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These are pills based on the finasteride component. One package has 14 tablets of 5 mg of this component in each of them. These membrane-coated tablets also contain aqueous lactose, titanium dioxide, and also docusate sodium, magnesium stearate, and other active substances. You can find another name for Proscar (finasteride) - Propecia (finasteride).
There is a definite difference between the two drugs. Propecia has 1 mg tablets and it is prescribed for men who have problems with hair loss. Proscar has a tablet with 5 mg of finasteride, this medicine is used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia in those men who have an enlarged prostate size.
The composition of the pills may have a side effect for your body, so contact your doctor if you have:
- Swelling of the arms or legs.
- Problems with orgasm (the component inside the tablet can affect this even when used as an anti-hair loss remedy).
- Skin rash.
- Loss of interest in sex.
- Fainting condition.
If you take this drug as your doctor had recommended, the effect will be after 3 months (to reduce the size of the prostate gland). The effectiveness of the drug for hair loss is recorded after 1-2 weeks of using this medicament.
If you are taking these pills to increase hair growth, it is important to remember that this drug affects men's health. After the end of the using, the man may feel the reluctance to have sex. This is the effect of the active components but a little later all the symptoms will go away. Proscar is used to increase hair growth only in men because this medicament affects the amount and function of male hormones.
Proscar can be used together with other medicines, for example, with antibiotics, antidepressants, pills for the heart, blood pressure, HIV, etc. You need to consult your doctor but the recommended use of this medicine is 1 tablet per day.
Medically reviewed by Dr. Josette Davignon
Last updated: 7.05.2021