Proscar (Finasteride)Brand Names: Proscar, Propecia
Related Medications: Avodart, Cardura, Cardura XL, Enablex, Flomax, Hytrin, Jalyn, Rapaflo Capsules, Uroxatral
Nowadays, MPB, or male pattern baldness, affects many patients, especially if they are older than 35. Contrary to existing beliefs, most of those men who develop this medical condition are unsatisfied with it and ready to do anything to treat it because hair loss affects many aspects of their everyday lives, including personal relationships. The good news is that they can find effective pharmaceutical solutions, such as Proscar, a popular medicine taken to treat male pattern baldness. However, it’s necessary to learn more about the right doses, adverse effects, dangerous drug combinations and other basic details before starting this treatment.
Basically, Proscar is prescribed by doctors to those patients who want to treat androgenic alopecia or male pattern baldness. This medication was approved by the FDA almost 20 years ago for this specific purpose, and it comes as 1 mg tablets (stored at room temperatures) that should be taken according to the recommendations of physicians.
When it comes to the right doses, most doctors recommend their patients to take Proscar 1 mg once a day, and this treatment should be continues for several months because it takes some time to notice the benefits of this treatment. However, if there are no benefits observed, patients and their physicians should switch to other available treatments.
How does this medication work? Proscar is a man-made synthetic compound taken by men to treat their androgenic alopecia, and it works by blocking the conversion of testosterone toDHT. This means that its intake reduces the scalp and blood concentrations of DHT, a chemical associated with male pattern baldness.
Like all the other meds, the intake of Proscar may cause certain negative effects, and the most common side effects in addition to standard nausea, headaches and vomiting include the following:
Besides, there are some rare and serious adverse effects that may be experienced by a few patients, such as increased risk of developing male breast cancer and prostate cancer. It’s advisable to discuss all benefits and risks with doctors before starting this treatment.
There are certain medications that should be avoided by patients when taking Proscar, including rifampin, carbamazepine and some others that work by decreasing the blood levels of this medicine. They also need to avoid combining Proscar with those drugs that increase its levels in the blood, including erythromycin and itraconazole. That’s why patients need to inform their doctors about any pharmaceutic products that they are taken, even when it comes to simple vitamins. In addition, their physicians also need to know about their pre-existing conditions, especially if patients have specific allergic reactions.