By shrinking the enlarged prostate, Proscar may alleviate the various associated urinary problems, making surgery unnecessary.
Many men over age 50 suffer from a benign (noncancerous) enlargement of the prostate.
Proscar is prescribed to help shrink an enlarged prostate.
Resulting problems may include difficulty in starting urination, weak flow of urine, and the need to urinate urgently or frequently.
Some doctors are prescribing Proscar for baldness and as a preventive measure against prostate cancer.
Sometimes surgical removal of the prostate is necessary.
The enlarged gland squeezes the urethra, obstructing the normal flow of urine.
The prostate, a chestnut-shaped gland present in males, produces a liquid that forms part of the semen.
This gland completely encloses the upper part of the urethra, the tube through which urine flows out of the bladder.
Different men have different responses to Proscar:
- You may experience early relief from your urinary problems;
- You may find that, even after a year of treatment, proscar simply has not helped you;
- You may need to take the drug for 6 months or even a year before noticing any improvement;
Proscar side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
Side effects may include:
- Decreased sex drive;
- Decreased amount of semen per ejaculation;
Proscar is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- If you are sensitive to it or have ever had an allergic reaction to it;
- If proscar does relieve your urinary symptoms, periodic checkups are necessary to test for possible development of cancer of the prostate;
Do not take Proscar with any of the following drugs:
No significant drug interactions have been reported.
The recommended dosage, for men only, is one 5-milligram tablet per day.
Although no specific information is available, any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences.
If you suspect an overdose of Proscar, seek medical attention immediately.