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Proscar (Finasteride) 5mg Tablets - Proscar belongs to a group of medicines called 5-alpha reductase inhibitors. It works by shrinking the enlarged prostate gland in men.
What does Proscar do?
What does Proscar do?
Proscar lowers levels of a hormone called DHT (dihydrotestosterone), which is a cause of prostate growth. Lowering DHT leads to shrinkage of the enlarged prostate gland in most men. This can lead to gradual improvement in urine flow and symptoms over the next several months. Proscar will help reduce the risk of developing a sudden inability to pass urine and the need for surgery related to an enlarged prostate. However, since each case of BPH is different, you should know that:
Why do I need to Take Proscar?
Your doctor has prescribed ‘Proscar’ for you because you have a condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH. Your prostate gland, which is near your bladder, has become bigger and is making it more difficult for you to pass urine.
‘Proscar’ helps to shrink the enlarged prostate and relieves your symptoms. ‘Proscar’ will help reduce the risk of you developing a sudden inability to pass urine (known as acute urinary retention) and the need for surgery.
The enlargement of the prostate gland, which often occurs in men with advancing age (benign prostatic hyperplasia), is dependent upon testosterone being converted to DHT within the prostate gland. In the absence of DHT the prostate shrinks. Therefore, by decreasing the amount of DHT, finasteride helps shrink the prostate.
What is the prostate?
The prostate gland is found only in men and lies at the top of the tube connecting the bladder to the outside (urethra). Enlargement of the prostate causes it to press on the urethra and bladder and can cause urinary symptoms such as poor flow of urine. By shrinking the prostate, finasteride relieves the pressure on the bladder and urethra. This allows urine to flow freely past the prostate and relieves the urinary symptoms.
What is BPH?
BPH is a benign enlargement of the prostate gland which is common in men over 50 years old. Because the prostate is close to the bladder and surrounds part of the urethra, its enlargement may affect your ability to urinate. You may experience symptoms such as a need to urinate often, especially at night, a feeling that you must urinate right away, difficulty in starting to urinate, a weak or interrupted urinary stream, or a feeling that you cannot empty your bladder completely. In some men, BPH can lead to serious problems, including urinary tract infections, and a sudden inability to pass urine at all as well as the need for surgery. For this reason, a man with symptoms of BPH should see his doctor.
Proscar (Finasteride) 5mg Tablets - You should take your tablets exactly as your doctor has told you. The dose is one tablet containing 5 mg finasteride to be taken by mouth once a day with or without food.
In order to treat your symptoms and control your BPH effectively, it is important that you continue to take ‘Proscar’ for as long as your doctor prescribes, even if you do not feel an immediate benefit. Some patients show early improvement in symptoms, but you may need to take ‘Proscar’ for at least six months to see if it improves your symptoms. ‘Proscar’ works best when taken long term.
Your doctor may prescribe ‘Proscar’ along with another medicine called doxazosin to help you control your BPH.
Proscar (Finasteride) 5mg Tablets - Do not take these tablets if you are allergic to any of the ingredients.
The condition for which ‘Proscar’ is prescribed occurs only in men. The tablets must not be taken by women or by children
‘Proscar’ can affect a blood test called PSA. If you have a PSA test done, tell your doctor that you are taking ‘Proscar’.
If the active ingredient in ‘Proscar’ is absorbed by a woman who is pregnant with a male baby, it may affect the normal development of the baby’s sex organs. Therefore, women who are or may potentially be pregnant, should not be exposed to ‘Proscar’. They should not take ‘Proscar’. In addition, they should not handle broken or crushed tablets or be exposed to the drug through sexual contact with a man taking ‘Proscar’. Therefore, if your sexual partner is or may potentially be pregnant, you must avoid exposing her to your semen which could contain a tiny amount of the drug - for example, by using a condom during sexual activity. If a woman who is pregnant comes into contact with the active ingredient in ‘Proscar’, a doctor should be consulted. Whole ‘Proscar’ Tablets are coated to prevent contact with the active ingredient during normal handling.
Talk to your doctor if you have any questions.
Proscar (Finasteride) 5mg Tablets - Like any medicine, ‘Proscar’ may have unintended or unwanted effects. These are uncommon and do not affect most men. Side effects due to ‘Proscar’ may include:
If you experience these or any other unusual symptoms, go and see your doctor promptly. It will help if you make a note of what you experienced, when it started and how long it lasted.
Proscar (Finasteride) 5mg Tablets:
Active ingredients: Finasteride
Inactive ingredients: Hydrous lactose, microcrystalline cellulose, pregelatinized starch, sodium starch, glycolate, hydroxypropyl cellulose LF, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, titanium dioxide, magnesium, stearate, talc, docusate sodium, FD&C Blue 2 aluminum lake and yellow iron oxide.
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