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Proscar is also known as Propecia. Proscar was intended to treat men with an enlarged prostate. The medical term for enlarged prostate is symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia. Proscar was designed to reduce the risk of acute urinary retention or other urinary related symptoms such as difficult urination, a decrease in the flow of urine, hesitation at the beginning of urination, or getting up during the night. This may also reduce the need for surgery. This includes surgeries such as prostatectomy and transurethral resection of the prostate. Proscar works by preventing testosterone from converting to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is a key factor of the development of benign prostatic hyperplasia. It has also shown to reduce hair loss in men with male pattern baldness.
Significant changes in male breast tissue have been reported such as enlargement, tenderness and neoplasm. Other reported side effects to the breast are lumps, pain and discharge. You should tell your doctor if you have any of these symptoms. Normal side effects to Proscar are decrease in sex drive, decreased volume of ejaculate, failure to obtain or maintain erection, breast tenderness and enlargement. If you have an allergic reaction while taking Proscar such as difficulty breathing, closing throat, hives, or swelling of the lips, face or tongue, you should stop taking Proscar and seek emergency medical attention immediately.
This medication is not intended for women or children. Women who are pregnant should not handle this medication. Proscar falls into pregnancy category X which means it is proven to cause birth defects. It has been found that crushed or broken Proscar tablets can be absorbed into the skin. Proscar can cause birth defects to a male fetus.
It is unknown whether Proscar reacts with other medications. Be sure to tell your doctor if you are taking prescription medications, over the counter medicines or herbal remedies.