Proscar (Finasteride) is a type of steroid reductase inhibitor. It works by reducing the amount of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body. This makes the prostate gland smaller, which helps to relieve urinary problems. Proscar is an effective treatment by Merck & Co. against urinary problems caused by BPH.
Proscar also marketed as: Anatine, Finasteride, Nasterid, Propecia, Prosmin.
*Proscar® is manufactured by Merck & Co.
Finasteride may cause drowsiness or dizziness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Finasteride with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
Finasteride may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting; alcohol, hot weather, exercise, or fever may increase these effects. To prevent them, sit up or stand slowly, especially in the morning. Sit or lie down at the first sign of any of these effects. Finasteride may increase the risk of certain birth defects, including abnormal formation of genitalia in male fetuses.
Finasteride is coated to prevent contact with Finasteride while handling undamaged tablets. The coating is not effective if the tablets are damaged, broken, or crushed. Women who are pregnant or may be pregnant should avoid contact with damaged, broken, or crushed tablets. If contact occurs, tell your doctor at once. Finasteride may interfere with certain lab tests, including PSA tests. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are taking Finasteride. Finasteride may cause harm to the fetus. It is not known if Finasteride is found in breast milk. Finasteride is not approved for use in women. Some medical conditions may interact with Finasteride.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you: If you are planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding; If you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement; If you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances; If you have a narrowing or blockage in the urinary tract, prostate cancer, nerve or muscle problems of the bladder, a bladder infection, severe trouble urinating, or if you are unable to urinate; If you have a history of increased serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels, abnormal liver function tests, or liver problems.