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Doctor insights on: Stopping Proscar

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Finasteride side effects include what?

Finasteride side effects include what?

Sexual side effects: The most commonj side effects of Finasteride include sexual dysfunction and decreased libido. It can also cause some enlargement of breast tissue over time. ...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


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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 (finasteride) cause moobs if so if you stop taking it will the moobs go away?

Does proscar (finasteride) cause moobs if so if you stop taking it will the moobs go away?

Maybe: It is a possible side effect, especially if the guy is obese as he has higher estrogen levels to begin with. Once moobs form, they're tough to get rid of. ...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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Where can I get propecia (finasteride) or proscar?

From licensed doctor: Go for a preliminary evaluation to suspect if you have androgenic hair loss. Then s/he may prescribe it (1 mg of finasteride) as instructed and see. Its intended effect may appear in 3 or more months after its use. More? Ask doctor or contact me timely if you wish. ...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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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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What are the side effects of proscar (finasteride)?

Here are some...: As a drug to deplete dihyrotestosterone - active form of testosterone, it may induce loss of sex desire, erectile dysfunction, poor ejaculation, being hard to reach orgasm, etc. Although it helps improve androgenic hair loss to some men at low dose and shrink the prostate at a dose of 5 mg by mouth daily for improving urine flow. More? Ask your doc or contact me. ...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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Is proscar (finasteride) actually good for scars?

Maybe: I am not familiar with proscar, (finasteride) but the only thing I know of that will help scar appearance is topical silicone. In the past we have used silicone sheets to put on scars, but now there are many different types of silicone preparations out there in the drug stores. I recommend scar guard. You paint it on twice a day. ...Read more

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I been taking 2mgs of estrogen and 2.5 proscar (finasteride) for 5 years. Two weeks ago I quit cold turkey and now suffering. Should go back on then off slowly?

Probably, but: You are the only person who can determine whether hormone replacement therapy is for you. Many women never are able to discontinue hormone replacement without getting uncomfortable hot flushes and night sweats, even is they try to "wean" off slowly. ...Read more

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Can you take proscar, doxazosin and flomax (tamsulosin) together?

Can you take proscar, doxazosin 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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Does anyone know if aldactone (spironolactone) is a good alternative to taking proscar or rogaine?

Does anyone know if aldactone (spironolactone) is a good alternative to taking proscar or rogaine?

No, especially...: ...If you're a man. It's a mild anti-androgen, but not nearly as effective as finasteride. (rogaine (minoxidil) works by a completely different mechanism.) besides, it can cause side effects such as impotence, breast enlargement and decreased sex drive when taken by men. It is sometimes used for hair loss in women, but it's an off-label use, and requires monitoring. ...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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If proscar (finasteride) enlarges mammary glands can you take gynexin which is suppose to reduces mammary glands?

Probably not: Gynexin is a mixture of herbal compounds which have not been properly researched. You could try it, but I feel you would be wasting your money. I also contains caffeine, so it could have other unwanted side effects. ...Read more

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I have low t and took proscar (finasteride) for 6 years I stopped proscar (finasteride), if I raise my t would my gynecomastia reside?

I have low t and took proscar (finasteride) for 6 years I stopped proscar (finasteride), if I raise my t would my gynecomastia reside?

Testosterone: If you are on testosterone, your doctor should periodically check your estradiol level, and if you are converting testosterone to estradiol, your doctor can prescribe an aromatase inhibitor to stop that conversion. ...Read more

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Is it true that proscar and avodart (dutasteride) may prevent some prostate cancers but can actually cause aggressive prostate cancers?

Is it true that proscar and avodart (dutasteride) may prevent some prostate cancers but can actually cause aggressive prostate cancers?

Uncertain: There is some data suggesting that the cancers in patients on these drugs were higher grade. However, since the rates of adverse outcomes were not significantly higher in those patients, it raises the possibility that these results might be skewed. One possibility is that reduction in the size of the prostate makes it easier to find these cancers even though they may not be caused by the treatment. ...Read more

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Urologist wants me to try Proscar (finasteride) for BPH (30 to 40 gm size). Debatable help at this size. Reading about Post-Finasteride Syndrome. Concerned.

Symptoms: Would recommend trying it. If it does not help with your symptoms you will have an extra reason not to take. If it does work discuss with your urologist at followup visit about post-finasteride syndrome. ...Read more

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How effective is harifin 5 (proscar) for hair loss?

