Drug: Proscar

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Finasteride, also known as Proscar is a medicine that is commonly prescribed for treating some health complications such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) which is famously called enlarged prostate. In addition to its medical use, it has been marketed off-label as a treatment for male pattern baldness. This post looks at Proscar in details, its potential benefits and side effects that patients may come across.

What is Proscar?

Proscar is a drug under the category of 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors drugs. It does this by reducing the amount of DHT produced in your body, DHT being a natural hormone that causes prostate enlargement. By preventing or reversing an increase in the size of the prostate gland through decreasing levels of DHT, BPH symptoms like difficulty starting urination, weak stream and feeling like you need to urinate more often are reduced (including getting up during the night to pass urine).

Uses of Proscar

  • BENIGN PROSTATIC HYPERPLASIA: This medication is mostly used to manage BPH symptoms. It improves symptoms and may cause no surgical interventions for BPH.
  • Male Pattern Hair Loss: Although there are different opinions among authorities about using it this way, some have utilized lower doses of Proscar, given under the trade name “Propecia” for management of male pattern hair loss.

Benefits of Proscar

The advantages associated with using Proscar include:

  • A decrease in the need for surgical treatment options when managing BPH .
  • An improvement in urinary symptomatology and flow rate.
  • Potential re-growth or arrestation of hair loss in cases of androgenic alopecia.

Potential Side Effects of Proscar

However, while it is used to treat BPH and may help with hair loss, there are risks associated with its use. Common side effects include:

  • Sexual dysfunction (e.g., decreased libido, erectile dysfunction, ejaculation disorder)
  • Increase in high-grade prostate cancer
  • Swelling in the hands or feet
  • Tenderness or swelling in your breasts
  • Sensation of dizziness; weakness

A healthcare provider can give a full catalog of side effects that might result from taking Proscar and discuss any concerns about starting this treatment.


This drug is highly important in the management of benign prostatic hyperplasia as well as for those looking to fix male pattern baldness. It has significant benefits but understanding its possible adverse effects is vital for someone who intends to use this medication. Make sure you consult a health professional before using Proscar and also during the entire period to be monitored for any negative impacts.

Also remember that while it can save lives when dealing with certain conditions, such as BPH, you should only use Proscar prudently and under the guidance of an authorized healthcare professional.

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