Film-coated tablets of Proscar contain 5 mg of finasteride. Proscar is indicated for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia symptoms. It helps prevent urologic symptoms which are associated with risks of urinary retention.
Proscar is effective in the facilitating of the symptoms, reduces the risks of acute urinary retention, risks of surgery such as prostate resection, prostatectomy.
The medicine causes regression of the growing prostate, improves urinary flow and the symptoms which enlarged prostate causes.
The recommended dosage of Proscar for all men with prostate enlargement is one 5 mg tablet once a day. The consumption of food is possible. Sometimes Proscar is used together with other medicines.
The effects of the treatment are usually seen after the 4-6 weeks of treatment. The response of a patient can be individual and should be evaluated by a caring doctor. Sometimes, special tests are needed to estimate the results.
Contraindications for Proscar are:
Use in women and children;
Use in men who are hypersensitive to finasteride;
Use in men who have allergies to finasteride and similar drugs;
Use in men who have acute or severe problems with bladder, kidneys, liver.
No clinically important drug interactions have been identified with finasteride. This means that the medicine can be mixed with other commonly used medicine. Still, before the treatment and during the treatment with finasteride, it is necessary to inform a doctor about any other medicine use.
The medicine has no potential to affect ability to perform tasks which demand alertness such as driving or operating machinery.
It is recommended to avoid drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes during the treatment with finasteride.
Side effects are usually not observed by most men. The dose of the medicine is very low to produce any unpleasant side effects. Still some men can suffer from deterioration of existing sexual health issues like impotence or premature ejaculation. Some men complain about decreased libido which they associated with the course of finasteride.
To the other effects of finasteride the growth of the hair can be added. It is known that finasteride is used as a treatment of male pattern baldness. So, with its main purpose the medicine can produce the growth of hair which can be seen after several months of the treatment.
Symptoms of enlarged prostate are not always related directly to the size of the gland itself. The actual process of enlargement of prostate can produce no symptoms.
In some men, however, the symptoms can develop and worsen slowly and gradually until they really have great troubles with urination. Others never develop serious problems.
The treatment for prostate symptoms should be discussed with a doctor and started under control of a caring doctor. Self-treatment can lead to serious health consequences and problems. Do not self-treat or wait until the symptoms get really worse. Visit your doctor as soon as you start observing any difficulty with urination or sudden need to urinate or any other problems.