin is a selective alpha blocker. It relaxes the urethra and prostate, which makes it easier to urinate. It also lowers blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels.Flomax (Tamsulosin) is an alpha-1 blocker. It specifically targets and relaxes muscles in your prostate, which makes it easier to urinate.Coming soon.Coming soon.Coming soon.
Type of medication
ProscarAvodartCarduraFlomaxHytrinJalynRapaflo
5-alpha reductase inhibitorPrescription only
Genitourinary
5-alpha reductase inhibitor
Prescription only
Antihypertensive
Alpha blocker
Prescription only
Alpha blockerPrescription only
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Available as
ProscarAvodartCarduraFlomaxHytrinJalynRapaflo
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for (click to learn more)
ProscarAvodartCarduraFlomaxHytrinJalynRapaflo
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia Hypertension
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia - Lower urinary tract symptoms
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia
Risk factors for serious side effects
ProscarAvodartCarduraFlomaxHytrinJalynRapaflo
    • 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
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    Pregnancy category
    ProscarAvodartCarduraFlomaxHytrinJalynRapaflo
    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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    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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    BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

    Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

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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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    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.

    See the FDA package insert
    BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

    Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

    See the FDA package insert
    Alcohol
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    Food
    • Take Proscar (Finasteride) once daily, about the same time each day, with or without food.
    • Take Avodart (Dutasteride) at the same time every day, with or without food.
    • Take the extended release tablet with breakfast.
    • Take this 30 minutes after the same meal every day.
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    Kidneys and liver
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    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.
    • You might have a loss of sexual desire or arousal when you first start taking Avodart (Dutasteride).
    No specific sex-related info.
    • Can reduce sex drive.
    • Can cause changes in sex drive.
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    Sleep
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    Weight
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    Upsides and benefits
    ProscarAvodartCarduraFlomaxHytrinJalynRapaflo
    • 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.
    • Improves BPH symptoms, making it easier to urinate.
    • Patients taking Avodart (Dutasteride) in clinical trials had a 54-78% chance of seeing improvement in their symptoms.
    • If you're balding, Avodart (Dutasteride) can also help your hair grow back.
    • Most side effects go away after your body gets used to Avodart (Dutasteride).
    • Actually shrinks the size of your prostate, instead of only improving the symptoms like other BPH drugs (eg. Cardura or Hytrin).
    • Can be combined with Doxazosin (Cardura), an alpha-adrenergic antagonist, if your symptoms are more severe.
    • A first-choice treatment for enlarged prostate. Makes it easier to urinate.
    • First-choice medication for relieving the symptoms of an enlarged prostate.
    • Helps make urinating easier.
    • Available as a generic medication.
    • Also available in a combination form with another medication to treat more severe symptoms of an enlarged prostate.
    • Since it works only on the muscles around the prostate, it has fewer blood pressure and heart-related side effects than other medicines in the same class.
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    Downsides and risks
    ProscarAvodartCarduraFlomaxHytrinJalynRapaflo
    • 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.
    • Women who can get pregnant shouldn’t touch or handle Avodart (Dutasteride).
    • You need to take Avodart (Dutasteride) for at least 6 months before your prostate gets small enough for symptoms to improve.
    • Lowers your PSA level and can hide symptoms of prostate cancer.
    • Available as a generic medication.
    • A last-choice treatment for high blood pressure because other medicines are more effective at preventing heart disease. Your doctor might add it to a medicine you're already taking if your blood pressure is still too high.
    • Has to be taken the same time every day.
    • It can take up to one month to see the full effects of the medication.
    • Can reduce sex drive.
    • Flomax (Tamsulosin) can't be stopped suddenly, so you'll need to talk to your doctor about how to stop taking it safely.
    • It doesn't shrink the size of the prostate.
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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    ProscarAvodartCarduraFlomaxHytrinJalynRapaflo
    • 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.
    • Take Avodart (Dutasteride) at the same time every day, with or without food.
    • Hang in there since it can take up to 3 months before you notice improvements.
    • You might have a loss of sexual desire or arousal when you first start taking Avodart (Dutasteride).
    • Swallow the capsule whole and don't open it since the powder can irritate your mouth.
    • Women who can get pregnant shouldn’t touch Avodart (Dutasteride).
    • Tell your doctor if you notice an unusual rash, swelling in your mouth, tightness in your chest, or trouble breathing.
    • Can cause dizziness or fainting in the first few days.
    • Check your blood pressure 1 week after starting this medicine, and tell your doctor if it hasn't improved.
    • Can cause fatigue or headache.
    • Take the extended release tablet with breakfast.
    • You might need to check your blood pressure from time to time while taking this medicine.
    • If side effects don't go away, talk to your doctor about alternatives.
    • Take this 30 minutes after the same meal every day.
    • Can cause dizziness, muscle pain, headache and stuffy/runny nose.
    • Can cause changes in sex drive.
    • Don't stop taking this medication suddenly without talking to your doctor.
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