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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Proscar (Overview)

Proscar is an anti-BPH agent which is a kind of urology drug.


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Please describe the medication: proscar (finasteride)?

Please describe the medication: proscar (finasteride)?

Prostate Medication: Treats an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or bph) in men and causes hair growth in male pattern baldness. It may be used alone or in combination with other medicines such as an alpha-blocker (doxazosin, cardura®) to treat bph. This medicine is a 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor. ...Read more

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
133 doctors shared insights

Proscar (Overview)

Proscar is an anti-BPH agent which is a kind of urology drug.


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What do you advise if I'm experiencing a hair fall and thinning and I went to a doctor. she prescribed to me proscar (finasteride)?

What do you advise if I'm experiencing a hair fall and thinning and I went to a doctor. she prescribed to me proscar (finasteride)?

Helpful in Men: Proscar has been tested in men and may help variable. Articles distinctly state that 1 mg finasteride is of no use in women. The latter require at least 2.5 mg finasteride for many women. ...Read more

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My doctor made me stop proscar (finasteride) and start doxazosin. I heard you should use proscar (finasteride) with doxazosin is this fact?

My doctor made me stop proscar (finasteride) and start doxazosin. I heard you should use proscar (finasteride) with doxazosin is this fact?

See below: Not "should", but definately "can". There is good data that suggest using an Alpha blocker medicine (such as doxazosin) and a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor (such as finasteride) together to treat enlarged prostate works better than either drug used alone. This is especially true in men with larger prostates (>40 grams). ...Read more

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Is propecia/proscar effective in stopping balding and hair loss?

Is propecia/proscar effective in stopping balding and hair loss?

Yes: Propecia (finasteride) has been clinically proven to help. In a 5-year study of men with mild to moderate hair loss, 2 out of 3 of the men who took 1 mg of Finasteride daily regrew some hair. However, Propecia (finasteride) has been linked to long term erectile dysfunction. Other treatments exist such as hair transplantation. You may want to explore these options before taking any meds that may have unwanted side effects. ...Read more

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Does proscar work like using propecia (finasteride)?

They are the same : They are basically the same meds just different doses.Propecia (finasteride) is 1 mg versus prosacr. ...Read more

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Is there a doctor who could tell me if its safe to take proscar , doazosis and flomax (tamsulosin) together?

Is there a doctor who could tell me if its safe to take proscar , doazosis and flomax (tamsulosin) together?

Not ideal: Doxazosin and Flomax (tamsulosin) are in the same class of drug, known as Alpha blockers. They would not usually be prescribed together, because this could increase the risk of low blood pressure and symptoms such as dizziness. Finasteride is in a different class of drug (which affects testosterone metabolism) and can be taken together with either doxazosin or tamsulosin. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of taking proscar (finasteride)?

Variable: Definite decrease in semen volume; occasional erectile dysfunction; lowering of psa which needs to be factored in; hair growth on head. ...Read more

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I have been taking Proscar (finasteride) 1mg for almost the last 8 years for hair loss. Due to the side effects will it be better to switch to Saw palmetto ?Thanks

What side effect(s)?: Not certain which specific side effect(s) you're referring to. Also, finasteride is 1000 x's more potent than beta-sitosterol, which is 100-1000 x's more potent than saw palmetto: it is unlikely that switching will offer you any efficacy/benefit. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Bauman
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Finasteride (Definition)

Finasteride ( Proscar and Propecia (finasteride) by merck) is a synthetic type ii 5?-reductase inhibitor. This enzyme converts testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (dht). Finasteride is approved for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and ...Read more