Proscar (Finasteride) (fi-NAS-teer-ide)
What is Proscar (Finasteride) used for?
Proscar (Finasteride) is prescribed to adult men as an ongoing treatment for hair loss caused by male pattern baldness. It is able to prevent the production of the male hormone that stops hair from growing. Apart from this use, it is prescribed to treat another condition, benign prostatic hypertrophy. This condition causes an enlarged prostate, which in turn causes problems urinating. This drug can shrink the enlarged prostate, and treat these symptoms.
How should I use Proscar (Finasteride) ?
Patients who have been prescribed Proscar (Finasteride) tablets are usually told to take one tablet per day. If you are treating male pattern baldness, it may take up to 3 months before any positive effects are noticed. Most patients should notice an improvement in their condition after one year. In order to maintain newly regained hair, it is necessary to continue taking this drug. Patients who stop taking it may lose newly grown hair. If you are treating BPH, it may take up to 6 months to notice any improvement. You should continue taking it unless told otherwise by your physician.
What are the side effects of Proscar (Finasteride) ?
Patients taking Proscar (Finasteride) may notice some side effects, such as:
Patients who notice any changes in the size of their breasts, or breast pain should immediately consult their physician.
This drug is only to be used by adult men. Women and children should not take it.
This medication may be absorbed through the skin. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid handling these tablets.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Proscar (Finasteride). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.