Is effective: A lower dose of Finasteride is available as Propecia (finasteride) which is also effective. ...Read more

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Can taking wellbutrin (bupropion) and proscar while using nexplanon make the spotting worse or alter menstrual patterns?

Can taking wellbutrin (bupropion) and proscar while using nexplanon make the spotting worse or alter menstrual patterns?

Not sure: Not sure of the effects of Proscar in women. I haven't seen it used. Assume for hair loss? The wellbutrin (bupropion) will have no effect. ...Read more

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Do rogaine (minoxidil) could cause low libido as proscar do. I want to use rogaine (minoxidil) for hairloss but heard from users it can cause ed. So im afraid to use it?

Do rogaine (minoxidil) could cause low libido as proscar do. I want to use rogaine (minoxidil) for hairloss but heard from users it can cause ed. So im afraid to use it?

Here are some. ..: Some 1.5% of Rogaine (minoxidil) male users reported erectile dysfunction. Of course, who will have certain side effect is unpredictable; such has applied to the use of all medications. Generally speaking, before legally popularly used, all drugs in use has been studied and confirmed to be reasonable, except some non-regulated pills online. So, you have to decide what you would like to cope... ...Read more

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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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enlarged prostate/ luts, started flomax (tamsulosin) and proscar. 4 episododes of dark stained underwear. Urine test done. Is catscan and cystoscopy needed? . 6p

enlarged prostate/ luts, started flomax (tamsulosin) and proscar. 4 episododes of dark stained underwear. Urine test done. Is catscan and cystoscopy needed? . 6p

Possible prostatitis: An enlarged prostate with staining of underwear could be due to prostatitis. Is there discomfort on urination? What did the urine test show? Be sure to get a urinalysis with microscopic exam and a urine culture. Get a PSA test to rule out prostate cancer. If these don't give the answer, get a cystoscopy and possibly catscan.
Feel free to consult me on HealthTap if you want to discuss further. ...Read more

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Does Proscar (finasteride) cause high grade cancer or help detect it easier? I use for male pattern baldness. I'm unsure if safe. 4 days 1.25mg miss every 5th

Does Proscar (finasteride) cause high grade cancer or help detect it easier? I use for male pattern baldness. I'm unsure if safe. 4 days 1.25mg miss every 5th

Yes and no: 15 or so yrs ago a researcher reported that Proscar (finasteride) may help prevent ca prostate. Much controversy occurred. Since then many reports have said yes and no. But most seem to believe Proscar (finasteride) could have a good effect on preventing prostate cancer. The good part is, it seems to do no harm except reducing the amount of semen at ejaculation time, which females seem to appreciate. ...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

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Wear Foley 2 months. Taking flomax (tamsulosin) & proscar. Urologist tried flooding bladder with 250cc's.Couldn't urinate enough. Penis is eroding. How to retrain?

Need more info: Your age? Is prostate enlarged and obstrutcing? High chance of infection with Foley for 2 mos. How much flomax:You can take it 0.4mg twice daily. Proscar (finasteride) does not work until you have been on it for about 4 months. Have you had cystometrogram? Are you diabetic? How much residual urine by ultrasound? Difficult to give you helpful answer without more information. Sorry I could not give better answer. ...Read more

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Steroids will speed up hair loss, but will avodart (dutasteride) or proscar really work to prevent this when on cycle?

Steroids will speed up hair loss, but will avodart (dutasteride) or proscar really work to prevent this when on cycle?

Do you need it?: Since no known study has been done to specifically address the issues in this Q at least in my 46 yrs in training/practice in urology, I would hesitate to offer any related opinions. However, it is still logical to know what is your specific concern/goal of considering the use of a-alpha reductase inhibitors before embarking such application. More? To http://www. Formefirst. Com/eNewsletter06.html. ...Read more

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Hello, I have been using Proscar (finasteride) 1mg for my hair loss. Does it have any side effect on infertility and prostate on a long run? Has it been proved?

Proved: You can save money by getting prescription finasteride 5mg (duterasteride may be even better) and cutting it into 4 parts, take 1 part a day. This is dramatically cheaper. By taking this, you will lose less hair with aging. You will suffer less enlargement and less cancer of the prostate. There may be a small risk of higher grade prostate cancer. No effect on fertility. Longer use = more benefit. ...Read more

Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Proscar (Definition)

Proscar is an anti-BPH agent which is a ...Read more