The main active component of this medication is Finasteride, which is a synthetic 4-azasteroid compound. It binds to and inhibits steroid type II 5-alpha-reductase in the prostate gland, liver, and skin, so as to interfere with the enzymatic conversion of testosterone to 5-dihydrotestosterone and reducing serum DHT levels. The decrease in serum DHT levels results in diminished stimulation of androgen receptors in the nuclei of prostate cells and, so, diminished prostate cell proliferation.
This given medicine is used to shrink an enlarged prostate i.e. benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH in adult men. Proscar might be used alone or taken in combination with other medications to reduce symptoms of BPH and may also reduce the need for surgery It may improve symptoms of BPH and provide benefits such as the lowered urge to urinate, better urine flow with less straining, less of a feeling that the bladder is not completely emptied, and decreased nighttime urination. This medication works by decreasing the amount of a natural body hormone (DHT) that causes the growth of the prostate. This medication is not approved for the prevention of prostate cancer.
This BPH treating medicine works by blocking the conversion of the hormone testosterone to the more potent hormone dihydrotestosterone. Proscar does this by blocking an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase. Dihydrotestosterone is partly responsible for making the prostate enlarge.
This effective medicine is available for oral consumption and in dosage as mentioned below:
- 5 mg: This tablet shall be taken exactly as prescribed by the doctor.
Common Side Effects
- Libido Changes
- Disorder Of Ejaculation
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Decrease Ejaculate Volume
- Hypersensitivity Drug Reaction
- Peripheral Edema
- Skin Rash
- High-Grade Prostate Cancer
- Pruritus Of Skin
- Testicular Pain
- Malignant Tumor Of Male Breast
- Orgasm Disorder
- Suicidal Ideation
- Seizure Disorder
- Muscle Weakness
Serious Side Effects
- Lump in the breast
- Nipple discharge
- Breast enlargement/tenderness/pain
- Pain in the testicles
- Inability to urinate
Serious Allergic Reaction To This Drug
- Severe dizziness
- Trouble breathing
Before using this drug, tell your doctor if you had:
Other Meds To Treat BPH
- If available, read the patient package insert
- Pregnant women must not handle broken tablets
- Not recommended in women or children
- Take at the same time every day
Women and children should not use this medication.
What is Proscar?
Proscar prevents the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body. DHT is involved in the development of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) condition.
What is Proscar used for?
Proscar is used to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in men with an enlarged prostate.
How to consume Proscar?
Take Proscar exactly as prescribed by the doctor. Do not take it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on prescription label.
What should be avoided while consuming Proscar?
Avoid getting up too fast from a sitting or lying position, or one might feel dizzy. Get up slowly and steady yourself to prevent a fall.
What other drugs will affect Proscar?
There may be other drugs that can interact with Proscar. Tell the doctor about all medications one might be using. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.