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Proscar is used generally to treat symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH. In BPH, men have an enlarged prostrate. The generic name of this drug is Finasteride. It prevents the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone or DHT in the patient’s body. Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is caused by DHT. The enzyme type II 5α-reductase causes the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone in prostate glands, liver, and skin. This drug specifically restrains the function of the enzyme Type II 5α-reductase. Doctors may prescribe it in cases which are not listed above.
General side effects of Proscar are allergic reactions in the form of swelling of the face, mouth, lips, tongue, hives and breathing difficulty. The patient may face problems such as breast lumps or pain in the breasts or nipple discharge along with other visual changes in the breast. But these are not to be misinterpreted as signs of breast cancer. Also women and children should not handle Proscar as this drug can be absorbed through the patient’s skin which may cause serious side effects.
Other side effects of this drug include weakness or dizziness, swelling in the feet and hands, skin rash, nausea, headache and a general feeling of swooning. The patient may also experience an abnormal ejaculation, decrease in libido, and impotence, lack of orgasms, decrease in the quantity of ejaculate and a usual loss of interest in sex. If anyone experiences any one of these side effects after using Proscar, he should immediately consult with his doctor.
The recommended dosage for Proscar is 5 mg per day. This drug may be administered with or without foodstuff. The patients are required to consume this drug orally. The drug is administered independently or with the help of an alpha-blocker like Doxazosin. This combination is magnificent and helps to reduce the risk of development of BPH or benign prostatic hyperplasia.