FinasterideBrand Names: Propecia, Proscar
Related Medications: Avodart, Cardura, Cardura XL, Enablex, Flomax, Hytrin, Jalyn, Rapaflo Capsules, Uroxatral
Many people, who are diagnosed with BPH, or benign prostatic hyperplasia, take Finasteride to shrink enlarged prostate. Sometimes, it’s taken together with other meds to eliminate the symptoms of this health condition and avoid surgeries. There are many benefits that can be obtained by patients after undergoing this treatment, including their reduced urge to urinate, decreased nighttime urination, better urine flow and so on.
Basically, Finasteride works by reducing the natural amount of DHT responsible for the growth of prostate. Prostate glands are located around a tube that empties urine from a bladder, and it’s called urethra. When these glands enlarge (it often happens after 50), it may start obstructing or blocking the right urine flow, thus, resulting in annoying and painful symptoms, including a narrow stream, urinary burning, etc. BPH is a health condition that depends on DHT levels, and the intake of Finasteride inhibits one enzyme important for converting testosterone into DHT. This means that its use decreases DHT levels in the blood and tissues, thus, helping to reduce the size of a prostate gland. In general, it takes up to a few weeks and even months to achieve this positive effect.
Finasteride should be taken orally either without or with food, once a day and according to the guidelines of doctors. Doses should be taken on a regular basis to get the most out of this treatment, so that patients need to use this medication at the same time of the day. It’s not advisable to stop this treatment or change regular doses without consulting medical professionals.
Finasteride may reduce the sexual ability or desire of some patients, and a few men may end up with decreased amount of semen when taking it, but this condition is harmless. This medication may boost people’s hair growth too, and doctors need to know about any of these unwanted symptoms. Most patients who take Finasteride don’t develop any side effects at all, but in rare cases they end up with such serious symptoms as:
Allergic reactions to the components of Finasteride are not likely to develop, but if patients notice such signs as rash, swelling, itching, difficulty breathing or dizziness, they need to go to the hospital at once.
Before using Finasteride, patients need to inform their doctors about any possible allergic reactions and their medical history, including prostate cancer, liver problems, infections, urinary issues, etc. Finally, this medication shouldn’t be combined with certain drugs to avoid dangerous interactions, and its use may affect blood lab tests, so that doctors should be aware of all of them.