Proscar (generic name finasteride) is a prescription medication used to treat symptoms of an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH). It is also used to reduce the risk of needing surgery to treat BPH and to reduce the risk of acute urinary retention (a sudden inability to urinate). Proscar is available in 5 mg tablets and is typically taken once daily.
The active ingredient in Proscar is finasteride, which works by blocking the production of a hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is a form of testosterone that can cause the prostate to enlarge. By blocking the production of DHT, Proscar helps to reduce the size of the prostate, improve urinary symptoms, and reduce the risk of needing surgery.
Common side effects of Proscar include decreased libido (sex drive), impotence (erectile dysfunction), and decreased volume of ejaculate (semen). Rare side effects include allergic reactions, breast tenderness, breast enlargement, and testicular pain. It is important to talk to your doctor about any side effects you experience while taking Proscar.
Other active ingredients in Proscar include lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, pregelatinized starch, sodium starch glycolate, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, magnesium stearate, and hydroxypropyl cellulose.
Proscar is also known by its generic name finasteride and by other brand names such as Propecia and Propecia Pro-Pak. It is important to talk to your doctor before taking any of these medications.
Proscar is a prescription medication and should only be taken as directed by your doctor. It is important to take Proscar exactly as prescribed and to not take more or less than the recommended dose. It is also important to take Proscar at the same time each day.
If you have any questions about Proscar or any of its active ingredients, it is important to talk to your doctor. Your doctor can provide more information about the uses, side effects, and ingredients of Proscar.