What is Proscar?
Proscar contains finasteride, which is a medicine that reduces the activation of testosterone. Testosterone stimulates the prostate to grow. The prostate is a gland located at the base of a man’s bladder. An enlarged prostate can compress the urethra and cause urinary problems. Proscar works by shrinking the prostate, allowing urine to flow freely past the prostate and relieve urinary symptoms.
What is it used for?
Proscar is used to treat urinary problems caused by an enlargement of the prostate, a condition also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Symptoms include the following:
- Increased need to urinate, also in the night;
- Involuntary discharge of urine (incontinence);
- Passing small amounts of urine and dribbling of urine after urination;
- An interrupted urinary stream;
- A weak urinary stream.
Prostate and urinary problems are particularly common in older men. Proscar treats the condition at the source.
How to use Proscar
Proscar should be taken daily at the same time each day with some liquid. Proscar is available in convenient calendar packs marked with the days of the week to avoid confusion. It can take some time before the effect of Proscar is noticed. Do not stop using it even if you do not see results immediately. Consult your doctor if the symptoms have not improved after several months as you may need to switch to a different course of treatment.
Unless otherwise prescribed by your doctor, the usual dose is one 5 mg-tablet, once daily.
If you have forgotten to take a dose of Proscar you may take it as soon as you remember, unless it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Never take a double dose to make up for the forgotten one.
Proscar may cause side effects. The most commonly reported side effects include:
- Sexual dysfunction (decreased sex drive, impotence);
- Tenderness of the testicles;
- Breast tenderness or swelling.
See package leaflet for a full list of possible side effects.
When not to use Proscar
Proscar is not suitable for everyone and should not be used:
- In women;
- If you and your partner are trying for a baby. The active ingredient in Proscar passes into semen and could seriously harm the development of an unborn child. That is why your partner should not be exposed to this medicine through unprotected sex.
- If you are allergic to finasteride or any other ingredient in Proscar.
Proscar interacts with other medicines, such as some medicines for HIV and AIDS. Make sure to mention what other medicines you are taking during the online consultation.