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Finasteride - Proscar

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Proscar Profile:

Finasteride is used to treat urinary problems caused by enlargement of the prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH). In men with very enlarged prostates and mild to moderate symptoms Finasteride may decrease the severity of symptoms. Finasteride may also reduce the chance that surgery on the prostate will be needed.

Finasteride tablets may be crushed to make them easier to swallow. However, women who are or may become pregnant should not handle crushed Proscar tablets.

For patients taking this medicine for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH):

To help you remember to take your medicine, try to get into the habit of taking it at the same time each day.

Remember that this medicine does not cure BPH but it does help reduce the size of the prostate. Therefore, you must continue to take it if you expect to keep the size of your prostate down. You may have to take this medicine for at least 6 months to see the full effect. You may have to take this medicine for the rest of your life. Do not stop taking this medicine without first discussing it with your doctor.

This medicine helps to reduce urinary problems in men with BPH. In general, it is best to avoid drinking fluids, especially coffee or alcohol, in the evening. Then your sleep will not be disturbed by your need to urinate during the night.

For individuals taking this medicine for hair growth:

You may have to take this medicine for at least 3 months to see an effect. The effect will last only as long as the medicine continues to be used. The new hair will be lost within 1 year after Finasteride is stopped.

Proscar Dosing:

The dose of Finasteride will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average dose of Finasteride. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so:

For treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH):

Adults — 5 milligrams (mg) once a day.

For hair growth:

Adults — 1 mg once a day.

Missed dose of Proscar:

If you do miss a dose of Proscar, do not take the missed dose at all and do not double the next one. Instead, go back to your regular dosing schedule and check with your doctor.

Storage - To store Proscar:

  • Keep out of the reach of children.
  • Store away from heat and direct light.
  • Do not store in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down.
  • Keep the medicine from freezing. Do not refrigerate.
  • Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed. Be sure that any discarded medicine is out of the reach of children.

Proscar Side effects:

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

Less common:

Breast enlargement and tenderness; skin rash; or swelling of lips.

Breast enlargement and tenderness, skin rash and swelling of lips are more likely to occur with the 5 mg dose.

Other side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. The following side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. However, check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome:

Less common or rare:

Abdominal pain; back pain; decreased libido (decreased interest in sex); decreased volume of ejaculate (decreased amount of semen); diarrhea; dizziness; headache; or impotence (inability to have or keep an erection).

A decrease in the amount of semen during ejaculation should not affect your sexual performance and is not a sign of any change in fertility.

Incidence Unknown:

Testicular pain.

Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor.