Proscare 5mg (Finasteride)
|Proscare 5mg (Finasteride)x90 90||$0.65||$58.50|
|Proscare 5mg (Finasteride)x180 180||$0.55||$99.00|
|Proscare 5mg (Finasteride)x360 360||$0.45||$162.00|
Proscare contains 5mg of the active ingredient Finasteride, which is primarily used for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia. During clinical trials with Finasteride, hair growth was noted as its side effect which led to some companies developing Finasteride to treat male pattern baldness. It works by inhibiting the action of the enzyme called 5-alpha- reductase. This enzyme is responsible for converting testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which actually shrinks hair follicles, leading to hair loss. In order to increase hair regrowth and slow down hair loss, FInasteride inhibits the enzyme to reduce DHT levels. This medication does not affect hair growth in other parts of the body.
Proscare is manufactured by Fortune Health Care Ltd.
People with known allergy to the active ingredient Finasteride and all its inactive ingredients, must not take this medication.
Proscare is contraindicated in pregnant and breastfeeding women. The drug may harm an unborn and breastfeeding baby.
Warnings and Precautions
A healthcare professional must be consulted prior to taking Proscare in order to determine the safety of the medication. All other medications being taken and other medical conditions must be informed to healthcare professionals.
Caution is advised to patients with:
- Prostate cancer
- Urinary tract problems like narrowing or blockage, nerve or muscle problems in the bladder, bladder infection, or urination problems
- History of increased serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels, abnormal liver function tests or any liver problems
Note that this medication can affect PSA test results.
A tablet crushed or with a broken coating must not be handled by pregnant women or those planning to get pregnant because the drug can be absorbed via skin. Finasteride can cause genital abnormalities in a developing male infant.
Consult a healthcare provider for more information.
Proscare and Alcohol
Combination of Finasteride (Proscare) and alcohol must be avoided as both are linked to increased risk of prostate cancer development.
A healthcare provider must be consulted before taking Proscare.
The usual adult dose of Finasteride for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia is 5mg once a day. As for androgenetic alopecia in men, 1mg once daily is the usual adult dose. The safety and efficacy of treating male pattern hair loss has been established in men aged 18 to 41 years with mild to moderate hair loss in the vertex and mid scalp area.
Proscare is available as a 5mg Finasteride medication. 1mg per day of Finasteride is already an effective treatment and the recommended dose for hair loss. Taking the whole 5mg per day won’t increase and speed up its efficacy. Therefore, this medication is best taken in 4 divided doses. Divide the tablet into 4 parts using a tablet cutter to get 1.25mg per piece. Take one 1.25mg piece orally, once a day, with or without food, and swallowed whole with a glassful of water. Each dose must be taken at the same time each day. The dose must not be doubled to compensate for a missed dose.
The effect of this medication may be seen in about 3 months of taking it. Continuous and regular use is recommended to maintain the benefit from this drug. Stopping the use may lead to the reversal of its effects within 12 months.
Most people taking this medication have no side effects or only has minor side effects. Men taking Proscare may experience a decrease in sexual desire or sexual ability such as difficulty in getting an erection. This medication may also cause a decrease in the amount semen released during ejaculation. These effects may continue even after stopping the medication. Consult a healthcare professional if these side effects persist or become worse.
Other side effects may include, but not limited to:
- Runny or clogged nose
- Unusual drowsiness
Seek medical help if these rare yet serious side effects occur as these may be signs of male breast cancer:
- Nipple discharge
- Breast lumps
- Pain in breasts
- Other breast changes
The medication must be stopped and immediate medical help is needed if an allergic reaction to Proscare occurs. A serious allergic reaction is characterized by rash, itching, severe dizziness, trouble breathing, swelling of face, tongue or throat.
Consult a healthcare professional for more information.