Proscar (finasteride) is prescribed to help shrink an enlarged
The prostate, a chestnut-shaped gland present in males, produces a
liquid that forms part of the semen. This gland completely encloses
the upper part of the urethra, the tube through which urine flows
out of the bladder. Many men over age 50 suffer from a benign (noncancerous)
enlargement of the prostate. The enlarged gland squeezes the
urethra, obstructing the normal flow of urine. Resulting problems
may include difficulty in starting urination, weak flow of urine,
and the need to urinate urgently or frequently. Sometimes surgical
removal of the prostate is necessary.
By shrinking the enlarged prostate, Proscar may alleviate the
various associated urinary problems, making surgery unnecessary.
Some doctors are also prescribing Proscar for baldness and as a
preventive measure against prostate cancer.
men have different responses to Proscar:
experience early relief from your urinary problems.
need to take Proscar for 6 months or even a year before noticing
Or you may find
that, even after a year of treatment, Proscar simply has not helped
Proscar, manufactured by
MSD, contains 5 mg finasteride. Proscar comes in multiples of
effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity,
inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can
determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Proscar.
effects may include:
Decreased amount of semen per ejaculation, decreased sex drive,
No significant drug
interactions have been reported.
The recommended dosage, for men
only, is one 5-milligram tablet per day.
specific information is available, any medication taken in excess
can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Proscar,
seek medical attention immediately.
Proscar comes as a tablet to take by mouth.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If
it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you
missed and go back to your regular schedule. Never take 2
doses at once.
enlargement of the prostate is not the only condition that can cause
male urinary inefficiency and discomfort. Other possibilities
include infection, obstruction, cancer of the prostate, and bladder
disorders. Before prescribing Proscar, your doctor will want to do
various tests to determine the cause of your urinary problems.
Proscar does relieve your urinary symptoms, periodic checkups are
necessary to test for possible development of cancer of the prostate.
Proscar is not an effective treatment for prostate cancer.
should never be taken by a woman or a child.
Do not take
Proscar if you are sensitive to finasteride or have ever had an
allergic reaction to it.
Store Proscar away from direct light and heat.
Store in a dry location; avoid storing it in the bathroom, near
sinks, or other areas where it may become damp. Do not use Proscar after the expiration date. Keep
away from children; both when storing it, and when discarding any
should never be taken by a woman.
absorbed by a pregnant woman who is carrying a male fetus, Proscar
may cause abnormal development of the unborn baby's genital organs.
Any woman who is pregnant or who may become pregnant should
therefore never even touch a crushed Proscar tablet.
never be taken by a child
The recommended dosage, for men only,
is one 5-milligram tablet per day.
This document is provided for information only. It is not a substitute
for consultation with a physician, either to diagnose symptoms
or prescribe treatment. Any dosages mentioned are general
guidelines only, please follow the directions of your doctor exactly when taking
Proscar. We have made
every effort to ensure that this information is accurate,
but only your doctor can say if Proscar, or a drug combination,
is safe for you. It should not be construed to indicate that
to order and use Proscar is safe, appropriate, or effective
for you. Consult your healthcare professional before you
order Proscar online.