Proscar contains an active ingredient Finasteride 5mg. It is a drug used to treat a condition known as BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) in men with an enlarged prostate gland.
The condition occurs in men above fifty years and can lead to symptoms such as
· An interrupted or weak urine stream.
· Urge to pass urine often, especially at night.
· Delay before start to passing urine.
· A feeling that you cannot empty your bladder.
BPH may lead to the need for surgery to improve passing of urine. The prostate gland does not grow overnight. Hence the symptoms take long to develop. Proscar should be taken for several months for results to be seen. If it works well for the patient, surgery will not be necessary.
Proscar may be prescribed to you for other reasons. Hence it is important to know from your doctor why it has been prescribed to you.
Should not be taken if
· The packaging is tampered with or open.
· Its Past expiry date on the pack, it will not work.
· Pregnant or women who might be pregnant should not swallow it or come in contact with broken or crushed tablets. If absorbed in the body of a woman pregnant with a baby boy, it may lead to abnormalities of the baby’s sex organs.
Inform your doctor of any other medication you are taking, either prescribed or over the counter. If you have to start a new medication at the time you taking it, please inform your doctor.
How to take Proscar
· Strictly follow the doctor’s instructions, do not take more or less, usually a tablet daily.
· Swallow it with a glass of water.
· Can be taken with or without food.
· You might be required to take it for six or more months since it shrinks the prostate gland slowly.
Call your doctor immediately if you or another person takes an overdose. This should be done even if no signs or reactions or poisoning are seen.
Must do while taking Proscar
· Visit your doctor regularly for checkups.
· Inform your doctor that you under Proscar if taking a blood test for prostate-specific antigen, it can affect the results.
Call for emergency help if you notice the following after taking the medication:
· Breathing problems
· Swollen throat, lips, face and tongue
Inform your doctors immediately if the following is noticed
· Breast lumps
· Discharge from the nipples
· Other breast changes. These are signs of breast cancer in men.
Common side effects include
· Low libido
· Changes in ejaculation
· Swollen hands and feet