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- Why is Proscar prescribed?
- Proscar is prescribed to help shrink an enlarged prostate.
The prostate produces secretions that form part of the semen. This gland completely
encloses the upper part of the urethra, the tube through which urine flows out of the
bladder. Many men over age 50 suffer from a benign (noncancerous) enlargement of the
prostate. The enlarged gland squeezes the urethra, obstructing the normal flow of urine.
Resulting problems may include difficulty in starting urination, weak flow of urine, and
the need to urinate urgently or frequently. Sometimes surgical removal of the prostate is
By shrinking the enlarged prostate, Proscar may alleviate the various associated urinary
problems, making surgery unnecessary.
Some doctors are also prescribing Proscar for baldness and as a preventive measure against
- What effects should I see with Proscar?
- Different men have different responses to Proscar: You may
experience early relief from your urinary problems. You may need to take the drug for 6
months or even a year before noticing any improvement. Or you may find that, even after a
year of treatment, Proscar simply has not helped you.
- How should I take Proscar?
- You may take Proscar either with a meal or between meals.
- What side-effects could occur from taking Proscar?
- Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change
in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it
is safe for you to continue taking Proscar.
Side effects may include:
Decreased amount of semen per ejaculation, decreased sex drive, impotence
- Who should not take Proscar?
- Proscar should never be taken by a woman or a child.
Do not take Proscar if you are sensitive to it or have ever had an allergic reaction to
- What if I am pregnant or nursing?
- Women should not take Proscar! If a pregnant woman who is
carrying a male fetus absorbs Proscar accidentally, the drug may cause defective
development of the baby's genital organs. Any woman of childbearing age should be careful
never to touch a crushed Proscar tablet. If her sexual partner is taking Proscar, he
should always wear a condom when they have intercourse to avoid any possible transfer of
the drug to her body via his semen.
- What is the recommended dosage to take of Proscar?
- The recommended dosage, for men only, is one 5-milligram
tablet per day.kidney problems, the dosage will be lower.